Most Popular Industries Right Now 2020 | How To Get A Remote/Virtual Job

Currently, remote/virtual working is not a new concept to the world, over the past couple of years, research and studies have been done by Cornell University’s Centre of Advanced Human Resources, showcasing that over nine Fortune 500 companies, on average have 50% of their employees working remotely. These companies include IBM, Amazon, General Mills, CitiGroup, Cisco Systems and more.


What is it?

Remote work is a working style that allows professionals to work outside of a traditional office environment. It is based on the concept that work does not need to be done in a specific place to be executed successfully. There are a variety of ways in which people can work remotely, for example, some people have the opportunity to work remotely for the majority of the working week, but have to commute to in-person meetings at the office one day a week. On a typical day, these remote employees work from their home offices or nearby cafés and can work from their company’s office or collaborative work environments when it’s necessary. However, its important to note that every company provides different remote working options for its employees, but these are some common and general concepts you will experience with remote working.


Why is remote working the future?

Remote working has been present for over 6 years already and there are many misconceptions that remote work is only for people who are freelancers, but this is not necessarily true at all. Many popular international companies such as Amazon, Nike, Apple, American Express and many more have adopted remote/virtual working methods for their employees. The beauty of remote work is that it is not confided to just one type of industry, you will be able to find remote work for companies in iGaming, eCommerce, tech, health and fitness, marketing, you name it! Yes, there are some challenges that came come with remote working but luckily there are plenty of developers who are creating systems for companies to use in order for all its employees to work remotely successfully.


How do I find a remote job?

Many industries are hiring remotely, especially more recently with the outbreak of the coronavirus. However, listed below are a few types of jobs that one can get remotely. Therefore, if you have recently been retrenched or are looking to change careers for remote working, check out the list below:

  1. Call Centre Agents-Do you have great phone skills? Do you like talking to people? A work-from-home call centre position might be a good option to consider. Some companies hire virtual call centre representatives for their own business needs, while others use third-party representatives.
  2. Customer Service Representatives– Many companies, including online retailers and other digital organizations, hire individuals to manage customer service requests. Individuals with a background in retail, customer service, marketing, or communications would be a good fit for this kind of job. Most importantly, fluency in more than one language will render you advantageous above other candidates applying of CSR jobs as employers look for people who can communicate in more than one language to help their customers

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  1. Teacher & Tutor Jobs– With advancements in technology and high-speed internet connections, more opportunities for teachers to work with students across the globe are now available. In addition, there is a growing demand for online teachers due to the coronavirus pandemic, making this a perfect opportunity for people who have teaching qualifications to help young individuals still receive an education during this period.
  2. Data Entry, Coding, Transcription-You need to be careful to avoid scams when you’re looking for data entry work, but there are legitimate data entry jobs that are suitable for entry-level employees. If you have more advanced skills and typing experience, you can also consider work-from-home transcription and medical coding jobs.
  3. Translator Positions– If you are bilingual or proficient in a multitude of languages, you can find a job working as a translator. Many of these jobs can be done remotely and on a freelance basis. Translators who work online might be employed by a translating company, or translate news stories and articles, web pages, and books
  4. Web Developer & Graphic Designer Jobs – Many people make a living as web developers or graphic designers, whether working with a specific company or on a freelance basis for a variety of clients. Although learning how to design websites or graphics can sometimes involve a steep learning curve, there are a lot of online resources for those interested in this work such as Udemy, GetSmarter and more.

Additionally, nearly every business needs a website, so there are endless opportunities if you market yourself to large or small businesses and any previous work experience will most definitely help in securing a remote/virtual job.

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  1. Android or iPhone Developer- Those with a background in computer science or software engineering might consider becoming an Android or iPhone developer and be tasked with designing or troubleshooting mobile apps. With an internet connection and the appropriate design software, this type of job can be done from anywhere in the world.
  2. Online and Email MarketingOnline and email marketers are responsible for designing email advertising campaigns, managing subscriber lists, and increasing their brand or clients’ reach. People in this position may work on a full-time or part-time basis for one company or work as a freelancer for many different companies


These are just a few of the type of jobs that one can work remotely, its important to note that skills can be transferred between industries and with a bit of extra experience and studies, you can most defiantly find remote  jobs that suits your skill set.


I am interested in remote working jobs, now what do I do?

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We at Black Pen place candidates in Europe, Middle East and South Africa on an ongoing basis, so even if we do not have the perfect positions for you today, we may have something suitable in the future. We are committed to offering the best personal service to our clients and candidates, building a long-term future that is mutually beneficial for all parties. We look forward to hearing from you and to help you take this next step in your career.