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In this series, we explore how distributed engineers can set themselves up for success during the job search, from standing out in the application process and nailing the online interview to understanding the market for remote salaries and how to negotiate it. Here are the highlights:

Episode 01: Standing out as a remote candidate

In this panel discussion, we brought together a group of engineering leaders to shine a light on what tech companies are really looking for in remote applicants, and share practical tips for nailing the remote interviewing process.

Featuring Greg Dick (Director of Engineering, Hudl), Romina Suarez (Senior Engineer, Hiring, Automattic), Allison McMillan (Head of Engineering, Forem), Dave Walters (CTO, Hired), and Miriam DeAna (Director of Engineering, Pathstream) the panel discussed:

  • What distributed companies are looking for in a remote candidate
  • Which distributed roles will be the right fit for you 
  • How to determine a potential employer’s expectations and distributed work culture
  • How to open up job opportunities and career paths around the world

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Episode 02: What top companies are looking for in a great remote technical interview

Remote candidates often focus on showing off their technical skills – like programming and domain knowledge – but forget to shine a light on their non-technical skills. And today’s companies are looking for both in their next best hire.

Which non-technical skills are most important? Here Robin Gupta identifies the ABCs of successful applicants: having the right attitude, showing evidence of boldness, and demonstrating skills in comprehension, communication, and creativity.

Episode 03: How to maximize your job offer as a remote engineer

With so much confusion around standards and salaries for remote roles, it can be hard to know what a good compensation package looks like. So how can you feel confident you’re getting paid what you deserve?

In this article, Lawrence Barker shares three steps for assessing and maximizing your job offer: learn how companies think about compensation for remote employees; understand the market for your skills and experience; and look at the benefits to understand the full picture.

Episode 04: How to stand out behind the screen: A guide for remote candidates

What is it that makes one CV stand out over another? In this article, hiring manager Matthew Gladyshev pulls back the curtain to reveal what he looks for when scouring applications and conducting interviews for engineering roles.

From clearly communicating your timezone and office-based availability to highlighting the kind of work you enjoy and what makes you special, he reveals his tips and tricks for standing out from the crowd.

A final takeaway

Setting yourself up for success as a remote candidate is about more than persuading a company they should hire you; it’s about finding a company, role, and compensation package that works for you. In Lawrence Barker’s words, ‘It’s about finding the role that maximizes your chances of realizing the satisfaction, growth, and success you’ve been looking for.’ To put yourself in the strongest position, remember to read up on the market, showcase both your non-technical and technical skills, and know your worth. Good luck!

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How to stand out behind the screen: A guide for remote candidates
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