Have you ever been on a job hunt specifically looking for remote jobs? I have!
A few years ago, I was unemployed and quite motivated to land myself a job. I was living as an expat at the time and found it was hard to find a good job as a foreigner where I was living. I just had to find a job I could from home. I had no choice.
Every day, I would sit in front of my laptop and spend hours checking every job board, freelancing site, and company page where I knew remote jobs would be posted. Being a first applicant made a difference, so I scoured these sites repeatedly, waiting to pounce when I found a position that seemed good.
Have you ever done this before? If so, you know how tedious it is. Just think — what if someone did all of this hunting for you? Would you have more free time? Would you use it to develop yourself or get some new training? Or would you work on projects to fix up the house before you get a job and get too busy again?
For the many remote job seekers that live this, there is hope. Remote Weekly has been created, and it’s a new tool that learns job seekers’ preferences, scours the web for them, and then notifies them of opportunities they’ll likely be interested in.
When I read about Remote Weekly I just had to find out more. I asked its creator, Petr Nagy who is a programmer and remote worker to tell me and the audience at YamteQ about it. Luckily, he agreed!
Now, feel free to read on and learn what it’s all about.
1. Tell us about yourself and why you decided to create Remote Weekly?
Hi! I’m Pete. Digital nomad and remote worker from Czechia, Central Europe.
My first experiments with remote work go back to a time when I was a junior web developer at a digital agency in my early twenties.
As I gained more seniority and experience, I could (and did) use the home office perks more and more often.
I enjoyed them so much that I decided on going fully remote. At the time, I was mostly working from home.
I still worked for the same company, but I was able to pick up other clients along the way from contacts I’d made over the last few years and former coworkers that were now working elsewhere.
About a year ago, I finally started my digital nomad (DN) journey. At this point, I’d been following the DN scene for quite some time. I chose Bali as my first destination as I figured it will be the easiest one for a beginner.
Soon after my departure, friends, people I’ve met through the years, and others were intrigued by my new lifestyle. They started asking me for advice with landing remote jobs or starting a remote business.
I put some time in and in May 2019, I published an absolutely primitive website called getremotejob.xyz. It’s a huge HTML table with resources – nothing more.
To my surprise, anywhere I published the link I got positive feedback! People were grateful for any help they could get with going remote. This was the first impulse for me to think about building a tool in this arena.
However, I wasn’t sure what to create. I certainly didn’t want to make another remote job board; that seemed pointless.
2. When was Remote Weekly created and how long has it been officially live?
Later in 2019, I somehow ended up on a talk about email monetization with my friend Andrew Kamphey in one of Bali’s coworking spaces. I didn’t pay much attention the whole time, but it did make me think. A few thoughts started churning in my mind:
- There are surely fewer competitors in email-based products
- At the same time, email is still a really strong medium
- The relationship with newsletter subscribers is a bit stronger than with page visitors
Combining these thoughts with other things I already knew:
- I didn’t want to do a B2C product, because I already have one
- My edge is clearly web development
- The remote work trend is going up and will continue to do so long-term
These bullet points combined gave me the idea for Remote Weekly.
I started working on it in late September 2019 and the official launch took place by the end of October. I usually give myself 1 month to build a minimum viable product.
3. Who is the team that makes up Remote Weekly?
Despite the fact that I’m going to use the word “We” a lot as I answer the next few questions, 95% of the time it’s just me – a small indie solo maker. You can see all of my products on this website.
4. I checked out Remote Weekly and it reminded me of the days when I was hunting for a remote job. I would literally check at least 5 websites daily. How could your site help me no longer have to do this?
Remote Weekly fetches new remote jobs from about 15 sites now, with plans to continuously increase this number over time. This happens daily.
Meaning right now, you’d have to check at least 15 websites less than before with the number growing almost weekly.
You don’t have to filter single job posts one by one either, we do that for you.
At the same time, we always link to the source website and not directly to the hiring company’s website because we don’t wanna “steal” any traffic.
5. What makes Remote Weekly different from other job-posting curators?
Well, the best other curators can do is to curate jobs for themselves or a certain group of people, e.g. developers or graphic designers.
Our results are truly personalized — tailored for you. Its capabilities are similar to a Google search.
Not only do we do the search and filtering based on your personal skills and interests, but you can also upvote/downvote each result to make everything in the next round (week) more accurate.
6. Who is the service available to at the moment and what is the cost?
Two business models are in the process of implementation right now:
- Promoted job offers (B2B)
- Opt-in candidates for a recruiter-matching system (B2B)
7. Do you have any success stories to share about people that have found a job through your services?
As I’ve been focusing on the technical part of Remote Weekly until quite recently, sadly, I haven’t had time to gather this kind of information yet.
I would encourage anyone my website helped to land a remote gig to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
8. What’s the benefit to employers that post a job on your site?
First, obviously their job posts are listed first and highlighted.
Second, our subscribers are looking for a specific position and looking semi-actively.
Combined with the nature of our product, that gives you:
> Candidates are forced to pick position(s) they are interested in. It’s not possible to just pick a category like on other websites. They have to know what they are looking for and you can also be matched to them when you post a position.
> Your job post will be delivered directly under their noses in an email they specifically requested, not just shown on a website and included in a generic newsletter.
2. More confident candidates
> Weekly newsletters aren’t super useful for folks looking for any random remote gig.
Remote Weekly subscribers are likely part of some of these groups:
- Employed but considering going remote
- Employed with a remote job but considering a switch
- Not pressed for time in their job search, which saves them from making any rushed decisions
This increases your chances of getting higher quality candidates that are making well-thought-out moves, which opens the doors for serious long-term relationships.
9. What are your future plans for Remote Weekly and where can we go for updates?
Short-term, the plan is to perfect the artificial intelligence which is baking your personalized results.
Additionally, more websites and social network posts will be connected.
Long-term, to create a helpful and welcoming community of remote workers who exchange knowledge with each other. I’m thinking about a lightweight social network of our own, or at least a place to discuss/chat.
As we wrap this up, I want to say thank you to Petr for working with me on this post. And I want to thank you for what you’re doing for remote workers. I think it’s great that you’re willing to build others up through your success. Finally, I hope to see great things happen for you as you continue on your literal and entrepreneurial journey.
And friends, there you have it. If you are planning a pointed remote career move, Remote Weekly needs to be on your list of resources. Please leave any questions or comments below, and happy hunting!