Why You Should Consider These 3 Functional Areas When Looking for Work-From-Home-Jobs
If you're wondering what kinds of remote jobs are available now, you're not alone. With unemployment rates skyrocketing and questions about when—and if—"non-essential" workers will return to the office growing by the day, it's safe to say there's a lot of uncertainty about the future of work.
Looking for remote or flexible jobs is one way to quell that uncertainty—but which remote jobs are most in-demand?
Below we've highlighted three functional areas — sales, marketing, and engineering — that will continue having open roles that can be done remotely.
Even as sectors like leisure and hospitality shrink, hiring in the information technology sector has remained relatively stable. Sales, engineering, and marketing are all essential functions at IT companies and offer opportunities for professionals from a variety of backgrounds (i.e., if you're a writer, you might consider roles in marketing; if you're a fitness trainer or coach, you might do well in sales) to find roles that suit their interests and skillset.
Although a career in sales no doubt gets tougher during a slowdown, sales as a function has become all the more essential as businesses look to pivot strategies and maintain revenue streams amidst the current crisis.
Even if you lack prior experience in sales, you can get a foot in the door by applying to entry-level positions in business development, searching for new leads for account executives.
Business development representatives and account executives searching for new leads aren't the only important sales-related roles that need to be filled. Customer success managers and renewal managers have an even more important role to play during a recession as acquiring new business becomes more difficult, and demonstrating value to existing customers to secure renewals and minimize churn becomes essential.
Consider a career pivot to sales if: you're a goal-oriented go-getter with excellent listening skills who loves strategizing, meeting new people, and isn't afraid of the word "no."
- Enterprise Account Executive, Elastic
- Enterprise Account Executive, Mural
- Enterprise Account Manager, PagerDuty
- Regional Sales Manager, Peloton
- Partner Sales Manager, Google
- Sales Operations Associate, Mural
- Director, Enterprise Sales, PagerDuty
- Sales Development Manager, Contrast Security
- Renewal Account Manager, Contrast Security
- Partner Account Manager, Packet
- Senior Customer Success Manager, Mural
- Senior Customer Succes Manager, Okta
View all open remote Sales roles here.
Developers have always had a leg up in the remote job market, and that has become especially true now, as many of the companies that are still hiring during COVID are tech companies that provide the very tools and services we're all relying on to conduct business (not to mention our personal lives—hello, Zoom family dance parties). And engineers are essential to making these products a reality.
Consider a career pivot to engineering if: you love technical problem solving and have some coding expertise. If you have an academic background in data science, pursuing a corporate job in engineering may be a more natural transition than you think!
There are hundreds of remote/flexible jobs for engineers on PowerToFly, but some of the newest include:
- Principal Software Engineer, DigitalOcean
- Lead Software Engineer, New Relic
- Full Stack Engineer, Sentropy Technologies
- Principal Software Engineer, Dell
- Developer Solutions Engineer, Okta
- Full Stack Developer, Contrast Security
- Front-end React.js Engineer, Pluralsight
Marketing & Product Management
Once the engineers have built a product, who's going to sell it? Sales, right? But in case you haven't already heard the classic, "Everyone is in sales," now you know — marketers are salespeople too.
In recent years, marketing has moved out of the shadow of sales and instead of being viewed simply as an internal support department, it's now seen as having a strategic function of its own. Much like sales, marketing departments must now find creative ways to maintain old revenue streams and secure new ones.
Consider a career pivot to marketing if: You're a creative problem solver who loves big-picture thinking and analysis. Top notch analytical skills and communication skills are required to really thrive in marketing, but there's plenty of opportunities to find your niche within the broader 'marketing' umbrella. Love writing? Consider content marketing. Obsessed with customers, user experience, and business strategy? Product management/marketing might be just your thing.
- Head of Marketing, OctaneAI
- Digital Marketing Manager, Contrast Security
- Product Manager, Mural
- Director of Product Management, Elastic
- Senior Product Manager, DigitalOcean
- Head of Product, Mural
- Senior Manager of Product Marketing, PagerDuty
View all remote marketing roles here.
Didn't see what you're looking for? Be sure to check out all remote roles available now on PowerToFly here.
Because you don't need to be a "tech person" to work at a tech company.
[This article was first written on April 24th, 2020 and was updated on August 10th, 2021.]
People in all industries and fields have felt the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, but it's no secret that some fields have been hit harder than others. The information technology sector stands to fare relatively well, as their products continue to be in high (or even higher than usual) demand during lockdown – just consider Zoom and Netflix.
So what should this mean for you if you're on the job market? Tech companies are an ideal place to look for roles — and by necessity, these companies are hiring remotely and offering unprecedented amounts of flexibility. While some companies may be looking to make remote hires who would later transition to in-office staff, it's unlikely that they'll rescind work-from-home flexibility all together.
The best part? Software engineers aren't the only ones that can benefit from tech companies hiring remotely. You can work in tech without being highly technical. (Though if you are an engineer, we've got hundreds of open remote roles for you to check out!)
So if you're on the job market, consider the open remote roles listed below with tech companies that are still hiring! We've created four clusters of opportunity for you to consider depending upon your skillset and expertise:
MARKETING, PRODUCT, & USER EXPERIENCE
If you enjoy working cross-functionally, and are equal parts creative and analytical, one of these roles might be perfect for you:
- Senior Product Marketing Manager, Relativity
- Entry Level Marketing Specialist, Pitney Bowes Inc.
- Director, Growth Marketing, SevenFifty
- Senior UX Content Strategist, Procore Technologies Inc.
- Director of Marketing Planning and Transformation, PagerDuty
- Product Marketing Manager Analyst, Okta
- SEO Manager, Web and Digital Services, Dell Technologies
- Senior Solutions Marketing Manager, Commvault
- Marketing Manager, Helm
OPERATIONS, FINANCE, & LEGAL
Calling all accountants, lawyers, and logistics gurus! The great thing about these roles is that if you have expertise in logistics, finance/accounting, or law, you'll be set up for success, no matter what sector you're working in.
- Legal Operations Administrator, Smartsheet Inc.
- Customer Operations Manager, Hopin LTD
- Strategic Finance, Senior Manager, Spin (Ford Mobility)
- Finance Analyst / Program Cost Controls, Raytheon Technologies
- Executive Assistant – Global Finance, Nike Inc.
- Director Business Operations, Elastic
- Senior Privacy Counsel, Hopin LTD
- Global Agency Specialist Partner, Microsoft Corporation
If you're an analytical and detail-oriented task manager with a passion for delivering results on time and under budget, one of these roles might be perfect for you! (P.S. If you're confused about how these roles differ from product management, you can learn more about the difference between project and product management here.)
- Product Manager, Uber
- Client Facing Project Manager, Rebelmouse
- Technical Product Manager, Stack Overflow
- Associate Product Manager, Mural
- Product Manager, Overtime
- Global Service Product Manager, Waters Corporation
- Director of Product Management, Enterprise, SeatGeek
- Associate Product Manager, American Express
SALES AND SUPPORT
Love working with clients and talking to people? One of these customer-facing roles in sales or support might be your ideal role:
- Sales Development Representative, VideoAmp
- Customer Relationship Manager, LogMeIn
- Sales Support Associate - Global Accounts, Equinix
- Enterprise Account Executive, Gainsight Inc.
- Technical Account Manager, JW Player
- Director, Enterprise Sales, Datadog
- Director of Sales & Marketing, AvenueHQ
- Associate Director, Sales & Operations Management, S&P Global
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