When Shaun B. was on a solo trip around Asia, he knew it would be the adventure of a lifetime. Though it was something he had planned and prepared for, what he hadn’t planned for was falling in love with someone from another country.
Knowing that he didn’t want a long-distance relationship, Shaun started looking for a remote job that would allow him to move closer to his new companion while earning a decent living. Thanks to FlexJobs, Shaun has turned his unexpected meeting into a new life for him and someone else!
An Unexpected Twist
Shaun was on a seven-month break from work, traveling solo in Malaysia. “It was a dream of mine to see and learn about this area of the world,” he said.
During his stay, he met a fellow solo traveler. They decided to team up for the rest of Shaun’s stay and during that time, their relationship blossomed into something more.
Unfortunately, at the end of his break, Shaun had to return to the UK by himself. “I honestly couldn’t do it,” he says of the long-distance relationship. Knowing that they wanted to be together permanently, “we both had to do all in our power to ensure we could be together, and the long-distance was only a short-term challenge.”
For Shaun, that meant finding a remote job that he could do anytime and anywhere.
Without any luck, Shaun estimates he spent “four to five months looking for ex-pat jobs through numerous ex-pat job sites.” The problem? “I am a fairly young, inexperienced worker.” Plus, Shaun found that “there is a lot of legwork needed to find a remote job.”
He explains, “You have to scour pretty much every job site using keywords like ‘remote,’ ‘work from home,’ etc. And even then, you need to ascertain whether that is truly 100% remote or if you’re required in an office on certain days.”
When Shaun joined FlexJobs, though, everything changed. “FlexJobs puts in that legwork and gets those listings all in one place and categorizes them so you can focus on applications.”
With the legwork done for him, Shaun focused on making sure employers noticed him. “Remote jobs are understandably very popular. So… I aimed to be in the top 10% of all applicants.” Shaun tailored each of his cover letters to make sure employers understood how he alone could help their business.
He also tailored his resume for each job he applied to, making sure it highlighted the relevant skills employers mentioned in the job posting.
Together at Last
Thanks to his FlexJobs membership and targeted approach to applications, Shaun found a job in roughly three months. Working for Herrmann International in client support, Shaun’s new role provides him with several benefits.
“A higher salary, 100% remote environment will all the tech provided, and the ability to be literally anywhere and work. I also have a nice home office set up, with no distractions, always my choice of tunes, and [am] managing my own time and schedule as I like,” he says.
And, of course, Shaun “was finally able to beat the distance and get back to my other half!”
Thanks to his remote job, Shaun can “continue a great relationship and build up together an excellent future. The freedom and flexibility to be based in her country and earn money while we process visa documents.”
Though it may take some time to find a remote job, it is possible. We update our database daily with the latest remote jobs in more than 50 career categories.
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Rachel Pelta is a Content Coordinator for FlexJobs. With professional experience in job placement and as a manager, she creates content to help people succeed in their job search, and to help managers get the best out of their staff.…Read More >
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