Remote Letter #8

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News & Views

How I Get Interviews for Jobs I’m Underqualified For
The other day I was using this Google Search trick to look for full time remote jobs. I’m a content marketing manager so part of my Google search contained “content marketing.” However, the first search result was for a growth marketing position—something I am probably not qualified for. The job listing appeared because one of the qualifications in the job description was having an understanding of content marketing principles. I checked that box but couldn’t do the same for the other qualifications. They required the applicant to have experience with lifecycle marketing, email campaigns, and push notification campaigns. This is so not me, but after seeing how cool the company was I convinced myself that it could be. So I added two custom sentences to the beginning of my cover letter template, uploaded my resume, linked to my portfolio site, answered a few short questions, and submitted my application.

Pyn, an Australian startup with close ties to Atlassian, wants to make working from home less exhausting
Pyn was cofounded by Joris Luijke, a former head of HR at Atlassian. With Pyn, Luijke wants to improve the work-from-home experience that people all over the world are suddenly struggling with. As employees at home lean harder on programs like Slack, Zoom and Gmail to get things done, the output of notifications and tasks from each product can stack up into a pile of indistinguishable noise. Pyn's program makes the disparate systems used by the WFH world "talk" to each other, cutting down the amount of notifications received by workers to relevant, personalized messages.

Japan raises travel advisory for 16 countries, region
Japan on Tuesday raised its travel advisory for Palestine and 16 countries, including Nepal, Kenya and Venezuela, warning against going to them amid concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus. Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said the areas are now at Level 3, bringing the total number of countries and regions at the second-highest level on the Foreign Ministry's four-point scale for infectious diseases to 146. The other newly added areas are Botswana, the Comoros, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Namibia, Paraguay, the Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname and Uzbekistan. They are expected to be added to a list of countries and regions subject to an entry ban for foreign travelers after discussion by the National Security Council.

American Tourists Banned in Bahamas After Latest U.S. Coronavirus Numbers
It's been almost three weeks since the islands of the Bahamas reopened its borders to international visitors. On Sunday, the island nation shut off visitors from the United States because of COVID-19. In a national address on Sunday, Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said that all airports and seaports—to and from the neighboring U.S.—will be shut off as of Wednesday. Americans on the islands will be permitted to leave after Wednesday under special accommodations. "Regrettably, the situation here at home has already deteriorated since we began the reopening of our domestic economy," said Minnis, who is also the acting health minister until further notice. "It has deteriorated at an exponential rate since we reopened our international borders."

14 work-from-home jobs that pay up to six figures—and how to get them
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits for the week ending July 18, marking the 18th consecutive week initial jobless claims topped one million. With a large share of eligible workers looking for employment, job searching platform FlexJobs combed through its database to identify 14 high-paying positions that are full-time and fully remote. While each of these roles requires a different level of experience and skills, they all have one main benefit in common: the potential to pay employees $100,000 or more annually.


Discussions

Should a remote employee’s salary be tied to their physical location?
This debate has come up at my place of work recently: Should the area where someone lives impact their salary if they are working as a remote employee? Should someone be paid less if they move to an area with a lower cost of living, even if they started in an area where they were making a higher salary?

Favorite remote work real time collaboration tool(s)?
I'm about to start a large highly complex and creative project with a strong team. Unfortunately, with distancing in place, we can't spend all day in a room with a whiteboard. I imagine others have faced this dilemma. What are your favorite tools (or features if within common telecom SW like MS Teams/Zoom) for real time, day-long remote ideation and collaborative design?

Books that you loved as a digital nomad
The book need not be about the digital nomad life specifically. I'm looking for books that are about adventures, being free, exploration, challenging the status quo, living life without making money the primary motivator and source of meaning, etc. You get the vibe. I'm guessing this kind of personality// philosophy can be ascribed to most of the digital nomads, so I'm asking you, does any book come to your mind when you think of these? I'm open to both fiction and non-fiction.

Web design business - Mistakes I've made and what I learned in 18 months
I've been in the web design business for clients for about a year and a half. Things are finally looking well, but it took me a lot of time to learn the right things and I nearly closed down my business multiple times in the process. I made huge mistakes when I started out and I wish I knew these things earlier. Most of you are probably better than me when it comes to the whole business process, so I bet most of you don't have as many problems as I did. Here are the top things I wish I did right at the start. If back then I knew what I know now, life would be much easier. If you are just starting out, you don't want to miss this.

Need to make $500 a week sustainably. What do I do?
I don't mind doing multiple gigs so long as I'm not working constantly. What has worked for you all so you can pay your bills while working from home? United States.


Podcasts

How To Travel The World Working On A Yacht (Zero To Travel)
What can you do if you want to travel but those bills are telling you NO? Find a way to get paid while still wandering the world! Today's episode incorporates yet another option out there in our travel job series and Heather Steele knows all about leaving that corporate job to get out and see the world via yachts. This is an industry that I hadn't heard about before and Heather did not disappoint in giving us more info than I could ever expect. We even get into the serendipity that leads to this career for her, the immense importance of getting support from others, & other travel job options out there for you to explore.

5 Time Management: Remote Revolution meets Shelley Henderson, Consultant & founder, Being In Business (Remote Revolution)
Liz Pilgrim chats to Shelley Henderson, Consultant & Founder of Being In Business. Shelley shares her insights and top tips for better time management when working from home or remotely.

I Deserve This: Traveling to Fuel My Creativity (Women Who Travel)
Eritrean-Swedish photographer Malin Fezehai on the trips she's taken that bring out her creativity, how she's staying inspired during lockdown in Bali (hint: she's picked up an epic new hobby), and where she can't wait to go when she's able. We hope it'll push you to pick up your own camera (or at least your phone) to see the world around you in a new way.