Rethinking remote work: Why chasing fully remote jobs could cost you opportunities

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The quest for the perfect job has become a common refrain. Candidates are in the pursuit of well-paid fully remote jobs – which seem like unicorn-like opportunities. However, this lack of flexibility has shown some advantages. In this blog post, our founder, Marco Pincho, gives his perspective on today’s job market and how you could benefit from a change in perspective.

The post-pandemic era

As the post-pandemic area unfolds, the landscape has changed. The truth is that many companies have reintroduced office work, at least partially.  Most companies have returned to the office, requiring employees to go at least once or twice a week, which explains their preference for in-office work. However, in the IT world, where there is a high demand for technical developers, companies tend to be more open to discussions. Yet, many candidates are still drawn to full remote positions. While we support remote positions, we also recognize the need for flexibility.

As someone deeply immersed in the IT world and familiar with the dynamics of job-seeking, our founder has seen it all. “I’ve seen many people reject well-paid opportunities because they are unwilling to compromise. It’s like rejecting opportunities just because remote work wasn’t explicitly guaranteed in their contract. At times, people fail to consider both perspectives, seeking benefits without giving anything in return. I believe that if the company is willing to put a high salary on the table, the least they can ask for is some flexibility from the other side.”, says Marco. “If you say, “I am only looking for a fully remote job,” the conversation might end abruptly. Companies, especially those in IT, are open to discussions, but a rigid stance might close some doors.”, he adds.

Reevaluating your approach

Our founder’s advice is: “If you are looking for a well-paid and remote-friendly job, stop using the term fully remote. Be open and inquire about the company culture, how often teams gather, and whether the company is remote/teleworking-friendly, etc. My advice is, if you want to be paid like in Belgium, the Netherlands, or Germany, be ready to go to the office at the beginning and, over time, gain the trust of your management. From there, you may get a fully remote job but keep the same salary/rate.”

For those aspiring to be well-paid, it’s essential to consider the give-and-take aspect. Be willing to start on site, gain the trust of management, and negotiate for fully remote work over time without compromising your earnings. Rejecting opportunities solely due to a lack of immediate remote status may mean missing substantial rewards.

Ready for your next challenge?

While flexibility is paramount, it’s essential to recognize that expectations need to align with the current reality. A willingness to understand both sides—employer expectations and employee benefits—creates a foundation for successful negotiations. Let’s approach the remote job landscape with flexibility, recognizing that sometimes, taking the first step paves the way for unparalleled opportunities down the line.

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If you have a question, feel free to contact our founder Marco Pincho directly on LinkedIn.

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