Would you like to telecommute while living abroad? Join millions of international jobseekers in their quest to find the ultimate work-life balance.
Do I Have to Live in the U.S. to Apply to Jobs on Virtual Vocations?
Do you dream of traveling the globe while earning a steady income and building a professional career? Does your spouse need to relocate to another country for work or to take care of extended family? Whether you’re an expat who wants to keep ties with your home country, a recent college graduate who caught the travel bug, or a retiree with an overflowing bucket list, you have plenty of telecommuting employment options through the Virtual Vocations Job Database.
Both U.S. and non-U.S. residents are more than welcome to apply to jobs on our site. However, it is up to individual employers to decide whether they will hire internationally. Some employers specify that applicants must live in a certain geographical area or time zone, while others are 100% virtual. Whenever possible, we include citizenship and geographic restriction information in our job listings.
Why Do Companies Hire Internationally?
Companies increase their talent pool when they open their doors to professionals who reside in other countries. As more baby boomers wave au revoir to the office and more millennials opt for alternative work environments, smart businesses keep their operations current and active by providing flexible, remote options.
For example, Gallup’s Potential Net Migration Index shows how developed countries with an aging workforce can benefit from hiring educated, migrating professionals to fill and prevent substantial employment gaps. As a bonus, companies can avoid potential losses by offering telecommuting jobs to non-residents so that they retain top talent regardless of their workers’ locations and lifestyle decisions.
Also, companies who wish to expand business in other countries may need residents to fill empty positions. For example, Deloitte, Accenture, 3M, and Intel Corporation have headquarters around the world and seek skilled professionals for each line of business at each location. Since many of these jobs lend themselves well to telecommuting, it’s possible to find local positions that include at least partially remote options. On the flip side, countries looking to tap into U.S. markets seek American residents to fill roles and help with expansion.
There are also entirely virtual businesses without brick-and-mortar headquarters that manage dispersed teams. They often need employees in different time zones to help with customer service, business development, and location-specific marketing or outreach. Virtual companies also post jobs based on deadlines or quotas, where employees choose their workload level and schedule. Such work is a traveler’s dream.
How Do I Find International Job Opportunities?
The Virtual Vocations Job Database contains telecommuting jobs from companies all over the world. However, not all positions can be worked from anywhere. Before applying for international jobs, look for telecommuting restrictions in the job posts. Here are some of the most frequently used phrases to look out for:
Work Anywhere in the World
Job descriptions stating that you can work from anywhere in the world typically accept applications from candidates regardless of citizenship or residence. Some U.S. companies may require U.S. citizenship to apply, but they may offer a work-from-anywhere arrangement, which means they don’t care if you travel around to different countries or time zones.
Live Anywhere in the U.S.
Some companies post jobs that require candidates to live in the U.S. as their primary residence. Such positions may also require U.S. citizenship. The job descriptions may state something like, “Applicants must be located in the U.S. or if abroad, on U.S. Soil.”
The phrase “on U.S. soil” refers to all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, and all U.S. territories, such as:
- American Samoa
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Puerto Rico
- U.S. Virgin Islands
If you live in Alaska, Hawaii, or a U.S. territory, you may want to contact the recruiter before applying, if possible, to make sure you qualify.
Live Anywhere in the Contiguous U.S.
When employers request that applicants live in the “contiguous U.S. states” or “continental U.S. states,” they are referring to the 48 adjoining states on the continent of North America, which excludes Alaska and Hawaii. This type of restriction is often due to time zone differences. However, shipping costs, employment laws, and potential travel expenditures may also influence such requirements.
Jobs with geographic restrictions may need you to work in a particular U.S. state or time zone. State residency is often required for tax, health care insurance, travel, and licensing purposes. However, some companies, such as lifestyle blogs and online magazines, may need staff located in specific cities to capture local art, cuisine, nightlife, and events.
What Jobs Can Be Worked From Anywhere in the World?
These days, plenty of jobs can be performed remotely from any location. However, depending on your background and interests, you may need to broaden your search to include different industries and job titles. Here are examples of jobs that typically can be worked from anywhere in the world:
- Virtual Assistant
- Social Media Manager
- Web Developer
- Graphic Designer
- Online Researcher
- Data Entry Specialist
Don’t limit yourself to this list, however. If you’re in customer service, project management, information technology, fundraising, education, accounting, sales, or e-commerce, there may be international job opportunities in your field.
Head over to our job database and look for openings in your industry. If you find a telecommute job that’s right for you, but you’re not sure whether you’re eligible to apply, contact the recruiter, if possible, or visit the company’s website and track down email addresses for the human resources department.
If you don’t receive a response to your inquiry, you may want to send your application along anyway and explain your living situation. You never know—if you’re a strong match for the job, the company might contact you and explore ways to make it work.
What Companies Hire International Telecommuters?
Here are a few examples of companies in the Virtual Vocations Company Database with globally distributed workforces that sometimes post work-from-anywhere jobs:
350.org is a global non-profit organization that addresses climate change and supports clean energy solutions through grassroots political and social campaigns. They often seek campaigners, organizers, and project coordinators located around the world.
Bluewolf, Inc. is a global consulting firm that helps corporations implement and fully utilize Salesforce to increase business performance and revenue. They need technically competent directors, strategists, and engineers who can work responsibly from remote locations.
Worldwide101: A talent agency that matches executives with professional virtual assistants. They typically offer telecommute positions to candidates across North America and Europe. Worldwide 101 is one of Virtual Vocations’ Top 20 Remote Enabled Companies for 2017, a list that highlights our new Employer Partners.
Rho AI is a U.S.-based company that develops data solution systems for businesses that seek automation, real-time decision making, quantitative analysis, and scalability. Some of their remote jobs listings state that work can be done from anywhere in the world.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP is an international non-profit organization that develops and supports solutions for social, environmental, and political issues. They often post home-based jobs that report to the New York headquarters location.
Research companies with multinational projects and clients that align with your career interests. Think information technology, education (especially teaching English), customer service, and travel-related businesses. Enterprises in such industries with offices around the globe may potentially offer more telecommute opportunities because they need to operate round the clock or adhere to standard business hours in multiple time zones.
Why Should I Telecommute While Living Abroad?
The expatriate life usually works well for career-focused professionals, independent contractors, philanthropic-minded individuals, and retirees. Income may be greater than or less than what you’re used to, depending on where you move, the cost of living in the country, and how much you want and need to work to support your lifestyle.
In 2016, InterNations surveyed 14,000 expatriates around the globe, 35% of whom moved to another country for work-related reasons. Expats seem to work at least 40 hours each week, and work-life balance is still a challenge. Plus, Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace reports that only 15% of employees across the globe are interested in their jobs.
Why not take advantage of telecommuting opportunities so you can spend more time exploring cities, indulging in culture, and living mobile? Telecommuting jobs don’t automatically guarantee a fashionable lifestyle, but they can open doors to new experiences and prevent stagnation. On the other hand, if you’re apprehensive about your foreign environment, remote work can help you transition gradually and create a comfy nest before spreading your wings.
For example, telework jobs might benefit:
- Expat spouses who don’t speak the native language, can’t find local work, or miss home
- Adventurers who want to make enough income to support their leisure activities
- Retirees who need some cash to supplement pensions and check off items on their bucket lists
- Young travelers who want to see the world while jump-starting their career and avoid a gap in employment
In any scenario, if you land a flexible telecommuting job that you love, you may be able to take it with you wherever you go. So, if you decide to move back home or relocate to another city or country, you won’t have to close up shop and repeat the application process for the umpteenth time.
Ready to Get Started?
Start by subscribing as a Virtual Vocations member so that you stay current on telecommuting opportunities. You also get access to our Telecommute Toolkit, which contains over a dozen guides, checklists, and templates to help you feel comfortable in your telecommute job search.
Then, enroll in the Getting Started with Telecommuting e-Course to learn the ins and outs of the remote job search and how to steer clear of occasional pitfalls. Premium members have access to two additional e-Courses on job searching and creating a winning resumé.
Next, craft and submit your resumé to our Professional Resumé Review service, and our experts will provide industry-specific guidance to help you land an interview.
Finally, use the search bar and filters in our job database to sort through thousands of listings. You might even enter your country of residence to see if any companies are currently hiring for your specific region of the world. Your next career destination may be only a few clicks away.
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