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Old 11-13-2015, 06:47 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by Ganaraska View Post
I'm getting good at trading stock options. I hesitate to mention this as I am not ready to discuss methodology yet. There are ways to get a better return on your investment money if you educate yourself.
We do index fund dividend investing ourselves to supplement.

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Old 12-01-2015, 01:29 PM   #44
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for those who haven't explored Technomadia's world, there is also their site, which I find very informative. I wonder how much has changed since this thread was initiated? Connectivity has improved in a lot of areas in California.

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Old 12-15-2015, 03:04 PM   #45
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I saw a website the other day that looks to link RV parks up with people who are willing to work at the park for free rent basically. I'm not sure how well it works but might be worth looking into. Has anyone tried Workamper?
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Old 05-24-2016, 10:54 AM   #46
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I just landed my first remote job, which will allow us to become full-timers.

I just landed a job at a big company that you've heard of, doing what I've been doing for the past 10 years. Only now I get to do it remotely, from wherever I want that has a strong internet connection.

I have certain financial goals, and I wanted to make sure I was able to save enough for retirement in the future, so I was extremely picky in my remote job search.

I'm an instructional designer. I design and build learning/training for internal employees. I love my job, and I'm excited to be able to have a regular, salaried job with benefits and the option to roam.

Someone suggested I post my video here. Mike, if it's off-topic and you'd like me to remove it, I'd be happy to. I figure it may help someone here, so I might as well share it. It covers my experience searching for a remote job, and lessons learned from the experience.

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Old 05-24-2016, 11:23 AM   #47
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I'm happy for you, and think posting it here is an excellent idea.

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Old 05-24-2016, 11:11 PM   #48
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Thanks for the video Explore More. I've been following your YouTube channel for a while, and it's great to see you are now on your way. I will follow your tips, starting with a better resume. Lisa
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Old 05-25-2016, 06:19 AM   #49
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Excellent video and suggestions. Glad you were able to find the job you were looking for.
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Old 05-25-2016, 09:28 AM   #50
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It's tough out there. I'd say it's 10x tougher to land a mobile/remote job. The competition is so tough, so you really have to go above and beyond.

It was so frustrating applying for jobs where the application process took 45 minutes alone. I stopped creating cover letters. I'm not sure if that's a good idea or not, but if my portfolio and resume don't speak for themselves, no cover letter is going to get me in the door.

It was crazy the hoops I had to jump through for some of these companies. I did a 50 minute phone "intervie" where a robot was reading pre-recorded answers to me and it recorded my reponses. It didn't even feel like I was talking to a human, and it threw me off so bad. It was ugly.

The hirevue interview videos weren't bad, I liked those. For a couple companies I had to create projects, where I pretty much handed them free work. That was frustrating.

I probably spent 10-15 hours a week applying for jobs for a few months. Granted, I was picky, and I was looking for a very specific type of job/company, so your results might be better.

If the CEOs of these companies had to go through the application process themselves, like the rest of us, they'd be appalled. I really appreciate the jobs where you just send them your resume and answer 5-10 questions max.

The hiring process really reflects on the company you're working for. I believe if they have a good hiring process, they probably have other good policies/processes. If it's a mess with endless hoops to jump through and red tape, I took it as a sign of things to come. If you think about it, the application process is really the first impression you give a potential employee. It blows my mind why some companies make you put in every single job you've had line by line, with references, etc. One online college I applied to had at least 15 pages to fill out, which took nearly an hour, then it would time out when you'd get to page 14 and you'd have to start over. SO FRUSTRATING!
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Old 05-25-2016, 09:44 AM   #51
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I'm glad I'm at the last company I'll work for before retiring. I worked for a company for 21years and before it went bankrupt I was laid off. Welcome to the world of online resumes and applications. I was like you, spending hours perfecting one online job application after another. After about a year I got a job in my field. That job lasted about 7 years and got laid off again. This time I was 62 and decided I would look for work for 6 months and if nothing come up I'd start collecting Social Security. My wife still worked and could provide health insurance. So instead of spending a lot of time on each application I just slammed them through. After I got enough resumes and applications sent out for the week to satisfy the unemployment insurance requirements I would relax the rest of the week. About 3 months into the job search the company I work for now called me. I remember submitting my information the first week of my job search but had forgotten all about it.

Worked out well, as we were attending my daughter's graduation from nursing school and on the way back home I stopped into the company's headquarters to have the personal interview and a week or so later was offered the position.

We moved from Texas to Missouri. I like the job enough to work past 66 if required.
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Old 05-25-2016, 09:51 AM   #52
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Great video, and excellent pointers. Applying to 100 jobs is a go-getter attitude when you mentioned that in Slack I knew you'd land it in time. Congratulations Steve.

I know too many who are looking for that perfect job and don't try as hard as you did. To touch on your point about making sure the job isn't stressful and the hours are what you want, is really important.

When I started this thread, JorDanee had been at Basecamp for only a few months working remotely. That job turned out to be miserable for her. And I told her she had to quit this Christmas. The job interfered with our dreams and what we wanted to do on the road for the first year. My wife is a bit of a work-a-holic, and she couldn't step away from the computer for a single minute.

I did not realize I started this thread in 2014. Today, I work remotely, and both the wife and I are working towards moving back into the entrepreneurial space. I left my business behind in 2012 burned out. It's been great the past couple of years just not having to wear all the hats, having kids, traveling. But the itch is back, and we are working this summer towards launching our own business. Actually, more than one.
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Old 05-25-2016, 09:54 AM   #53
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exploremore......I liked your video and thank you for posting it! I am in the process of starting up a company in the RV industry that will allow me to work in a mobile environment and I also support small companies with accounting and can do that work remotely as well.

I's difficult to get the "attention" of a company and show them who you really are when it's all so automated. I haven't found flexjobs to be that helpful either. I am glad you mentioned them in the video.

Congratulations on landing a great job and on your new Airstream. Your video documenting when you picked it up is great as well!
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Awesome to read so many making it work out on the road. We sold our Winery and are hitting the road as winemaking consultants, general business consultants, and travel writers. New business let's hope it works out!
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I operate one of only a couple of remaining Carnival Wall of Death Thrill Shows left in America. We live on the Road from March until October.

Just had to share this song. By Richard Thompson, who is arguably one of the finest living guitarists in the world.



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