It started out big and has only gotten bigger. In April 2020, 4 million Americans left their jobs. By July 2020, there were about 11 million job openings in the United States.
It’s called the Great Resignation, and it continues to have a massive impact on the United States job force and economy in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to America’s largest-ever recession.
Quarantining and working from home have made American workers rethink their careers and focus on looking for an environment that fosters the way they want to work.
They want more flexibility, more time with family, and especially a job that makes them feel safe in the face of an ever-changing pandemic. And it’s all leading to record labor shortages.
Who is quitting?
The pandemic isn’t discriminating. People from all walks of life and careers make up the tens of millions leaving their jobs. Many come from the hard-hit leisure and hospitality industry, but the highest resignation levels come from the health care and tech industries.
Increased workloads and massive burnout are to blame, but many say the pandemic has led them to simply rethink their priorities and see it as a good time to pursue the career they always wanted.
According to a survey from Bankrate in August, about 55% of Americans said they are likely to search for a new job in the next year. And many are looking for remote work.
Best Job Boards For Remote Work
Here are 5 of the most popular remote work job boards to check out.
Founded in 2017 in Austin, Texas, Dynamite Jobs is geared toward both employers and job seekers equally, showcasing a full range of jobs — many highly unique — that come from companies dedicated to remote working. Dynamite Jobs is wildly popular; nearly 10,000 jobs have been posted on the site in just four years.
Pros: The sheer number of listings and new remote jobs posted every week; intuitive web platform and great search filters.
(Slight) Cons: Many jobs come from startups and small companies, so if that’s not what you’re interested in, you may be frustrated.
Typical Jobs Posted: Tech development; SEO specialists; health account management
Founded by digital nomad and blogger Pieter Levels, RemoteOK promotes the lifestyle and ideals of the founder: live and work from anywhere.
Pros:RemoteOK aggregates and provides anonymous ranges of salaries for similar job postings. Salaries aren’t fully open (meaning, you won’t see how much each job opening is willing to pay unless they explicitly choose to publish it), but you can start to get a sense of what companies are willing to pay for certain skills and seniority levels.
(Slight) Cons: Like many online and remote-focused job boards, most of the listings are for developers, though there seems to be more ops, marketing, and management roles being posted as of late.
We Work Remotely
We Work Remotely calls itself the world’s largest community of remote workers, and it’s hard to argue with that. More than 3 million people trust WWR to find the best remote job fit for them.
While not all companies on WWR are solely remote-first, the site tags those that are, making them easy to find. Particularly helpful: WWR’s list of the top 100 companies targeting remote hiring around the globe.
Pros: Many new remote jobs are added each week; often features jobs you won’t find elsewhere.
Cons: The site is a bit messy and not as intuitive for new users compared to other remote work job boards; the categories can be a bit too general.
Typical Jobs Posted: Programming; market management; digital marketing specialists
Launched in 2007, the mostly subscription-based service breaks down jobs into several easy categories, such as both full- and part-time jobs, freelance opportunities, and more. It’s easy to find a job that appeals to you within FlexJob’s more than 50 categories.
Pros: The site includes helpful job search articles and career coaching; highlights jobs that are flexible on-site; offers extensive information on the companies you’re considering working for.
Cons: You have to pay a “membership fee” to apply for work (1 month is $14.95); not all of the jobs are completely remote, which can be confusing; most listings can be found on other sites, too.
Typical Jobs Posted: Writing and editing; telemarketing; computer and IT work.
Hubstaff Talent is a lesser-known yet powerful remote job board that allows companies to find remote workers from around the world. The board features a mix of freelance and remote work and since Hubstaff is a software company the creates a time-tracking app, most of its thousands of listings come from business customers who use the specific app.
Pros: It’s completely free to post jobs; more than 50 remote jobs are posted weekly, along with more than 80 hourly contracts and freelance gigs.
Cons: Many of the jobs pay less than those found on other job board sites; mostly geared toward freelancers.
Typical Jobs Posted: Software engineers; web design; email marketing
Skip the Drive
Simple to navigate and hassle-free, Skip the Drive is no frills but full of remote job opportunities in dozens of industries. It also includes several helpful resources about working from home. Searching is easy here. Just enter a field, job title, or company and you’re good to go.
Pros: Less cluttered and not as overwhelming as other remote job sites; free and beyond easy to use.
Cons: Can be almost a bit too bare-bones, missing some major companies and categories found on other job boards.
Typical Jobs Posted: Customer service; sales; accounting