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How to Get a Remote Developer Job in the UK

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Published on 03 June, 2020

While regular developer jobs are competitive, expect remotely based roles to be even more sought after. So how do you get a remote developer job? There’re a few steps you should think about if you want to be successful, here is our expert advice.

With understandably good salaries that reflect the technical ability required, developer and programming jobs, are often competitively sought after. Be it a front end, full stack, PHP or Java developer position you’re after, expect strong competition from the other candidates. But as working habits change and employers look to offer more flexibility, remote based jobs are becoming more common, and web development roles are leading the way.   

A work from home developer job has some great benefits and without the need to commute you’ll save money on travel and eating out for lunch. You get much more job security from a permanent position than going freelance. Plus, there’s the flexibility many employers now offer as part of a remote based role, allowing you to adjust your work hours around your lifestyle.

One of the best industries for remote working?

Traditionally as a developer or programmer your options of work were potentially any business that requires staff to develop and maintain their IT operations. When it comes to remote working however, some industries are a lot more open to remote working, offering a lot more flexibility and job satisfaction.

Fully digital businesses that offer platforms and services purely based online offer the best employment for remote working. These companies often originated from start-ups and focus their entire operations around a remote workforce. Without large offices to own and maintain, these companies operate lean. While for employees the great appeal is complete flexibility in being able to work anywhere they choose.

Also, in a strategy to attract and keep developer talent you’ll also find larger companies and public sector organisations offering flexible working contracts, and are more likely to have the IT infrastructure to enable remote based development.   

 

How to use your online profiles to increase your employability

With potentially zero face-to-face contact with your possible future employer, it’s essential to showcase your skills and experience with your online profile. Professional profile sites like LinkedIn offer companies and recruiters a gateway into who you’ve worked with and what skills you have. Focus on displaying your official development qualifications, if you’re a PHP specialist then qualifications like Zend are a strong indicator of your skill.

And don’t stop at displaying just your work experience and technical qualifications. Coding sites like GitHub are a great way to showcase your projects to potential companies. So if you’ve created code that runs a website, software or service then here is the place to show it.

How to ace an online interview

For programming jobs like full stack or front-end developers, your remote interview will certainly have a strong technical focus. Being prepared for the questions your potential future employer may ask you is essential, but how do you know what they’ll ask? The answer is you don’t. With online tools like leetcode.com you can enhance your programming knowledge and test it against common interview questions employers will likely ask.

Computer Science and maths are the building blocks behind the various programming languages used in software and web development. Sites like brilliant.org offer great resources to test your foundation knowledge of the rules that drive computer programming, and further proof to your future employers you have what it takes.

What to wear and how to prepare for a remote interview

And while dressing in office wear maybe a bit over the top for a remote based role, looking presentable while showing personal style will help the interview hosts get a sense of who you are. Finally, with every interview, remote or face-to-face your personality will factor into the decision-making process for the job. Doing your prep on common questions about personality fit and your approaches to development work will improve confidence and reduce those interview nerves.

 

 

Recruitment Manager - IT Division

Lynsey has over 14 years of recruitment experience, all of which have been with Cathedral Appointments! She initially ran our office division before utilising previous knowledge and experience by taking on the IT Division in 2016. She can also be found running around sorting IT issues in the office for the rest of the team!

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