In 2016 I got my first full-time remote job at a cool software startup in just two weeks (my process is documented here). One reason I was able to get hired so quickly is because remote job boards made finding full time remote work opportunities easy.
Four years later, these remote job boards still exist and I still use them. They helped me get a different full time remote job in 2017 when I got bored of my first full time remote job and, at the time of this writing, they’re helping me get yet another full time remote job.
As you can see in the spreadsheet below, AngelList is the remote job board that got me the most interviews in 2016 but FlexJobs is the remote job board that showed me the company I ultimately accepted an offer from.
In this post, I’ll show you how to use the job boards featured in the spreadsheet and other job boards I’ve used in recent years to find full time remote work fast. In my experience, these are the best remote job boards. I recommend only using these, checking them on a daily or weekly basis, and not wasting time looking for alternative remote job boards.
In the spreadsheet above I did not track every job I applied to. I only tracked jobs I wrote a custom cover letter like this for, was really interested in, and/or received a positive response about. For jobs I was only somewhat interested I used a generic cover letter like this and only added them to the spreadsheet if I received a positive response from the company.
You can copy this job tracking spreadsheet to keep track of the status of the remote jobs you apply to.
Remote-Only Job Boards
These are job boards that only feature job listings from remote companies. Because of this, they are highly competitive.
To win interviews using remote-only job boards, do this:
- Only apply to jobs you’re highly qualified for.
- Create a custom cover letter using a cover letter template like this.
- Sign up for email alerts (if available) and apply early.
- Use a resume that is optimized and highly relevant to the position you’re applying for. (Here is mine.)
Competition: High | Amount of Listings: High | Email Alerts: Yes (Daily)
We Work Remotely is one of the original and most popular remote job boards. In 2016 I applied to a remote job on a different, less popular remote job board called FlexJobs (below). However, I later realized that this job was also posted on We Work Remotely. Because it was posted on We Work Remotely the company received 450 job applicants.
Even though competition was high I received an interview for the job, made it to the final round of interviews, and ultimately accepted the job offer. Among the high-competition, remote-only job boards I prefer this one because it has the most listings for nearly every job category.
Competition: Medium | Amount of Listings: Low | Email Alerts: Yes (Weekly)
Remotive is not as popular as We Work Remotely but it’s competitive enough to warrant the creation of a short, custom cover letter for jobs you apply to. One thing that’s original about Remotive is that it clearly lists the skills that are required from job applicants to be considered for the remote position.
Competition: Medium | Amount of Listings: High| Email Alerts: No
FlexJobs is the only remote-only job board that makes you pay to view full job listings. However, there’s a reason for this. According to their website they “screen the jobs so you only get an ad-free, junk-free job search for high-quality remote and flexible jobs.” They also have a handy advanced filtering system that lets you create ultra-specific job searches.
I paid for FlexJobs for one month and wasn’t amazed with my experience, but for only about $7/week or $15/month it’s worth checking out if you run dry on opportunities. After all, this is where I found the full-time remote job I got hired for in 2016.
Competition: High | Amount of Listings: Medium| Email Alerts: Yes (Daily)
Remote.co has a similar layout as FlexJobs but the main difference is that it’s free. Because of this, competition for many of the remote jobs posted here are high. It is one of the most popular remote-only job boards after We Work Remotely.
Quick-Apply Remote Job Boards
Quick-apply job boards let you create a profile so you can apply to jobs without leaving the job board. Usually you can apply to jobs in one or two clicks.
To win interviews using quick-apply job boards, do this:
- Apply to absolutely every job that seems somewhat relevant and interesting.
- Quickly fill in this this cover letter template and download a version as a PDF for each job you apply to.
- Only add jobs to your tracking sheet when you get a positive reply from a hiring manager.
- Complete your profile on each platform and make your profile content succinct like your resume (here is mine).
- Save jobs you’re highly qualified for and deeply interested in. Apply to them later using this cover letter template if a cover letter is required.
Competition: Medium | Amount of Listings: High | Email Alerts: Yes (Occasional) | My Profile
AngelList is the job board that provides me with the most interviews time and time again. In 2016 it provided me with four interviews and, during my most recent remote job hunt, it helped me just as much. One weekend I applied to 20 remote jobs on AngelList with a generic cover letter and scored interviews with four of them. (A 20% response rate is really good, especially when applying to full time remote jobs.)
Most jobs on AngelList are posted by tech startups. To find startups that are well-funded and can pay you your desired salary (and equity), use AngelList’s advanced filtering options. Among all of the quick-apply remote job boards, AngelList has the best filtering system.
Competition: Medium | Amount of Listings: High | Email Alerts: Yes (Daily or Weekly)| My Profile
Indeed is the job board that provides me with the second most interviews after AngelList. The nice thing about Indeed is that, after applying to one job, it copies your cover letter template over to future jobs you apply to. You just have to change the name of the company and position you’re applying for in the cover letter template. Indeed also has a really slick smartphone app. To search for remote job on Indeed, enter “Remote” in the location field.
Competition: High | Amount of Listings: High | Email Alerts: Yes (Occasional) | My Profile
I have used LinkedIn to land a job before but it was an office job. Competition seems to be higher on LinkedIn compared to AngelList and Indeed. I think this is because it’s a social media platform as well as a jobs platform. I haven’t had much luck with LinkedIn in my most recent remote job search but it’s still a good platform to use. Because you can apply to dozens of remote jobs in only 20 minutes you really have nothing to lose.
Competition: Medium | Amount of Listings: Medium | Email Alerts: Yes (Occasional)
I used the quick-apply feature on ZipRecruiter to land my first job at a tech startup in 2014. The only problem with ZipRecruiter is that it doesn’t let you put “Remote” as a location. To work around this you have to add the word “remote” after your desired job title and leave the location field blank. Other than this, ZipRecruiter is a good way to build momentum fast. It has a one-click apply feature that is literally only one click. It only takes a second to apply to a lot of remote positions.
Major Job Boards (with Remote Filtering)
When you run low on opportunities using remote-only job boards and quick-apply job boards you can resort to more traditional job boards, or what I refer to as major job boards. These are job boards that “scrape” the web for open remote jobs. When you click on a job listing the job board will redirect you to the application page hosted on the hiring company’s website.
To win interviews using major job boards, do this:
- Create and optimize a one-page, two-column resume (here is mine).
- Always add a cover letter, even if it is optional.
- Use a generic cover letter or custom cover letter template depending on your level of interest.
- Don’t waste time applying to jobs that require you to recreate your resume on their site.
Competition: Medium | Amount of Listings: High | Email Alerts: Yes (Occasional)
Google’s job search feature can give you access to remote job openings that are not posted on any other job boards. To only see remote job listings, click the Location tab, then click the Work from home button. At this time I only recommend using Google’s Job Search platform as a major job board because it’s powered by Google (the most popular search company) and because the platform allows you to filter to only see remote jobs.
Bonus: Find Hidden Remote Jobs
When a company creates a new remote job listing it’s usually added to a section of their website that’s powered by an applicant tracking system (ATS), also known as an ATS subdomain. Some examples of popular ATS’s include Lever, Greenhouse, and Hire With Google. Their corresponding subdomains are
After a new remote job listing is posted by a company on one of these subdomains it’s not always added to job boards by the company. That means that these jobs listings are virtually hidden to the public web, which is good news for you. It means you can be one of the first people to apply.
To find these jobs, go to Google and use this search template:
site:[ats url] [job title] remote. Replace the
[ats url] placeholder with the subdomain of the ATS site and replace the
[job title] placeholder with your desired job title or area of specialty. If I wanted to look at all the companies using Lever’s ATS that had remote content marketing positions available I would enter the following into the Google search bar:
site:jobs.lever.co content marketing remote
Try it out for yourself using your job title or related keywords. What happens? I think you’ll find the results interesting.
Any more good job boards come to your mind? Please put them in the comment section below. Happy job hunting!