Longing for a remote IT job in Europe where your workstation is in the middle of the snow-capped Alps, a buzzing timeless city or a medieval town overlooking the Adriatic sea?
Whatever you’re fantasizing about, it is doable as we have the top strategies for how you can find a remote tech company to work for and base yourself in Europe.
Here’s everything you should be doing to make this happen.
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Network in European cities with a start-up scene
Don’t let networking intimidate you as it is a great way to meet new people in new cities that can connect you with IT opportunities.
There are a handful of European cities with a start-up scene filled with lots of talented engineers, founders, and emerging companies offering an exciting lifestyle . Here are some of the top places to consider:
- Berlin, German
- Kiev, Ukraine
- Madrid, Spain
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Moscow, Russia
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Minsk, Belarus
- Belgrade, Serbia
- Paris, France
- Barcelona, Spain
- London, England
- Munich, Germany
- Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Budapest, Hungry
- Krakow, Poland
- Helsinki, Finland
- Glasgow, Scotland
- Zurich, Switzerland
- Zug, Switzerland
- Riga, Latvia
- Tallinn, Estonia
As you can see, some of those cities are the usual suspects for top cities in Europe in many regards, and others probably surprised you.
So look into each city that interests you the most and apply the tips that follow below to your job search for tech positions in these cities.
If you want a better look at Europe’s best remote working locations, check out our post on the most exhilarating remote work locations in Europe.
Facebook groups can help you find remote IT jobs in Europe
Facebook offers many different types of groups to search in when looking for a remote IT job in Europe. You should search in the following:
- Expat Facebook groups
- Country-specific job groups
- IT job groups
- Remote job groups
- Travel groups
Expat groups, country-specific job groups and IT job groups are typically the best groups to search in because they already have a community of people who may have some leads for how to help you.
You should join these groups immediately to start moving the needle, because Facebook groups count as networking. You will be surprised how many people you can connect with this way.
General remote job groups that aren’t tech specific can be hit or miss depending on the group, so join a few of them and get a feel for each.
Travel groups are the least reliable, but you never know when a remote recruiter in Europe might post in them, so they are also worth a try.
Some other things to keep in mind when searching through Facebook are:
- The search function is a useful tool to see job posts that you might have missed.
- If you want to post that you are looking for a job, make sure the group rules allow that. Many groups don’t.
- Follow the instructions of the recruiter’s post. If they say send an email, then send an email. Don’t send them a private message because you will be one of many people ignoring their instructions.
- When you apply from a Facebook post, make sure you look on the company’s website and get a feel for what they are looking for so that you stand out from other applicants.
Search on tech job boards for remote IT opportunities in Europe
The internet is saturated with job boards these days, and that includes IT and tech specific groups.
Here are the best that are highly active and reliable:
Also try check start-up job boards like:
You can also find tech opportunities by frequenting websites like Y Combinator, Wired, TechCrunch, etc. These are of course not job sites, but they allow you to stay updated with what’s going on in your industry.
Look for remote IT jobs in Europe through general job boards
You can find remote tech opportunities in Europe via any good ol’ general job site as well.
Here are some of the best to consider:
|Remote Work Specific||In-Office and Remote Positions|
|We Work Remotely||The Muse|
Websites like AngelList and The Muse are particularly great for finding jobs in tech start-up scenes, so they are perhaps the best places to start.
Social media is a recruitment tool by European IT companies
Many remote IT companies in Europe post on social media when they are hiring, which is why you should be following companies you are interested in.
The best places to follow them are:
Tech companies often post to their Facebook and Instagram feeds when they want you to know they are “Now Hiring.” As well, they post on the stories feature of those apps which is why you should be following them online.
Twitter and LinkedIn are also good for getting blurbs and articles for when these companies are recruiting.
Many companies are also realizing the power of Youtube content in creating community online for IT professionals. That includes us, so be sure to subscribe to the Support Adventure Youtube channel for more tips and insight about remote working.
Follow businesses, big and small, that offer remote IT positions in Europe
As you go along this process of finding a job, you will start to take a mental inventory of companies that hire remote IT employees in Europe and elsewhere.
Be sure to write down these companies to stay on top of their hiring announcements. As you know, you can follow them on social media and check their website frequently.
Make sure that list includes small businesses as well for they are often hiring as they scale and require increased delegation of tasks.
You should also aim to get an idea of a company’s culture and values to make sure you would thrive there, especially if you are moving countries. That’s no small feat, so know what you’re getting yourself into. You can do this by:
- Reading the “About” page on the company’s website.
- Checking out articles they have on their site.
- Looking at their Linkedin page.
- Reading testimonials from clients and staff members.
- Looking at their social media.
Make sure that the staffing company has a similar vision to yours of what remote work means to you.
Pitch working remotely to your current employer
Did you know you can create a remote position for yourself by simply asking for one?
Many digital nomads and remote workers obtained their lifestyle by pitching the idea of working remotely to their current employer.
Some tips for getting your boss to agree to this are:
- Explain how working remotely would improve your position.
- Propose a trial so that they can ease into the idea.
- List the benefits for them if you work remotely.
- Find angles as to why you working remotely could be cost-effective.
- Propose solutions and softwares that will help your boss track your work online.
As long as you are persistent in your endeavours to find a remote IT job in Europe, these tips will surely help you in making that happen.
Don’t forget to apply for our available remote tech positions. And let us know in the comments below which of our tips worked best for you!