In this chat with Jordan Carroll, otherwise known as The Remote Job Coach, he drops a TON of wisdom on how to find remote jobs that fit your lifestyle desires. We also discuss his path to becoming a remote entrepreneur, juggling travel plus remote work and setting an ideal pace, the advantages of having a base, and the beauty of this flexible lifestyle when it comes to routines, location, and love.
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Introducing Jordan Carroll, The Remote Job Coach
Jordan Carroll has worked more than seven years remotely in the U.S. and while traveling internationally. He worked for a Fortune 50 company, start-ups, and his own businesses. He has lived in over 15 countries on five continents in the past three years and is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council.
He’s now Known as The Remote Job Coach, and as such he creates content, courses, and coaching programs to help high performers learn a process to land legitimate remote jobs and gain freedom and flexibility in their lives. Thousands of remote job seekers have used his methodologies to find success in their remote job searches.
Watch our Interview Here!
In our 40 minute chat, we cover a variety of topics around lifestyle and career, and Jordan drops some serious exclusive tips for finding remote jobs!
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How Jordan got Into Remote Work
Like most people, Jordan’s path into full-time remote work (and eventually running his own remote business) was a winding one. He talks about:
- Starting off working for IBM full-time in an office, to negotiating one day a week remote.
- His first fully remote job working for a women’s dating coach.
- The challenges of working in sales when values aren’t fully aligned.
- How being a Remote Year customer turned into a job and gave him a community that has endured in the years since.
- How his job at Remote Year helped him identify a market he could serve.
- The tipping point when Jordan realized it was time to quit his job and go all-in on coaching.
Jordan’s Work as The Remote Job Coach
I have to be honest: I tend to be leery of coaches these days. It feels like everybody is hanging out a shingle and calling themselves a coach, and I’m not convinced of the value that these people provide. But talking to Jordan, I was really impressed. He knows his stuff, and has some pretty sophisticated strategies that get results. Here’s a bit more about what he does and for whom:
- He works mostly with high-performers who want to refine their careers and/or transition to remote work.
- He also helps people at different stages of their career figure out their next career move.
- He offers one-on-one and group coaching, online curriculum, and subscription programs.
- How he is changing his business model and finding ways to scale.
- The ways in which he is working to provide value for somebody who may be unemployed and can’t afford full coaching.
- The challenges of being in a business where if he does his job right, people don’t need him any more!
Remote Job Search Tips: How to Find Remote Jobs
Jordan doesn’t keep remote job search tips secret; in fact his website is packed with free resources! Throughout our chat he happily shared a bunch of tips, including:
- Become a customer of the company you want to work for.
- Spend 80% of your time and effort “sharpening the axe” of strategy and skills.
- Instead of looking at what’s available on a job board, figure out exactly what you want in a job first. (This reminds me of what Jason Moore does from a lifestyle perspective with the Lifestyle Launch Academy – check out my chat with him here).
- How to find the company that will offer you the kind of remote job you want (Jordan shares some very specific killer tips on this).
- “How you do anything is how you do everything” and what that means from a remote job search standpoint.
- The importance of mindset on a remote working job search.
- Expect things to not go the way you anticipate.
- Companies that will support your lifestyle travel ambitions are going to be harder to find.
- How to structure your email in-box while doing your remote job research.
- How to interact with remote work companies online to get noticed.
- Applying for jobs isn’t actually the best way to find remote work.
What it Takes to Work Remotely
Jordan is also pretty blunt about how not everybody is cut out to work remotely. He mentions:
- If you’re not able to navigate his website and free resources before emailing him with a redundant question, them perhaps you are not cut out for remote work.
- Remote work requires proactive self-directed skills.
- The big thing people do wrong when looking for remote jobs.
- The sort of energy one should take into their job search.
- Why it’s important not to wait to take the leap if you know the leap is right.
Remote Work + Travel Lifestyle
The more people I speak to about the long-term travel lifestyle, the more variations on this theme I discover! Speaking from personal experience, I know my own travel lifestyle and remote work routine has gone through many iterations over the years, and continues to evolve. So too has it for Jordan. He tells me about:
- His call to “something more” and how it led to a life change.
- How Jordan’s “existential crisis” peaked in 2018 and led him to Lisbon and Remote Year.
- That moment when he realized it was more uncomfortable to maintain the status quo than to make a huge change.
- How two years of travel changing location approximately every month took a toll.
- The dangers of thinking a month is a long time as a lifestyle traveler.
- Why Remote Year is great (from a logistical as well as community point of view).
- How Jordan fell in love with Playa Del Carmen for walkability, location, food, and community.
- How he met and fell in love with his girlfriend who, at the time of our interview, he lived with in Mexico. (Love happens, and sometimes it doesn’t last. I have a few war wounds myself).
- The advantages of having a base of operations, like having a proper work setup.
- Co-working spaces vs. cafes vs. home office setups.
- The value of co-working online with colleagues.
- The advantage of making your own hours as an entrepreneur and catering to your most productive times.
- Morning routines and how they have come into play at various times in Jordan’s life.
- The importance of taking stock of your work flow and daily routines and tweak as needed.
There was much more to our interview than what’s written above, so I highly encourage you to have a watch! Jordan’s parting words summed it all up nicely:
“If you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right.”