1. Action: Relocation – here are the things you need to know
Has it ever crossed your mind not to limit yourself to local companies? I am sure you have. That’s why we select the best remote offers in the Vived app. But you can also try a completely different life in a new country, and that’s what I’d like to write a bit about today.
Looking for an IT job with relocation between countries (or even continents) is a higher level of difficulty. Unless you use the right guides on how to prepare for such a move and get a job in a foreign company in general. A good example is the Codemotion blog post, which I heartily recommend to you.
Everything starts with the CV, and this is the case here. In addition to a brief form, a concrete listing of the most important technologies or a percentage (or just numerical) assessment of your capabilities and successes, it is also worth writing a cover letter. I know, for many people this form has become a thing of the past. I’m sure you’ve heard that CVs are massively scraped and actually few people read them “manually”, but since you’re hitting overseas, it’s worth letting yourself be known a little better or stand out from the crowd. And above all, it’s worth showing that you care.
What’s next? Tools. For offers with relocation, https://relocate.me, https://angel.co/jobs or the immortal https://linkedin.com work well, but if you would like to browse such offers in Vived as well, be sure to let us know! As a last resort, you are left with Google, where, thanks to Boolean tricks, you can quite effectively filter out offers that may be of interest to you.
Where is it worth going? Probably to Asia. In a ranking of the fastest-growing hubs in 2022, as many as 7 of the top 10 spots are occupied by cities in Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. On the other hand, Lisbon, Belgrade, Tbilisi, Playa del Carmen or the Canary Islands can be recommended to fans of safe havens, which have been the most popular destinations for digital nomads for years. There is plenty to choose from!
Before you head out into the world you will, of course, face several interviews and in-depth research. Don’t forget to talk to the company about the relocation package, and… visit the place you’re going to at least once. This can save you a lot of unnecessary stress. Good luck!
2. ‘Recruiter’ scam? Yes, it happens
When looking for remote work, beware of scammers whose brazenness (and ingenuity) knows no bounds. Every year, the police warn elderly people against ‘grandchild’ scams and women against ‘soldiers’ who perfectly exploit their feelings to take their money. It turns out that programmers are also at risk, and this is due to the ‘recruiter’ scam.
On this page you will find the story of an offer from Indeed that turned out to be a total scam. The hero of this story took part in a recruitment process for the position of Remote Software Engineer for AutoNation, or rather… he thought so. At the beginning nothing aroused his suspicions. He brilliantly passed through the recruitment tasks and then started a conversation with the company’s ‘vice-president’ himself. The manager contacted him via private email (@gmail.com), and the recruited programmer took this as a good sign… because in the ‘recruitment’ videos on YT it was mentioned that it was a good idea to get a direct email to the recruiters (OMG, it’s been a long time since I heard something so stupid).
The inexperienced programmer also overlooked grammatical errors and typos in the company’s emails and unusual recruitment questions. As he admits, he didn’t get much sleep, had the flu, and was just happy to have a new offer. He also thought Indeed was vetting its ads.
Then, all of a sudden, an announcement arrived in our hero’s email inbox that he would receive a cheque before starting work. Its cashing would allow to purchase equipment for the candidate’s home office. The programmer signed the cheque for almost $9,000 and… realised what a stupid thing he had done. And then he googled more stories like this.
In his summary, the author includes as many as 16 lessons he learned from this experience. Only one should suffice for you – never trust when a recruiter (or VP) writes to you from a private email 😉
Among the recommended titles are:
- CodinGame – a game of knocking down enemy spacecraft via specific commands from the code editor (yes, there is a multiplayer feature!)
- CodeCombat – a classic RPG with an interestingly crafted storyline and dubbing
- Untrusted – a terminal escape room full of puzzles and clues
- Codewars – solving puzzles by filling in the blanks with code
- JSRobot – a simple platform game in which we overcome obstacles standing in the robot’s way
- a few others also worth your attention.
Even if you’re a JS Ninja, there’s bound to be something for you among the above titles. I’m not promising you’ll learn more, but you’ll certainly refresh the basics, and that’s always worth taking the time for.