With the increasing use of technology, more jobs are becoming remote. The benefits of a remote job are plentiful and include choosing your hours, working from anywhere, and having more autonomy. If you’re interested in applying for remote jobs, you’ll want to specifically prepare. Applying for a position you engage in from home is unique from applying from traditional jobs.
Read on to learn tips and tricks to crafting engaging and compelling remote job applications to land the position of your dreams.
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1. Seek Out Remote-Friendly Companies
First things first, you want to actively seek out companies that are hiring remote workers. While many companies currently have remote openings available, pay close attention to the details of the postings. Most of these positions will be listed as temporary. That’s why it’s essential to look into the companies directly.
Look into companies that offer permanently remote positions. You might want to focus on “fully distributed” businesses – meaning they have no central office and therefore workers are dispersed. These ventures will offer more stability and also have a solid working from home process.
2. Think Like a Hiring Manager
Once you’ve found openings that you’re interested in, it’s time for you to start crafting applications. Before you start compiling documents and other necessary papers, stop to think like a hiring manager. You’ll want to answer questions like “what does adverse action mean and could it affect me?”, how you can explain any gaps in your resume, and how you can convey that you’ll be a dedicated and self-motivated remote employee.
If you have a grasp on the process of the hiring team, you can tailor your submission to suit them. While you probably won’t know details, you can look into the business to see what they look for and how long their process takes.
3. Showcase Previous Remote Experience
Like any other application, you want to tailor the information on your documents to suit the remote position. If you have other remote or freelance job experience, place it front and center in your resume. Let the hiring team know that you’ve worked from home before and that you’ve been responsible, proactive, and autonomous.
For those who have no prior experience, don’t worry. Highlight jobs and experiences that showcase your ability to work as an independent member of a diverse team.
4. Tailor Your Interview
When you get an interview for a remote position, you’ll firstly want to make sure you have a home setup capable of video-linking with audio so you can have a (virtual) face-to-face conversation.
On the day, make sure to speak clearly, concisely, and specifically to what the hiring team is looking for. Highlight your ability to maintain high levels of transparency, written and oral communication, and independence. You’ll want to show off your keen understanding of your strengths and areas for improvement.
Let the employer know that you can handle yourself, do whatever research is required on your time, and work well collaboratively. Be prepared to answer questions like:
- What non-technical issues have you faced and how have you solved them?
- What was your favorite project to work on so far?
- How do you manage your workload to hit deadlines?
Luckily, you’ll be able to have notes in front of you as prompts!
5. Create an Online Portfolio
Remote businesses rely on the internet to complete work. Because of that, you’ll want to craft an online portfolio to show off your previous projects.
Creating a website and LinkedIn profile also indicates to employers that you know what you’re doing and are fully computer-literate.
Enjoy Your Remote Position
By following our five tips, you’ll land the remote job of your dreams. Remember that getting the ideal job takes time. Enjoy the process and have fun.