HOW TO LAND A REMOTE JOB POSITION
For many, working remotely is the definition of “living the dream.” If you’re one of those people, you’re in luck! Remote work is on the rise; according to Inavero’s 2019 Future Workforce report, 73% of all departments will have remote workers by 2028.
And for good reason: Research shows that people who are allowed to work remotely are less stressed, more productive, and perform better than people who are required to work in an office.
That said, it’s still not always easy to find remote jobs, let alone get hired for them. So much of traditional recruiting and hiring is still built around in-person opportunities. But if you know how and where to look and how to stand out as a stellar remote candidate, it’s definitely doable.
Is working remotely your idea of a dream job? Then here are a few tips to help you find the perfect remote opportunity and get hired.
Figure out what kind of remote job is right for you
There are a lot of different ways to work remotely. You can work as a full-time, salaried employee for one company. You can work on a contract basis for a few months at a time. You can freelance for a variety of different companies. It’s important to consider what kind of remote opportunity is going to work for you. Looking for stability and opportunities for growth? Then a full-time position might be your best bet. But if you’re looking for flexibility and freedom (beyond location), a contract or freelance position might be a better bet.
Network/ follow the right sites, groups, and accounts
The first step to successfully getting a remote job is, of course, identifying one you’re interested in. And in order to do that? You need to know the right places to look.
“There are hundreds of Facebook groups that list available remote positions says Kelly Konya, chief editor for the global co-working space database Coworker.com.
Not only are these groups a great resource to connect with other remote workers and gain insights from their experiences, but they’re also a go-to resource for businesses and hiring managers to post remote jobs. “Plus, Facebook is so immediate that it's easy to reach out if a position opens up and almost instantly find out if the company would be a good fit for you,” says Konya.
There are also plenty of Twitter accounts devoted to remote job postings, there are also a number of websites that list remote opportunities.
In-person networking is always helpful. But if you want to work remotely, you’ll also need to network remotely and the bulk of that networking will take place on LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is a great place for you to connect with hiring managers and showcase your skills and experience. But if you want to get hired, you need a profile that’s going to get you noticed. Build a strong LinkedIn profile that showcases your skills and accomplishments, as well as, how you think, communicate, and the knowledge that you have for the job you want.
“My first tip for job seekers looking for a remote job is to update their LinkedIn profile,” says Caitlin Proctor, who works 100% remotely at resume writing service Zipjob. “Recruiters use LinkedIn daily to find candidates for a variety of roles. Remote work success often relies on computer savviness and digital skills. An optimized LinkedIn profile can demonstrate both” by showing you understand how to leverage digital tools to drive results.
Tailor your resume for a remote position
You might already have a resume to work from, or you might be starting from scratch; either way, you need to make sure that your resume reflects your desire to work remotely, and the skills needed to do so. If you’ve had any remote experience in the past perhaps a remote internship or a side hustle be sure to highlight it. If you don’t have relevant experience, make sure you highlight your transferable skills such as communication, self-sufficiency, organization, and attention to detail.
It’s also worth mentioning skills that have become synonymous with remote work, such as being able to use platforms like Zoom, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, etc. and be knowledgeable about online tools, apps, or any other software that your job may require. Ensure that you move any recently gained remote skills, achievements or tools to the top of your CV and make them prominent.
Tailor your CV to match target job adverts is going to be the best way to grab the employer’s attention, as well as ensuring that you use the right keywords mentioned in the job posting to ensure you look like a perfect fit for the role.
Know your technology
Being tech-savvy is important for any job but it’s especially important when you’re working off-site.
“If you want to work remotely, you need to make sure you're up-to-date with the latest tools and software for your industry. You'll be doing all of your work online, so knowing the avenues to do that most efficiently is a big plus for an employer
Perfect your virtual interview skills
If you’re applying for a remote job, the likelihood is that the entire hiring process will also be remote. So, it pays to work on your virtual interview skills. This means you need to be prepared to take part in video interviews.
Remote interviews come with their own challenges, not least of all technical issues that could disrupt the call. So, before you take part in any video interview, be sure to test your devices, internet connection and sound. Be sure to dress smart, prepare thoroughly and choose a neutral and quiet location to avoid distractions mid-interview.
Ultimately, by understanding what you want from a remote role and then carefully preparing your CV and interview techniques, you can hugely boost your chances of landing a remote job this year.