Ensure your resume is suited for a hiring manager looking to fill a remote position. Many day-to-day tasks in an office environment translate to remote job experience as well. The author explains how to highlight these areas to showcase experience and readiness for remote work.
- In this video, I want to debunk the myth that in order to get a remote job, you need to have remote job experience. That is not necessarily true. There are ways to craft your resume to showcase remote job skills and experience even without ever holding a remote position before. First of all, you probably didn't recognize it at the time, but at some point in your career you've worked remotely. Even if the position was in an office. Ever make a phone call? How about send an email? Well, that's remote experience.
I know. Sounds a little simplistic, but then again remote doesn't have to mean working from home. It just means working with people that are not in the same room as you. So, all those times you were communicating or working on projects with people in another location, that counts as remote experience. Next, make sure you're paying attention to the job description. There are probably some keywords that pop out at you that either make you nod your head in acknowledgment that you're qualified, or words where you might not be so sure.
Let those keywords be your guide when applying. If they're looking for someone who communicates well, pays attention to detail and is highly organized, I would use those words in my resume and cover letter when talking about my work experience. Talking about they relate to accomplishments can help as well. So, where do you put all this experience? Well, don't overlook the power of having a brief summary section at the top of your resume. I know this is more work and not exactly standard practice for all resumes. However, there's nothing wrong with including this.
Particularly if you don't have a whole lot of remote job skills or experience to show. And stating that you're looking for a remote job might put you ahead of another job seeker who doesn't have that information on their resume. I've hired for remote positions before and any added content that shows the employee is honestly passionate about remote work can also help. Just make sure to always tie it back to adding value to the employer. This small tip might help get your resume some further consideration. And you want to know a little secret? Some remote employers are more interested in making sure you can actually work from home than if you have the exact skills laid out in a job description.
So don't overlook those soft skills. You may not have thought they were applicable to a remote job, but they are. Use keywords in your resume that remote employers crave, like self-manager, strong communicator, problem solver, highly organized. All of which are traits every remote worker, regardless of industry, needs to possess in order to work from home successfully. You should also think back to those smaller gigs you may have had, but left out of your resume because they were not full-time jobs from Fortune 500 companies.
For instance, the summer freelance job I had doing some design work for a friend. Those are remote skills that I included in my resume where I made sure to highlight my remote communication and project management experience. These are the experiences that hiring managers are looking for. So, make sure you highlight them. If you worked as a freelance PR person for your friend's startup business? Include that in your resume. And use words like freelance. Employers will automatically equate it to mean that you're comfortable working from a home office.
And don't forget about adding job locations. You might think including job locations is a waste of time, especially when real estate on a resume is so precious. But if you worked virtually in the past adding the extra detail is a smart move. I worked in an office job and once in awhile worked from home. So, I wrote, marketing manager, San Francisco, and remote. That way a hiring manager knew I worked in a remote capacity before. So, in summary, don't count yourself out just because you don't think you have any remote experience.
Chances are, you have more than you think. You just need to get it down on paper. Think about what a remote employer would potentially want in a worker and structure your resume to meet their needs. Then at least, you got a good shot.
- Preparing for your remote job hunt
- Setting up a productive workspace
- Finding remote jobs
- Avoiding scams
- Crafting a remote resume
- Interviewing for a remote job
- Negotiating salary
- Staying motivated