Write a cover letter catered to a hiring manager looking to fill a remote position. Cover letters should showcase key words in job descriptions. Cover letters should show hiring managers that remote workers are self-sufficient and do not require micromanagement.
- [Voiceover] Raise your hand if you love writing cover letters. Me neither. Writing about yourself just feels awkward and having to add that complexity of why you're well suited for work-in-the-home positions, on top of why you're a good fit for the company, just sounds exhausting and difficult. But, it doesn't have to be. Whether you have tons or almost no remote work experience, my aim is to help you write a cover letter that will best showcase your remote attributes. Now, before you even start writing anything down on paper, it's a good idea to just to visualize what your potential remote employer's looking for in a remote worker.
In all honesty, they're probably looking for someone they can just flat out trust. Or someone who won't need lots of supervision and someone who will pipe up if they need anything. Oh yeah, and someone who has the competence to actually do the job too. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, let me show you what that could look like on paper. In your cover letter, show your hiring manager that you don't need to be micromanaged. Think back to your job experience. Was there ever a time where your boss was out on vacation and you kept up your productivity? And maybe even managed a few other workers too? Have you ever completed a project ahead of schedule with limited resources? In my case, I've even showcased some freelance projects in my cover letter which led to getting hired.
The point is, just showing that you don't need hand holding is important, especially since you'll be responsible for managing your workload and staying as productive without your boss in the same room. Also, show that you are a proactive communicator. I'm not just talking about contributing in a meeting either. What I'm talking about is communicating problems, questions, or other issues as they arise. If I'm your boss, I don't wanna find out two weeks after I assign you a project that you don't know how to use a certain program. Or that a personal issue kept you from completing your task on time.
So really, just be sure to highlight those moments in your cover letter when you showed strong communication skills, such as your ability to ask or accept feedback from a boss, or even how you handled a rift between you and a former teammate. Be sure you don't forget to mention how you handle the nitty gritty details of every day work. When it comes to a remote job, details, or should we say lack of them, it can cause major problems for not only you, but for your company as well. Your cover letter is the place to share some stories of when being detail-oriented helped your company out in a major way.
So, have you ever caught some typos before a press release went out? Or maybe you realized that a teammate did not have all the info they needed to get a job done, so you raised your hand and said something. Spotlight these moments of success. It will help you to showcase your ability to work remotely. Let's also not forget about the ability to use technology. Just being honest here, I've had to use video conferencing tools using Google Hangouts, BlueJeans, Join.Me, Skype, and a handful of other tools. In today's tech-driven world, writing your cover letter that you can do the internet, or that you can type 35 words per minute is meaningless.
What matters is your ability to learn the tools and technology that your industry and your company uses and use them proficiently. Even more critical than that, is being able to problem-solve and troubleshoot technology, as it always has a way of failing when you need it most. I can't tell you how many times I've had a scheduled meeting and my microphone wouldn't turn on and I had to troubleshoot. But these things happen all the time and having problem-solving skills to overcome these tech issues are a true marker of someone who could work from home. So make sure you're identifying the different things your employer would want out of an employee and cherry-pick experiences that showcase those needs.
It just takes a bit of reflection on your previous experiences and my hope is that these examples will help you and get the ball rolling.
- 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