Tips on how to optimize your application for a remote job

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Home office or remote work may have been hard to come by in the past. In the meantime, however, times have changed, thanks in part to Corona. Most companies have seen that remote work can work well – and many no longer expect all employees to come back to the office after the pandemic. Large companies such as Google or Salesforce have already announced or implemented to enable permanent home office.

There are many similarities between the remote job application process and the standard face-to-face application. But there are a few things you should take into account when looking for a remote job. Below you will find specific tips on how to update your CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile in order to present yourself as the perfect candidate or the perfect candidate for remote work.

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The resume

Online volunteering, video meetings with customers in other time zones and collaborative online work via Google Docs or the cloud – all of these experiences are part of working remotely. This is confirmed by Jennifer Parrish, who works for the Remote.Co platform. Remote.Co is a platform that specializes in remote jobs.

If you clearly outline such experiences on your résumé, it can make all the difference in why you are hired. You can mention it in brackets after the job title – for example, “Marketing Director (remote)”. Otherwise you could mention it in the respective job description by writing something like: “I managed a team of five employees remotely and increased sales by 20 percent in the first quarter.”

If you have a lot of remote working experience, you may want to create a separate “Remote Working” section to highlight on your resume. Whatever you decide, you shouldn’t assume that your HR managers know that you’ve already worked remotely because of your job title.

The job search engine Indeed suggests that you also mention specific experience with tools if they are related to the specific needs of remote work. You can name programs like Slack, Asana, Trello, Dropbox or Google Hangouts. Alternatively, you can also cite general video conferencing, e-mail management, cloud storage technologies and office programs.


The cover letter

You should be aware that the companies you are applying to do not want to know why a remote job is a good fit in your life. Rather, they want to know why working remotely could be beneficial for the company. Therefore, lines like: “I want to work for you because I pick up my children from school” should be avoided at all costs.

Instead, try to highlight your remote working skills and what you can do for the company. For example, soft skills such as a sense of responsibility, flexibility, time management and adaptability are even more important when working remotely. So talk about how you have demonstrated these skills in your previous activities.

An anecdote like this can go a long way: “The first few weeks of remote working in my previous position were tough. My employees felt demotivated. So I called an impromptu group meeting. We wrote down all of our frustrations on a sticky note and then tore them to shreds. This small measure helped the employees to realize that they were not alone. “

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The LinkedIn profile

If you search your LinkedIn network, you will find a lot of people with headings like “Finding Remote Work Opportunities.” Unfortunately, this is completely unsuitable for attracting the attention of HR managers. When hiring managers search LinkedIn, they’ll be looking for people who already work in their industry.

So you have to do some research to choose the best professional heading possible. To do this, look for profiles of people who have the jobs you want. Make a note of keywords they used in their profiles or job descriptions. You can add them to your profile and use hashtags in posts describing what you are looking for.

This approach can ensure that your profiles appear the next time a recruiter searches. Make sure to keep your “About Me” section short and relevant. The first three lines are what recruiters will skim. So you should make sure to get their attention in such a way that they want to click on the “See more” button.

If you have no previous remote working experience, nothing is lost

If you’ve never worked remotely before, don’t be discouraged. Even so, you likely have many of the relevant skills required for remote work positions. This includes using Zoom, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Slack. You can also add value to your résumé through online collaboration. There are always people looking for volunteers for projects or writers for blogs.

If you volunteer your time, you can add remote experience to your résumé and add recommendations to your cover letter and LinkedIn profile. You may even work with someone who can recommend you for a job posting later. Networking is the most important thing. Even if you don’t end up benefiting much from a project, it is certain that you will learn from it in some way – even if you don’t yet know what exactly it is.

This article was translated from English and edited by Julia Knopf. You can read the original here.


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