If your main requirement in a new job is that the position be fully remote, you may want to go about your search a bit differently than a candidate who has other top priorities. Tweaks in where you look and how you present yourself save valuable hunting time and put you in situations with improved odds of success.
Maximize your chances of landing a fully remote role with these job hunting strategies:
Use the right job boards.
Start with sites that specialize in presenting legitimate remote opportunities, such as FlexJobs and Remote.co. Being able to look through a whole database of relevant postings rather than scour general job boards for a few possibilities greatly reduces frustration.
Both FlexJobs and Remote.co also offer a wealth of information on awesome flex-friendly companies. Targeting efforts toward employers who already routinely hire and value remote workers keeps candidates from having to “sell” a company on the idea.
Watch out for scams.
Unfortunately, the Internet contains some unscrupulous people who prey upon hopeful job hunters. Proceed cautiously on general searches. Avoid terms such as “work from home” or “online jobs for moms” in favor of phrases such as “telework” or “remote work.” Run from anything requiring you to put up money, presenting only a vague description of tasks, or sounding too easy. Remember, “work from home” isn’t a job title—honest employers hire for flushed-out positions that benefit their company.
All wise job seekers build connections to learn about opportunities. For someone searching for a fully remote position, talking to people who already hold remote roles can pay off. Their own company may be hiring, or they may be attuned in general to employers receptive to telecommuting. Don’t know many home-based workers? Consider temporarily joining a coworking space and mingling with other members.
Adjust your resume and cover letter.
Hiring managers increasingly are realizing that the ability to work remotely is a specific skill, just like leadership or attention to detail. Thus, presenting your ability to contribute from an off-site environment gains notice. Focus on success in previous remote roles, even occasional ones. Confidence grows when employers see others trusted you to perform remotely and you delivered.
Prove why you’re right for the job.
Regardless of the work site, landing a job involves proving why you’re the best person for the position. Devote substantial time to laying out why you’re an awesome match. Pay attention to keywords, and tailor your material to the job at hand.
Demonstrate exceptional communication.
Quick, errorless, professional correspondence should be a priority for any job hunter. For prospective remote workers, it’s a must because so much of the arrangement relies on the ability to interact with others in a timely, effective fashion. Pay close attention to directions, ask relevant questions, and proofread everything.
Prepare for alternate types of interviews.
Finally, employers hiring for remote positions often utilize methods besides on-site interviews. Gaining comfort with Skype and honing your phone and video chat skills puts you in a position to make a great impression!
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