Seeking remote work employment? Showcase your track record of successful remote work achievements. But how do you really make those successes shine? Below we outline a few resume tips for remote workers that may aid the process.
With the increase in remote work opportunities, employers have learned that total freedom of space is a required skill to manage successfully. At the same time, it’s a quick realization that not everyone is qualified for the responsibility.
In order for your resume to stand out from the crowd, weave the remote roles into your current resume gracefully.
Three ways to highlight your remote work experience and talents:
1. Out with It.
Making a great success out of remote work opportunities is an achievement that your resume should reflect that message clearly.
Historically, the ‘Previous Employment’ section of a resume would have the employer’s location. Alongside the title role. This is an area that can slightly shift in design to highlight the location of remote work. Here are a few suggestions:
List the organization’s corporate location using a city/state format. Then, in the first sentence, note that the work is performed remotely.
Secondly, skip city/state altogether in the formatting and note that the work was performed remotely in the first sentence.
Another option is to list “Remote Work” in place of city/state.
For those with extensive remote experience consider separating home-office jobs into their own “Remote Work Experience” section. This has the advantage of increasing confidence in hiring managers. When they see a list of previous employers who have trusted you to telecommute, that speaks volumes for your abilities to perform well.
Just be sure you don’t distract from your best qualifications by inadvertently hiding some relevant non-remote experience in a lower section.
2. Talk up the Details.
Outline your previous job tasks and accomplishments. Deliberately detail how they were successfully performed remotely. The goal of really strong resumes is to tell your story. The proof is in the details!
For instance, an effective presentation of a customer service position might read something like, “Attended to 50+ customer inquiries each day through the company’s website from a dedicated coworking space with a high-speed Internet connection.”
Or for a sales role, perhaps include a statement such as, “Recognized by management as the top performer for the 2019 fiscal year for converting more cold calls into billable accounts than any other remote worker.”
3. Focus on Skills.
When work is being performed remotely, the skills section of your resume must make an impact. While every good employee is strong as a self-starter, great communicators, and champions of time management, remote workers need to show this in spotlight style focus.
When discussing your skills, look at how they particularly fit into the remote work ecosystem. Good communicators, for instance, may want to mention their comfort using video conferencing, chat platforms, and instant messaging to stay in touch with others on the remote team.
Strong collaborators could talk about using shared documents strategies and scheduled daily check-ins to accomplish company goals and stay on target while off-site.
Always remember that your resume is to get a foot in the door. It is meant to tell your story in a punchy and concise format that presents yourself as a solid candidate for continued remote work successes.
Chances are if a company is hiring for a remote role, then they are perfectly aware of what challenges and successes are possible. Let them know you are a valuable addition to working from any location!
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