Back in 2020, approximately 5.6 million professionals worked from home in the UK, a figure influenced mainly by the Coronavirus epidemic. However, remote work was already on rise of its popularity much before this major catalyst for change. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the ILO estimated that 7.9% of the world’s workforce (260 million workers) worked from home permanently. They included teleworkers, industrial workers, artists, self-employed business owners, and freelancers.
As digitisation and the shift to a knowledge-based economy has progressed, remote and hybrid work has become more practical for firms and individuals. It is reported that 55% of businesses globally offer some capacity for remote work. In today’s labour market, the opportunity to work from home has become a critical factor in hiring decisions. Both employers and their staff have duly noted the benefits.
For professionals looking to better their careers, there are a plethora of remote job alternatives available right now. You simply need to know where to hunt for the ideal work and how to position yourself in the distant market to be more marketable.
This article discusses 10 tips and hacks to accelerate your success in landing the remote job of your dreams.
10 Tips For Finding A Remote Job
Tip #1: Learn to recognize bogus job postings
Unfortunately, since the start of the pandemic, internet job frauds have been on the rise. These four factors are big, flashing warning flags indicating a remote job listing is a scam:
- They’re requesting confidential information (which you should never share!).
- They pay a lot of money and require very few qualifications. (too good to be true!)
- They want you to pay a fee to apply.
- There is no trustworthy information about the company available on the internet.”
Practise good cyber hygiene during job hunting, and don’t hand out personal information until you’re convinced you’re communicating with a trustworthy company or recruitment agency.
Tip #2: Use Remote Job Boards
When looking for the best remote jobs online, you should start by looking at job boards. Although you might be able to find some remote jobs on giant job boards, such as Indeed, you’ll have better luck and save time heading to niche job boards that focus specifically on remote roles. For example, Smart Workers Home is a fantastic resource for anyone who works in programming, marketing, copywriting, sales, or customer service. Other helpful sites for seeking remote work include We Work Remotely and FlexJobs.
You’ll be surprised at how many remote job opportunities there are if you limit your search to job boards that only list on-premise jobs.
Tip #3: Get an agency to help you
If you’re struggling to find remote opportunities, we recommend getting in touch with a recruitment consultancy that specialises in your industry. Recruiters put their efforts into finding candidates exactly for the position they’re looking for, and their clients the perfect person for the job. Prior to the pandemic, thousands of companies relied heavily on remote recruiting to fill positions on their teams. However, now that most companies have had firsthand experience with remote workers, remote recruitment has grown significantly.
A remote recruiter can look for specific positions that match your skills and experience in time-efficient places. As a result, the entire job-hunting process can be faster and more effective, especially since recruitment agencies have extensive experience working in a virtual environment due to their flexible work schedules.
Tip #4: Network to find remote jobs
Networking is important. According to Lou Adler’s survey (the CEO of The Adler Group), a whopping 85% of all jobs are filled via networking. The most efficient strategy to land your dream remote jobs is to build a network around your passion field and use that network to find open positions. Networking takes time, but it will pay off in more ways than you might imagine. Everyone advises you to grow your network, but no one teaches you how to do it. Here, we’ll show you how.
Where can you find people to network with about job opportunities?
- Your email contact list
- Linkedin connection
- Twitter and direct messages
- Slack channels
- Facebook groups or private messages
- Community job sites
Here are some pointers for interacting with people with whom you have a connection:
- Inquire about their position, business, or projects.
- Consider how your passion and profession might assist others.
- Refer to a previous discussion.
- Please keep your message to a minimum and be kind to them. No one has time to read an email that is too long.
- Make it easy for them to refer you to another company in case of rejection.
Tip #5: Adapt your CV
It may have been a while since you updated your CV as a seasoned professional, but now is the time to adapt and refresh. As is customary, personalising your CV to meet specific job advertisements is the most effective strategy to catch an employer’s attention.
However, in the case of remote roles, this involves tailoring your skillset to reflect those all-important remote skills, as well as emphasising the aforementioned key stats and accomplishments. As a result, ensure that any newly acquired remote skills, achievements, or tools are prominently displayed at the top of your CV.
So what’s the best way to format your resume?
The core of your CV will be based on your current and past employment — it’s where the reader will spend most of their time. One crucial thing to make sure here is to get the layout of this sector tidy and well-organized. Listing the information in a frenzied way doesn’t help the hiring manager engage with it.
A good way to make your previous/current employment section readable is to start with your most recent job first and on in the descending order. Similar to the top of your CV, you need to include the dates of your employment, job title, the company name, the location you were based, and a one-line summary about the company.
Including a short summary/outline of the role in your resume is also recommandable. Make sure you write about quantified results in your role, not just buzzwords. With your potential employer wanting to understand your previous roles in more detail, bullet points your key responsibilities followed by any achievements and/or projects that you have excelled in. For instance, if you work in the commercial industry, highlight your previous performance against targets. For project-based positions, highlight achievements against budget and timescales.” says Harley Lorence, Managing Director of MRL Consulting group.
Lorence says that on a resume, only two things stand out to him as a technology recruiter; “the candidate’s previous work experience, including the length of time spent at each company, and the key software languages used, which demonstrate your technical skill level in your field.”
Tip #6: Go the extra mile in preparing for your remote interviews
Most companies will use remote hiring practices when hiring for remote positions. As a result, you must be prepared to participate in video interviews. Because you can do your interview from any location, choose one that is suitable for a professional interview.
Make sure the area is well-lit, quiet, and clear of clutter or distracting sights that could interfere with the interview. Make sure your gadgets are in good working order by double-checking them:
- Clean the lens of your camera.
- The microphone on your laptop or computer should pick up audio without issue.
- Set the volume to as clear as you are comfortable.
- Download and familiarise yourself with the application you intend to use for the interview.
Have a notes sheet to hand to assist you through the interview. This could be highlights of your most relevant experience, key pieces of information about the employer you’re interviewing with, and some questions to ask.
You should look presentable even if you are being interviewed from the comfort of your home. How to dress for a remote job interview is the same as in in-person interviews.
It’s tempting to dress only for the section that will be seen by the interviewer, but it’s best to wear it completely. Dressing up for the interview might make you feel more at ease, develop confidence, and get in the zone.
Tip #7: Show that you’re tech-savvy
One of the most important aspects of working remotely is being tech-savvy. The more proficient you are with a computer and software that allows you to work from home, the more likely you will find remote work. Unfortunately, you can’t do today’s remote work by email.
Communication skills are also crucial, and you’ll want to demonstrate them on your CV and during the interview. List relevant education and skills, and don’t forget to include your technical abilities. These will aid hiring managers in determining which individuals are best suited for a remote work contract.
If you’re not sure about the competencies you’ll need as a remote worker, start by brushing up on the following basics:
- Video Communication: Video conferencing is a method of communicating via video. Face-to-face interactions are often essential to the success of large-scale remote projects.
- Office Kit – there’s a strong chance you’ll need to know at least one of the three in your job, whether it’s Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. It is preferable to become acquainted with them sooner rather than later.
- Tasks and project management tools: Project Management Tools like Trello, Asana, and Basecamp are often used for efficient coworking in a remote work environment.
- Virtual Collaboration tools: Because remote businesses lack a centralised office, you’ll communicate with your team members via tools such as Skype, Slack, Zoom, and email.
Tip #8: Send thank-you notes to recruiters and interviewers
Always thank the recruiters who interviewed you for the remote job you applied for with a thank you note.
Here’s a sample template:
Tip #9: Follow up politely if you don’t hear anything
Suppose you haven’t heard from the hiring manager after one week. In that case, it’s customary to send a polite follow-up letter stating that you’re still interested in the position and would like to know if there have been any updates on the remote hiring process.
Here’s a sample template:
Tip #10: Accept your remote job offer!
Yay, you did it! You succeeded in finding a remote job. You made it through the final phases of the interview process, and the employer made you an offer. Phew, the hard part is over, right? Not exactly. You still have one thing crucially important left — accept the job.
But before accepting and giving notice to your current company, remember to negotiate your offer and make sure it is a suitable fit for you.
Wrapping Up – Key Takeaways on Finding a Remote Job
Finding a remote job can be challenging — many people say it’s a full-time job in and of itself. However, there are a few tactics that will catch a hiring manager’s attention.
While effective tips and hacks were discussed in this article, all the advice boils down to these 3 key elements to make you succeed in landing a remote job:
- Your unique competence: Having special abilities or qualifications is key to standing out among the competitors and other job candidates.
- Effective Demonstration: Having great qualifications alone isn’t enough. But what matters next is how to let the hiring manager know you are special enough among a pile of other hundreds of job applications he/she received.
- Networking: You might think this isn’t fair. However, it’s the world and reality that the hiring manager should favor someone that he/she knows more than other strangers. Then now what? Adjust yourself to the rules of the game and start to build your network in your target industry. (LinkedIn !!)
Best luck with landing the remote job of your dreams!
P.S. You may be also interested in checking out Top 10 Highest Paying Remote Jobs in 2022
MRL Consulting Group
MRL Consulting Group is the longest-standing global semiconductor recruitment company in the world. Operating across EMEA, DACH, APAC and the Americas, MRL understands the complex requirements of this specialist market and has been trusted by the biggest tech names in the world for over 25 years.