Tristan covers a handful of things you need to do when applying for remote work. While remote work is becoming increasingly popular, it can be difficult to find and competitive to secure. Make sure to pack your patience and give yourself enough time to find the remote position that’s best for you!
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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, let’s talk about finding remote work.
According to a study conducted by Stanford University and the University of Chicago, the outlook on work-from-home for this year and beyond is that 30% of jobs will be hybrid, and 15% will be fully remote moving forward. A recent PEW Research study found that somewhere between 9 to 17% of workers moved away from where their main office was located during the pandemic.
What does all this mean? Well, remote work isn’t going anywhere, and it looks like more and more employees are preferring to work from home. I’ve even seen this in the client base that I’m working with, everyone wants to know how to find remote work. So let’s talk about some things you need to do when applying for remote work.
First, do your research. Currently, there’s this assumption that all employers are moving to remote work, but that isn’t true. Many companies were only working remotely temporarily, and a vast majority of them are trying to move back into the office. You need to make a list of remote-friendly companies/roles in your industry or field. Pay attention to the wording used by companies in job listings. You might notice that companies in your industry or line of work tend to say ‘telecommute’ instead of ‘remote’ or ‘remote’ instead of ‘virtual.’ These subtleties can help focus your search on the best keywords for your particular career goals. Start looking within a 1 – 3 hour radius of where you live. This step is important because, according to FlexJobs, a job site dedicated to flexible and remote work opportunities, 95% of remote postings include a location requirement — even when the position is 100% remote.
Next, you need to tailor your resume toward remote work. It’s important to show employers that you have the organizational skills and time management abilities to work from home. Really hone in on the methods you used to communicate, collaborate, solve problems, and create results in remote environments. If you’ve worked remotely previously, make sure to call that out. Another major quality remote workers need is to be technologically savvy because when you work from home, you are essentially your own tech support, especially if the issue is urgent. Highlighting how you’ve handled tech situations can definitely show you’re a great candidate to work from home.
Lastly, tap into your network. If you’ve been listening to this podcast, it’s no secret to you that 80% of jobs are filled through networking and referrals. So, talk to your network and ask about remote opportunities that they may be aware of. Conduct informational interviews with people and leaders at companies you want to work at to gain information on if they are remote-friendly and what that looks like for them. Leverage LinkedIn to speak to recruiters, get to know them, and discuss the vacancies they’re looking to fill.
While remote work is becoming increasingly popular, it can be difficult to find and competitive to secure. Make sure to pack your patience and give yourself enough time to find the remote position that’s best for you.
This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.