Competition to land a remote job is fierce, with literally hundreds of people from around the world applying for the same role.
That said, never let this put you off.
Over the last five years, my life has changed for the better, after escaping the office to work remotely. It’s possible to do the same, but it will take patience and determination to succeed. Here are my must-read tips on how to land a remote job.
Stand out and be creative
Let your creative side stand out. Remember, you are not applying for a job locally, where only a few dozen people might apply. Your competition is going to be worldwide, or at least, across your home country.
Think about the role you are applying for and how you can stand out.
Here’s an example.
Let’s pretend you’re applying for a Quality Assurance role.
The job advert states that you will be testing client websites. Find a client the company works with and test their website. Highlight errors and issues in a spreadsheet.
When you send your resume and cover letter, also include a link to the spreadsheet, where they can view the issues you have found.
You will stand out amongst your competition.
Want another example? Okay, no problem!
Let’s pretend you’re applying for a copywriting role.
Browse the company website to highlight content that could be improved to increase sales. Tell the company why you feel it could be improved. Send these suggestions in a document, along with your resume and cover letter.
Smart huh? Yes, this will increase your chances of landing the job. These are just two examples, there are many ways to be creative.
Be an action taker
You will be focusing on applying for jobs on boards like weworkremotely.com and remote.co and that’s fine, but also think about the companies you would love to work for and reach out to them.
Use email or social networks like LinkedIn and Twitter to communicate with HR/Recruitment people within the company.
The time-consuming task is finding the right person to reach out to. It’s going to take some investigational work but will be worth the effort.
Putting yourself out there is going to open up new doors.
You might find yourself in a situation where you’re in the right place, at the right time. Believe me, it’s no fairytale story, this does happen.
Don’t be afraid of reaching out to family and friends on Facebook. Ask if they know of any companies that are looking for people with your skills.
Networking is powerful
Word of mouth and networking works, it just takes time.
Offline or online, think about building a network of people, because this can help progress your career. LinkedIn is super powerful, so start to build relationships with brands, companies and recruiters.
Create a professional-looking profile and attach your resume. Spend 30 minutes a day getting involved in posts, groups and also create your content to showcase your skills.
Write easy to consume content with bullet points, that helps people solve a problem. Make sure you research popular hashtags and include them within your post. In 14 days since joining LinkedIn, a selection of my posts gained over 50,000 views.
Twitter is another social network many people undervalue. It has huge potential for networking if you follow the right people.
Take a look at sites like Facebook Events and Eventbrite to search for business events taking place in your local area. Attend these events and meet new people.
Who knows how useful these people will become in the future.
Networking, without a doubt, opens up more doors.
Build an online precense
Stand out amongst other applicants by having an online presence that showcases your skills and knowledge.
Here’s an example.
You’re a graphic designer and you create logos and graphics. You could include the designs in a portfolio on your website, or within a community like Dribble.
Would you like another example?
Sure, here you are.
Giving the earlier example of a quality assurance tester, create a blog and write about your knowledge of testing SAAS products, apps and websites. Talk about the best practices, review the tools you use.
Here’s another example.
Want to apply for a social media manager job? Write about the topic, and share your thoughts and opinions, on how brands can perform better on social networks. Write about the mistakes brands make, etc.
You don’t have to create a website to showcase your knowledge and skills. You could use a service like Medium to write content. Videos could be uploaded to YouTube and podcasts on Anchor.fm