Remote work coach, Darren Cronian

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This guide was written by Darren Cronian. Over the last 7 years, he has secured numerous remote jobs and built a successful freelancing business. Frustrated at automated rejections or struggling to find freelance clients? Your remote work coach is here for support.

Thinking back to my first resume, it was appalling, and It is not surprising it took me six months to acquire a remote job. From my mistakes, it’s time to share how to write your resume for remote jobs.

You had to learn from your mistakes because six years ago, there were no remote job coaches or anyone to guide you in the right direction. You’re reading this, so today, you will learn how to write your perfect resume.

This is mentioned further in the article but to stress the point: go for quality over quantity, when it comes applying for remote jobs.

How to Write Your Resume for Remote Jobs in 2021
Highlight remote working skills

Think about the personality traits and skills that a company will be looking for in a remote worker. It’s essential to have good communication skills. Be tech-savvy since all of the work will be completed digitally. Have strong organizational and time management skills, so you build trust in delivering work on time.

This would be included within the skills section of your resume.

Think about what technical skills you have, especially using video conferencing, project management and messaging tools. Most remote companies use apps like Google Docs, Slack, Jira, Teamwork, Asana and Zoom.

Highlighting these skills could increase your chances because the company will be put at ease knowing you have the experience, and will not need to learn.

Don’t have any remote work experience? It’s best not to stress over this because you can spend an hour or two learning the apps mentioned. All of them are free or offer a trial period, so you can register and learn in your own time.

Tailor the resume to the job listing

This cannot be said enough times. Do not use a template email for every remote job you apply for. Instead, have a template but tailor it to the job. Thoroughly go through the job listing and highlight required skills, experience and personality traits. Then make sure you’ve covered it all in the resume.

It stands out when you’re taking the lazy approach to apply for a remote job. 98% of candidates will do the bare minimum to apply for a job because they opt for quantity rather than quality. Stand out amongst your competition.

Highlight previous remote jobs

Within the experience section of your remote job resume, make sure you highlight which jobs were remote. Ideally, you need these to stand out so the recruiter can see you do have experience of working remotely.

Highlight other employable skills

While you should tailor your resume to the remote job, it’s also worth adding in other skills that make you more employable. Being multi-skilled is going to help, and many applicants do not include experience outside of the role they are applying for.

Here’s an example: you’re applying for a customer service role, but you also have sales experience in your last job. Include this because those skills would be valuable, especially if supporting potential customers.

Include keywords within the resume

You will likely be up against hundreds of candidates for the remote job, so it is a very competitive job market. Most, remote companies use software to scan resumes shortlisting the candidates with the required skills and experience.

Read through the job listing and highlight keywords based around experience, skills and personality traits and include them within your resume. Next, include keywords related to the role and industry the company is in.

Completing this task will drastically increase your chances of being shortlisted.

Keep it simple

The resume must be easy to read. While the software might have included you in the interview shortlist, the recruiter will read through your resume. Make sure it is easy to scan. No large paragraphs of text, instead use bullet points.

Do not use crazy fonts, colours and designs as this will distract the reader from getting to know more about your work history and experience.

Avoid graphics, no images, and only keep in the information that is going to help you land the remote job. Do you really need hobbies and interests in the resume? Personally, they add no benefit unless they are linked with the job you are applying for.

How are you going to stand out?

What is the value you bring to the role? How can you stand out amongst your competition, what makes you unique and the best person for the job? You need to document this within the resume, or at least within the cover letter.

What’s next?

Before you submit your resume for the remote job, take a moment to proofread it. Ask a family member or friend to read through it. When you’ve spent so much time on writing your resume, it’s easy to miss obvious grammar and spelling mistakes.

You could use a service like Grammarly to identify any issues.

The final task is to print out the job listing and check it against the resume. Have you included the personality traits needed to be a remote worker? What about your skills, experience and knowledge?

Hopefully, this guide has helped you learn how to write your resume for remote jobs. Good luck out there!

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