Setting a clear goal is the best way to move forward in any life situation. If your target is getting a remote job by the end of the year, the following steps will definitely help you reach your objective without wasting time and energy.
5 step guide to get a remote job in 2021
Have a chat with yourself
Before starting your job search, you need to sit down and consider all the Pros and Cons of this type of work arrangement. Yes, it offers flexibility and freedom, but some statistics and surveys on remote working have also found drawbacks such as loneliness, communication issues and the difficulty to unplug.
Consider what you value most so to better direct your job search and avoid disappointments.
Define your profile
The conversation you just had with yourself should also include an honest skill and motivation assessment. You need to know what you want and why to get it. Also, take time to evaluate if you already possess the competencies required for the remote job of your dreams.
If necessary, take time to uplevel your soft and hard skills: the web is jam-packed with resources you can use to learn new skills or to refine the ones you have. Just to give you an example, have you ever thought about remote volunteering to gain some experience and get closer to your goal?
Showcase your skills and stand out
What you say is important but how you say it is no less relevant.
Forget about standardised CV and template cover letters: if you want to grab a recruiter’s attention you need to create a “bespoke” resume every time you apply for a job. Study the company, its values and mission, read their blog, find out who the founders are, what they believe in and then create a cv that speaks their language.
Be unique, focus on the company’s needs and requirements and show them exactly the skills they are interested in. If you want to work remotely, online meetings might be an important part of your role, so why not include in your application a video presentation? It will show the company not only who you are but that you are at ease in front of a webcam and that your communication skills are outstanding!
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Use the right tools
Your remote job search toolbox should include one or more of the following tools:
- Dedicated job boards: in the last few years, dedicated websites have been mushrooming. However, if you just rely on a generic Google search you will land always on the same ones. What you need to know is that there are dozens of remote job boards where you can find opportunities by industry, roles, location and much more. Select the ones that are good for you and squeeze them like lemons!
- Linkedin: if you know how to get the best out of it, Linkedin is a true goldmine for your remote job search. Take time to improve your profile, use the right keywords and learn how to search for job openings.
- Social media: this might come new to you but nowadays you can find amazing job opportunities on Facebook or Instagram. There are tons of very active and interesting FB groups where you can meet professionals, find job offers and keep up with the latest trends. Be aware that recruiters might check your social media profiles, so make sure you clean them up.
- Networking: never underestimate the power of networking when you are looking for a job. Be it an online event, a Facebook group or a CoWorking Days Community , introduce yourself, ask questions, start a conversation and build connections. You will meet like-minded people, learn about job opportunities and open some doors!
Nail the job interview and follow up
Congratulations! You have been invited to the interview, now what?
Time for some homework:
- Read your resume again and the job description, the interviewer might refer to them,
- Study the company: they will test your knowledge,
- Be prepared to describe your achievements in a short and clear manner,
- Think about some questions you would like to ask, the interview is a two-way situation and your questions will show interest and engagement,
- Be authentic.
Within a day after the interview send a follow-up message. You can include a thank you for the opportunity and maybe a reference to a topic touched during the conversation that made you even more interested in the offer.
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This article has been written by Fabrizia Zanca – Remote Career Coach.
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