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How to Get a Remote Job

Introduction

The remote work trend is on the rise, and as more companies are hiring remote workers, it’s important that you know how to find these opportunities in your area. The key is to learn how to search for them—and then ace your interview!

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Remote work is becoming more popular, and you’re not alone if you’re looking for a remote job. In fact, ZipRecruiter, published a report that shows that 60% of job seekers are wanting remote work.

Because of this, many companies are hiring remote workers to cut costs in the workplace. Remote work has become much more common than it used to be. It used to be that if your company had an office, they would expect you to physically come into that office every day. But now with technology as advanced as it is today, people can do their jobs from home or wherever they want.

Research companies that offer remote positions.

Take a look at the company’s website. Check out their work culture and see if it aligns with your own values. Is it apparent from the website that they value remote workers? If so, you might want to consider applying. Look at where they say they offer remote positions, or if they don’t mention it at all—could be a red flag!

Once you’ve narrowed down some potential companies, check out Glassdoor reviews of them to see what current employees have said about them. If there are any negative reviews related to remote work or lack thereof, this could be a sign that it’s not available there (or maybe just not advertised).

Search on the job posting for keywords for remote positions.

Search on the job posting for keywords for remote positions. Some of these may be obvious, such as “telecommute” and “remote work,” but others may not be so obvious. For example, you’ll want to look out for keywords such as “work from home” and “work from anywhere.” You should also search for words like “virtual” or other terms that indicate that the job is open to candidates who aren’t in a physical office space.

Polish your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile to show your remote work.

Your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile are the first things employers will see when they’re considering you for a remote job. Make sure they say that you have the right qualities for remote work:

  • You can work independently and are flexible enough to manage your own time and goals.
  • You know how to communicate effectively with people in person, over email, or through messaging apps like Slack.
  • You can be available when needed without supervision (e.g., in case of an emergency).

Prepare for the interview.

The interview is your chance to sell yourself. Treat it as such.

Be prepared to answer questions about your work style, skills and experience. Your interviewer might ask: “What are some of the projects you’ve worked on in the past?” or “Tell me about a time when you worked on a team with someone who wasn’t also in your department. How was that experience?”

Be prepared to answer questions about communication style and how you manage your time. The interviewer could ask: “How do you prioritize tasks?” or “If there’s an issue with one of our customers, what’s the first thing that would come up for you when considering how best to address it?”

Traits that are needed for Remote work

So what are the traits that can help you find a remote job? FlexJobs.com lists the top traits as communication skills, critical thinking, discipline, decisiveness, time management skills and outside interests. If you have these characteristics and are able to express them in your resume or cover letter when applying to jobs online, then you will increase your chances of success.

Conclusion

In this article, we’ve covered how to get a remote job and what you can do to make your chances of getting hired much better.

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