I think we all know it by now, remote jobs don’t operate similar to traditional jobs. Which means your remote job resume shouldn’t be similar to the traditional job resume.
You do need to list down your qualification, but not necessarily draft it the same way. Since your resume is the first thing that your employer will see, it needs to leave an impression.
Remote organizations across the world rely on how well-drafted a remote job resume is before scheduling an interview with the candidate because of two reasons.
First, a resume puts your communication skills to the test. Are you able to convince the employer that you are the best fit for the job role?
Second, it helps the employer understand your background with remote work and whether you will cope in a remote environment.
Over the years, we reviewed hundreds of resumes. Often we reject the candidate based on the resume because we believe they won’t fit in our cultural values.
We do have a few things narrowed down that we look for in resumes. Obviously, we are not always dependent on our 'list' and are open to candidates putting a creative spin on their resumes. But creativity isn’t the only thing in a resume that gets you hired.
But before we jump to that, let me help you understand the type of resumes.
3 Formats for Remote Job Resumes - Which One Is Ideal For You?
Broadly, there are only a couple of things one should include in their resume - Skills, Qualification and experience. But what if you don’t have unique skills? Or lack experience?
In that case, you should format your resume according to what you’re best at! I’ve narrowed it down to three basic formats that will help you get the idea.
This is similar to the basic resume format where you mention everything that the employer needs to know about you. Starting from your educational background to your current organization. This type of resume would include both your skills and experience.
Although this is more popular among the traditional office job resumes, yet it is also popular among freelancers since it provides an overview of a candidate.
For employees getting out of college, or ones who are in between jobs, a skill-based resume is perfect.
This resume highlights and focuses on your skills. Mention the courses you have done, your educational qualification in the field, your personal practical knowledge & growth, the tools you are familiar with, and other additional skills except for the one’s required for the job role.
Ever worked or interned with a huge company? It’s time to show that off! Mention all your previous experience in the field.
Since you’ve done a lot of work in the previous years, it gives you an edge during the first round of screening. But make sure all the information that you mention is relevant to the organization that you are applying for.
If you are applying for a remote job for the first time, mention specific qualities that make you an ideal remote employee. On the other hand, if you have worked remotely, don’t forget to mention your remote work background.
Being organized doesn’t always mean you have everything you need at an arm’s length. But you should know exactly where everything will be when you need it.
If you do not have an organized system in place, it’s going to make a remote job very difficult for you. For instance, you should be able to set boundaries between work and personal life. It can be difficult at first since your office is 5 feet from your bed. But if you work in an organized way, you will be able to maintain that balance.
Here's What you Should Include in Your Resume
To land an interview, you need to tailor your resume according to the organization. You need to communicate your abilities of working in a remote environment through your resume.
Talk About Tools
We all know how much remote workers love tools. And there is nothing that can replace it. Showing the same love for tools in your resume can help you land an interview. Mention the tools you already use and the tools that you’re familiar with.
Don’t forget to mention remote work specific tools as well like Slack, Trello, etc. It assures the employer that you are already familiar with the tools that are being currently used in their remote teams and you can easily adapt to them.
Excellent Written Communication
Remote job resumes are also a way of testing a candidate's written communication skills. Using big and fancy words aren't always the key to good written communication. You just need to use the right words! Make sure you are communicating your message clearly and you’ve used simple and straight language when drafting the resume.
Similarly, your email communication with the HR manager should be excellent without any typos.
Mention Remote Specific Skills
As a remote worker, it is important for your employer to know that you’re self-motivated. Subtly mention your problem-solving skills through your accomplishments and also your collaborative skills of working well with a diverse team.
Communication, time management, and prioritization are some of the other skills that employers look for when hiring remotely. Make sure your resume reflects your abilities for the same.
Match the Tone of the Company
Do a quick background check on the organization you are applying at. Try to understand their organizational culture and draft your resume keeping in mind how work is done there.
For instance, if an organization strongly believes in defining work hours and setting boundaries, mention your abilities to define a timeline for each task and accomplishing it. Remember that you are not mentioning your ability to work beyond the working hours, or working more than required. You need to communicate that you are able to prioritize tasks and manage time to deliver the work within the set working hours.
If you draft your remote resume right, you are definite to land an interview! The next step would be to prepare for it.
Just like resumes, remote job interviews are also different than traditional job interviews. You’re tested on various qualities specific to remote work and in order to ace the interview, you need to prepare for it.
Fortunately, we can help you there too!
Taking notes from The Remote Life’s interview process (and other remote organizations), I’ve listed down the things that most organizations look for when conducting interviews. And with the same expert advice, you can Ace Your Remote Job Interview Very Easily.