Remote jobs are highly coveted these days as busy Americans try to balance work and family life.
FlexJobs, a job search site focused on telecommuting jobs — including freelance, flexible and part-time opportunities — recently held a webinar to help anyone looking for stay-at-home jobs stand out from the pack.
I listened in and took notes on the tips that representatives from Dell, VIPKID and Hilton discussed.
Top 5 tips to land a work-at-home job
If you’ve been searching for a work-from-home position for a while, you may have seen job postings from these companies, which all made FlexJobs’ annual top 100 list.
Here are the five key takeaways that could help you land a remote job in 2018:
1. Keywords to use and avoid
Finding legitimate work-from-home jobs can be a frustrating task because there are so many scams!
FlexJobs is unlike most job search websites that you’ve probably used since it charges a membership fee starting at $14.95 for a month.
The upside is that it filters out the junk postings — there are only legitimate opportunities.
However, if you’re using other search engines, FlexJobs says avoiding two common phrases will reduce the number of scams you see in the results:
Keywords to avoid
Keywords to use instead
- Remote job
- Distributed team
2. Carefully review job postings for requirements
Let’s say you find a legitimate work-from-home job and are ready to apply. Don’t click submit unless you meet all of the requirements:
- Scheduling: Full-time or part-time? Days, nights or weekends? If the shift is specified in the job posting, make sure that you’ll be available at those times.
- Location: Some 100% virtual jobs are only open to people who live in specific states.
- Technical: Do you have a strong internet connection? It’s a basic requirement for many work-from-home jobs, even those that provide other equipment like a computer and headset.
3. Tailor your resume for a remote job
Before you get to the interview phase, you’ll need to submit a resume. Job seekers who have previous work-at-home experience should feature that prominently on their resume.
Never worked from home? Try to highlight technology you’ve used that applies to remote jobs, for example:
Tools used for effective remote work: video conferencing (Skype, join.me), IM (Slack, Google Chat), new tools adopted on a regular basis
4. Be prepared to explain employment gaps
The representatives from Dell, VIPKID and Hilton said they get a lot of applications from people who are changing careers or returning to the workforce after a break.
To increase your odds of landing the job, here are their top tips:
- Acknowledge the gap: Don’t try to hide the fact that there’s a gap on your resume.
- Don’t discount your experiences during the break: Did you continue your education or volunteer while away from the office? Explain what you did to keep your skills sharp.
- Cast a wide net: Consider opening yourself up to different types of roles.
5. Practice for your video interview
Not taking the interview seriously is the #1 mistake that many job applicants make. Most remote jobs will conduct interviews through a video conference, so you want to make a good first impression.
To prepare, set up your smartphone camera and record yourself to assess how you look and sound.
Now that you’ve learned the tips and tricks from the pros, it’s time to start your job search. FlexJobs’ list of the top 100 companies with remote jobs in 2018 is a good place to start.
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