An Ultimate Guide to Writing a Remote-Friendly Resume

Remote work is becoming very popular for reasons such as flexible work schedule, zero commute, and a better work-life balance. We are living in a digital age that has made it possible for people to work from anywhere and kick their cubicle to the curb!

If you are looking for a remote position, then one of the first steps you have to take towards landing a job is to create a resume that’s remote-friendly.

A resume is not just a document that lists your skills and accomplishments but serves as a marketing tool that helps you demonstrate to the employer that you are the right person for the job.

RESUME – NOT A “ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL” DOCUMENT

Since every job you apply to is different from each other, crafting a unique resume for every job application is very important.

Your resume can not be a “One-Size-Fits-All” document. Every applicant should tailor their resume according to the job description – sending a generic resume to every employer just won’t work!

HOW IS A REMOTE WORK RESUME DIFFERENT FROM A REGULAR ONE?

Some commonalities between a traditional resume and a remote resume are sections such as-

  • PERSONAL PROFILE
  • WORK EXPERIENCE
  • EDUCATION
  • SKILLS
  • CERTIFICATIONS
  • PUBLICATIONS/AWARDS

Additionally, in a remote resume, you must include specific tools and skills that show the employer that you are well-equipped and ready to take on a virtual position.

HOW DO YOU SAY YOU WORK REMOTELY ON A RESUME?

When employers are hiring for a flexible/remote position, they are looking for applicants who have had some prior experience working remotely. So you must find a way to include your remote work experience in your existing resume format.

You can do this by adding relevant remote work information in the following sections –

PERSONAL PROFILE

A good personal profile statement in your resume can make your application stand out. Your personal profile should ideally sit just under your name and contact details. Consider this as an introduction to you, who you are, what skills you possess, and what you can offer the employer.

This would be a great place to spotlight your previous remote work and tip-off employers that you have the necessary remote work skills.

WORK EXPERIENCE

If you have had a prior freelance experience, then this is a good place to mention that you’ve worked independently in the past.

If you’ve had more than one client, then you can present your job title like this –

Graphic Designer, Freelance.

Company A

Company B

Company C

By mentioning the word “Freelance”, you are making it very clear to the hiring manager that you’ve had remote work experience before and are a good candidate for the job.

SKILLS SECTION

Few skills that are key to working remotely are self-motivation, time management, discipline, strong communication, and being tech-savvy. It’s a good idea to include these under your skills section to demonstrate that you are aware of what it takes to work efficiently from home.

Instead of listing these skills as bullet points, try to include how you have applied these skills in your previous jobs – whether they were remote or office-based roles.

TAILORING YOUR REMOTE RESUME TO THE JOB DESCRIPTION

Creating a unique resume that is tailored to the job description is the best and fastest way to land a job interview.

Some recruiters receive up to 250 resumes a day, and to get noticed, you have to optimize your resume – aka tailor your resume to the job you are applying to.

When you apply for a job online, your resume going through the Application Tracking System (ATS) which scans your resume and looks for job-specific keywords. If your resume does not have these keywords, you automatically fall into the rejection pile, no matter how skilled and experienced you are.

To avoid this, tailor your resume to the job description using ATS-friendly keywords.

An easy way to do this is to look at the job description and make a note of important words that come under these sections-

  • DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • QUALIFICATIONS
  • REQUIREMENTS

Once you’ve done that, incorporate these keywords into your resume.

NOTE: Keyword stuffing in your resume is not recommended, please add keywords that are relevant to your skill and experience.

For a remote resume, check the job description for remote-job specific keywords and add them to your resume to make it ATS optimized.

WHAT QUALITIES DO EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR IN REMOTE WORKERS?

When it comes to remote or flexible work, the hiring manager wants to know if you can handle remote work and can deliver results that are equal or of greater value than if you were working onsite.

There are plenty of remote work tools that help you perform well in a remote work environment. Digital communication tools such as Google Hangouts, Zoom, Trello, and Asana are standard platforms used by remote workers and employers expect you to know this when you apply for a remote job.

By mentioning your experience with some remote work tools, you will make your resume remote-friendly and make it optimized for ATS as well!

Apart from this, employers also expect you to be proactive, trustworthy, and highly disciplined for a remote working job. Be sure to mention these personal traits in your resume.

RESUME DESIGN

A recruiter spends an average of between 6 and 15 seconds reading your resume. Considering this, you should restrict your resume length to 2 pages. If it’s too long and wordy, the recruiter will ignore it – simply because of the sheer volume of resumes they have to go through in a day!

A succinct resume that is easy to read and designed aesthetically has a greater chance of getting noticed by recruiters. With the use of digital designing tools such as Canva, you can create a stunning resume easily. You can choose from many templates available and customize it for every job you apply.

REMOTE WORK – THE NEW NORM

Remote work has scaled due to the global pandemic and a lot of companies are gradually accepting remote work as the “new norm”.

If you’ve been thinking about transitioning to a remote job, then this is the best time to get your resume out!

Author: Sneha Sadasivan



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