Remote Jobs is the future of work and right now they can be a lifesaver for you.

If you’ve lost your job because of COVID-19 or were in the midst of job hunting when the pandemic hit, you may be wondering what to do next.

One thing’s for sure: don’t give up on job searching!

As challenging as these times may be, there are more successful ways than one to look for work and today’s guide will help you with that. Here are some remote jobs hunting strategies to use over the next few months:

Prepare For Your Remote Jobs Search

Get clarity on how you work best
Before you begin browsing, a little self-introspection is needed. Take a moment to pause, breathe, and get clarity. Determine your working style, which time zones you work best in, and the specific hours you’re able to work.
Create a list of what you’re looking for in a remote position and highlight your strengths
This will help you pair them with the companies that need those exact skills when it comes to updating your resume.
Update your online presence
Revise your resume, polish your portfolio, and don’t skip out on the cover letter. Create an impeccable CV because you’ll be competing with talent from all over the world.
Pro tip: Highlight your remote skills by making them front and center on both your resume and cover letter. Keep in mind, you should never include skills you don’t have experience in just because you discovered that’s what the job posting is looking for. Do this and you’ll be wasting your time and the hiring manager’s.

Browse the Best Remote Jobs Site

Know where to look
Major job boards like LinkedIn, Monster, and Indeed aren’t focused on remote jobs. You’ll be wasting time weeding through hundreds of in-office positions just to find the one or two remote jobs on there. Work at home jobs found on Craigslist and Facebook are no better; they’re more likely to be total scams.
That’s why you need to get in the habit of browsing employment sites just for remote work opportunities. Sites like Remote Jobs Center will connect you with established companies and new startups that listed fully remote jobs. They’ve been promoting jobs in Engineering, Programming, Customer Support, Marketing, Sales, Contract work, and a whole lot more. Plus, it’s free for job seekers to use!

Use the right keywords when searching

Companies use different words to describe the remote workers they’re hiring.
So one smart trick is to use your normal job title for the search (such as Engineer or Marketer) and then add a remote keyword, such as:
  • Remote
  • Virtual
  • Telecommute
  • Work from home / work-at-home
  • Completely distributed or 100% distributed (which means a company doesn’t have a main office and all employees work remotely)

Apply to positions that match your skills

Rather than “blind-applying” to 100+ jobs, be intentional with your search. You won’t regret it because you’ll be saving yourself time and will get hired faster in the long-run.
Focus on industries that aren’t as affected by COVID-19
Travel, tourism, transportation, and events have taken the biggest hits, but positions in these categories are on the rise:
  • Engineering
  • Customer Success
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Design
  • Writing

Read job postings carefully

98% of job applicants get eliminated at the initial resume screening phase. And that means only the top 2% of candidates move on for an interview[*].
One of the biggest reasons for this bummer is because most candidates don’t take the time to follow the job posting’s instructions for applying or to decode remote job keywords.
When you literally copy and paste the keywords used in the job ad — which explicitly state what the company is looking for — it shows hiring managers, decision-makers, and resume parsing software you have what it takes.
You should always have an updated resume on hand so you only have to make minor tweaks when you want to send one out to companies you’re interested in.

Keep applying

Companies are currently re-evaluating their business strategies and as a result, their hiring processes. But that doesn’t mean you should stop applying.
In an interview with The Muse, Danielle Beauparlant Moser, managing director and executive coach with bltCareers said, “Companies might not be hiring today, because they’re trying to figure out how to do business virtually, but they will be hiring. The people who continue to relationship-build and share their ideas will be in a better position when companies start hiring.”
Certain jobs may be on pause, but that doesn’t mean they won’t open up again in a few months. Keep searching, keep applying, and don’t give up.
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Be prepared for virtual interviews

If employers are asking for in-person interviews, politely ask to switch to a phone or video interview. Almost all interviews for remote positions happen over a video conferencing app like Zoom.
You’ll definitely want to prepare for a remote interview well in advance and not wing it. Some organizations will need more remote workers than they’ve ever had and may need to get them onboarded quickly. A remote interviewer will ask questions about your remote work history, work style, communication preferences, and more.
So prepare a few well-thought-out responses for common remote job interview questions like these:
  • Have you ever worked remotely?
  • Why do you want to work remotely?
  • What makes you a good fit for a remote position?
  • What’s your communication style?
  • What’s a secret you use to avoid distractions?
  • What hours do you normally work?
After your interview, always send a thank you to your interviewer — this goes a long way when you consider how many people don’t do this.

Be patient and follow up

Be thoughtful and considerate. Hiring managers and recruiters already juggle busy schedules, so it’s always important to be considerate of their time. But because of the uncertainty that many leaders are currently facing, your thoughtfulness and consideration will be especially appreciated. Follow up a few times – maybe more than you normally would – but with patience, deliberation, and courtesy.

Establish a Schedule and Routine

Job hunting can feel like a full-time job. It can be hard, challenging, and can lead to depression, overwhelm or burnout. Take care during these precious times. Establishing a routine will help bring some focus and structure to your day. One of our awesome community members, Bricelyn Jones suggests, “Take a break or a few days off if you’re feeling burned out and do something you enjoy (sometimes it’s good to give your efforts time to marinate). Eliminate other areas of noise that cause stress (constant news updates, social media, emails/subscriptions that don’t add value…etc.) Continually remind yourself and/or spend time with others who can remind you that you have value to offer and that it will eventually be recognized.”

Skill Up

Time is a gift! The amount of organizations that have come forward offering free resources has been astonishing. Seize the opportunity and upgrade your skills through sites like CourseraLinkedIn LearningKhan AcademyedX, and many more.

Repeat the Process and Help Others Learn How to Find Remote Jobs

By uniting our efforts and offering a helping hand, we’ll all get through this together. Share your experiences and connect with other job seekers to get and give feedback on your CVs. Know that you’re not alone on your journey.

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