For many IT professionals, the idea of working remotely holds a lot of appeal. Often, you can choose to work in the comfort of your own home and may have increased flexibility regarding your hours as well. However, applying to a remote position comes with some additional challenges that aren’t necessarily present for office-based jobs. To help you navigate the idiosyncrasies associated with getting one of these positions, here are nine tips to help you land that remote tech job.
We aren’t referring to how quickly you prepare your resume or submit an application, but to how fast you make an impression on the hiring manager. Often, competition for remote positions can be plentiful in comparison to office jobs since people from all around the country (or even the world) are likely to apply. And bigger candidate pool means you need to stand out from the crowd quickly.
Make sure the first few lines of your cover letter and resume will truly speak to the hiring manager, and end ensure the important details are easy to spot if they aren’t contained at the top of these documents. Otherwise, you may end up in the discard pile regardless of what else you have to offer.
Do Your Research
Companies that hire many remote workers likely have a substantial amount of information available online. Do your best to identify who is either receiving your application or will be making the hiring decision, and try to cater your resume and cover letter to them specifically. This helps you speak to them more directly, and may help you land the position.
Create a Strong Cover Letter
As a remote worker, the majority of your communication with management and co-workers will likely be in writing. If your cover letter falls short, it can have the hiring manager wondering if you are the right person for telecommuting.
Make sure you customize the cover letter to the position and spend extra time reviewing it for spelling and grammar errors. Then, if you are applying via email, include the cover letter in the body of the email itself AND add it as an attachment. This way, you make a strong introduction and provide them with a version that is appropriate to print or save.
Explain Your Value
Companies want to know more than what you’ve done; they need to understand what value you’ll bring to their organization. Explain how your experience will apply to the role in a meaningful way and show exactly what you can do for the business. Making the right connection can be the difference between being selected or not.
Whether you are writing a cover letter or covering information in an interview, if you have a story that demonstrates your experience, consider using it. Not only are stories more interesting than simple fact statements, but they also provide a clearer picture of what you have to offer.
There’s a difference between just being brief and being concise. Ultimately, you want to convey your point as efficiently as possible, so remove extraneous details or anything that might appear to be fluff. Finding the right balance can seem tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. Just get to the meat of the matter quickly, but make sure you still thoroughly cover the information being requested.
Avoid Cockiness and Negativity
You have one chance to make a great first impression, but being overly confident about your abilities or exhibiting self-doubt can both backfire equally. If you are truly great, you shouldn’t have to be overt about it. Similarly, disparaging yourself or your current position in any way is an automatic turn-off.
Manage the Details
Everything from the formatting of your resume, language choice in your cover letter, and grammar usage in your LinkedIn profile all make an impression. And failing to get the details in line isn’t going to reflect well on you. Make sure you are presenting yourself in the best light by taking the time to review all of your information for spelling and grammar errors. If you have links or attachments in your profile, confirm they all work properly.
Since written communication is a large part of remote work, you need to show you are capable of using these methods well from the beginning. Otherwise, you might not even get a chance to interview.
Show Your Passion
Remote workers are must motivate themselves to complete tasks in many instances, so the hiring manager needs to feel confident you can do just that. If you are passionate about the work involved, show it! Passionate employees are often more productive and self-motivating, so make sure it is clear you find the opportunity exciting if you want to make the best impression.
If you want to learn more about remote work opportunities, the professionals at The Armada Group can help you explore your options. Contact us to see what is available in your field today.