Does the idea of working from home sound too good to be true? While working remotely is totally doable in today’s world, landing the right job is not as easy as it sounds. With the right tools and information, you can get hired to work from home.
Melanie Pinola writes that “although remote work is becoming more popular…it’s still not the norm, and competition for these positions is fierce. According to a survey, the option to telecommute ranks as high as or even higher than health benefits on job applicants’ wish lists. However, it takes two years on average to get a position that allows for remote work.”.
Here are five things to keep in mind when seeking to get hired for a work from home job.
The work from home job market is competitive, but I’ve put together some tips to help you be prepared and get hired to work from home.
Before sending your resume out to every company that might offer a remote career, it’s a good idea to take some time to prepare yourself for the competitive remote job market.
- Watch for scams
Bottom Line reports that there are roughly 60 “work from home” job scams online for each real opportunity. Steer clear of non-regulated job boards like Craigslist, and focus on reputable boards like flexjobs and jobspresso.
- Develop your skills
Before you send your resume out, make sure you have spent time developing your marketable skills. These can be job-specific skills such as web-development or graphic design, or they can be basic, but important skills like communication and organization. Be prepared to convey these skills well to your potential employers in the resume and interview process. Being able to present your marketable skills is essential to get hired for a remote position.
- Study the company
Employers do not have the time to consider one-size-fits-all resumes. If you are going to put forth the effort to submit a resume to a company, study the company. Make sure you know what they are about and be confident you would be a good asset to their team.
Once you are familiar with a company, you can better adjust your resume to appeal to that specific employer. You do not want to waste your time or their’s by haphazardly applying to companies that are not a fit. A specified and individualized resume is the first step to get hired in any position.
- Show an interest in the position
Make sure you are applying for positions you are actually interested in. Express to the employer that you are interested in the position and would be a great fit, not just that you want to work remotely.
The fact that you want to work from home to spend more time with your family is irrelevant to the employer and the company. What’s in it for them? Why should they choose you for this position above all the other applicants? What will you bring to the table to benefit the company if you get hired?
- Be a great communicator
Succeeding in a remote position requires excellent communication skills. Since in-person communication with co-workers, managers, and clients is not always possible, employees need to be proficient in communicating via a variety of mediums. Written and verbal communication skills are necessary and invaluable.
You can do it.
The benefits to working remotely are numerous. Freedom, flexibility, and the ability to work in your p.j.’s make work-from-home positions incredibly coveted.
Spend time polishing your skills and resume to present the best, marketable version of you to potential employers.
Best of Luck to You!