Remote jobs don't operate the same way traditional companies operate, which means your resume for remote jobs will differ from a standard resume. Last week, at one of our online events, we reviewed how to create a resume for remote jobs, and took time to peer-review everyones resume. The virtual meetup was a huge success and during it we uncovered some general tips to keep in mind when creating a resume for remote jobs. Use these tips below as a guideline when creating your resume for remote jobs.
P.S. you can download a remote job resume template below!
What to include
- Tailor your Resume: Every single resume should be tailored to the specific job you are applying for
- Keep it Relevant: You may have done a lot of cool stuff, but if it's not relevant to the job or you can't spin it to make it relevant than scrap it. Remember, the resume just needs enough to get you the interview and during your interview, you can expand upon different aspects of your background
- Include a summary of qualifications
- Include your LinkedIn and personal website (home address isn't as important to include)
- Focus on your skills, stats, and achievements instead of duties
Ie. For a 'Server' position you could say:
- Duty focused: Took customers food and drink orders and served them food
- Action focused: Maintained quality standards in a fast-paced environment
- Action focused: Increased up-sells on orders by 25%
- Be mindful of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) - see www.jobscan.co. This pretty much means that before your resume gets to a person, it goes through a scanning software called Applicant Tracking Systems. They filter applications automatically based on given criteria such as keywords, skills, former employers, years of experience and schools attended etc. The most important this to be aware of are keywords (see next point).
- Use keywords from the job description (again, keeping in mind the ATS). If the software doesn't scan the matched keywords, your resume could be removed before a person even gets to see it
- Account for gaps in your resume (focus on what you learned, what you accomplished etc)
- Remove "first jobs" that aren't related to your career and that happened a long time ago ie. newspaper route, serving etc when you're applying for a developer jobs. You can see these positions aren't related
- Include skills specific to remote work (communication, time management, prioritization etc)
- Keep the most important information at the top
- Use a clean font (ie. an Arial vs Times New Roman)
- Break up the content with headers, bullet points etc
- Limit the number of bullets for each section in the resume
- Avoid the use of 'I' or the repetition of too much 'I'
- ie. 'I managed meetings' vs 'managed meetings'
- Write in the same tense
- Use more confident language
- Ie. Language that doesn't come off as confident includes words such as, 'I think', 'I consider'
- Ie. Language that comes across more confident includes words such as 'I am'
No one wants to hire someone that can "maybe" "probably" do the task at hand.
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