Remote jobs don't operate the same way traditional companies operate, which means your resume for remote jobs shouldn’t be the same as a traditional 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 meet-up 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.
Don’t forget to download the remote job resume template below as well.
What to Include
First, let’s look at the elements that you should be sure to include in your remote resume, as again, it often differs from a traditional resume.
Tailor your Resume: Every single resume should be tailored to the specific job you
are applying for. Pull out keywords from the job description and tailor it to the position 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 Instead of Objective. The objective is an outdate model and a summary of qualifications will more easily capture the interest of a potential employer, making them want to continue reading your resume.
Include your LinkedIn Profile and Personal Website; Remove Your Address. Since you’ll be working remotely, your personal address becomes irrelevant. That being said, if you want to work online it’s critical that you have an online presence whether that’s LinkedIn or a personal website.
Focus on your Skills, Stats, and Achievements Instead of Duties. This is a huge mistake that a lot of beginners make. Ultimately your potential employer wants to see what your capable of and what impact you’ve had. Stats and achievements will have much more impact that simply stating your duties.
Let’s look at an example of ‘duty’ focused vs ‘action’ focused. Say you were a server or waitress:
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%
Use Relevant Keywords for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). A lot of remote companies will use something called an applicant tracking system. When you apply for a position and submit it, the ATS will automatically filter applications on a set of criteria before it even gets in front of a human. This is why it’s important to make sure keywords from a job description are also in your resume, otherwise your resume will instantly get filtered out before it even gets to a human.
Be mindful that if you use a tool such as photoshop to design/style a resume, sometimes the ATS won’t be able to pickup keywords due to the design.
Account for Gaps in your Resume. Be honest about resume gaps and instead use that space as an opportunity to focus on what you learned during that time, what you accomplished etc.
Remove "First Jobs" that are not Related to the Position. If you’re applying to be a developer, then your potential employer doesn’t need to know that you once had a paper route years ago. Make sure your work experience is relevant and if it’s not, because say you are switching careers, you can then use a functional resume instead of a chronological resume. This will better focus on your skills, instead of the positions you held.
Include Skills Specific to Remote Work. If you’ve never worked remotely before, that’s ok. It’s more important that you have the skills to work remotely and can communicate those skills on your resume. Just a tip, a lot of remote employers look for the following skills to determine if a candidate is suitable to work remotely. Communication, time management, and prioritization.
Now, let’s look at how you should be styling your remote resume so that you have the highest chance of capturing the attention of a potential employer.
Keep the Most Important/Impactful Information at the Top. People read from top to bottom, left to right, so if you’re not capturing their attention right away at the top, they may not even continue reading down the rest of your resume.
Use a Clean Font. A clean font is something simple and easy to read. An example of a clean font is ‘Ariel’. Imagine having a font that looks like handwriting or is very complex, it makes it more difficult to scan and read. So, stick with clean fonts that can be easily digestible by the eye.
Break up the Content with Headers, Bullet Points etc. Again, as someone is scanning your resume, it should be as easy as possible to digest the information on the page. Instead of having a bunch of text all over a page, break down the content using bolding for certain areas such as job titles, use headers and bullet points to break up information.
Limit the Number of Bullets. As mentioned, use bullet points, but make sure you don’t overdue it. 3-5 should be plenty. Any more than that you’re losing the benefit of bullet points and your resume becomes more busy and overwhelming to the eye.
When you’re crafting a resume for remote jobs, be mindful of your style of writing.
Avoid Using 'I' Too Much. When you overuse the word ‘I’ or start too many sentence with ‘I’, from a psychological standpoint the person reading it will interpret this being all about you and not them. Of course you’re the one apply to the job but at the end of the day it’s about them and how you can add value to them. Here’s an example of how that would work:
ie. 'I managed meetings' vs 'managed meetings'
Match Tone of Company. Some companies are more playful and some are more serious. To really help the employer visualize how you’d be a great fit for the company, your resume should reflect the tone of the company. If they use playful words on the site, don’t be afraid to get a bit playful on your resume.
Write in the Same Tense: If something happened in the past, use past tense, if it’s current use current. Say you had a job from 3 years back you would then use language such as ‘ManagED a team…’ or if you are writing about a current position use, ‘ManagE a team…’.
Be Confident With the Language You Use. No employer will want to hire someone who is unsure of their skills. Employers want to know that you’re the best person for the job so make sure you’re using language that exudes confidence without being overbearing. Let’s look at an example:
Language that doesn't come off as confident includes words such as, 'I think', 'I consider'. You can see right away that it won’t instil much confidence into an employer.
Language that comes across more confident includes words such as 'I am'. This language is more definitive and sure of itself instilling more confidence into your potential employer.
Remember, no one wants to hire someone that can "maybe" "probably" do the task at hand.
This is just the start of how you can prepare your resume for a remote job. If you’re looking for the full support, guidance, and know-how on how to craft the perfect remote resume that coverts, then be sure to join one of our next upcoming WiFly Nomads programs. Apply now to launch into your new remote career where you have the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere in the world.
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