Remote working has existed for years, but the popularity of such a career path is only now starting to boom.
As people stay at home to avoid COVID-19, workers and employers are turning to remote work to sustain their income or businesses.
Here’s 6 ways to get ahead when applying for remote working roles in 2021:
1. Audit Your Online Profile
It’s time to potentially change your social media habits and audit your online profile to make yourself more attractive to employers. We’d suggest switching your Facebook to private. But make anything that is public portray you in a positive light. Consider having your profile picture one of you looking professional – and employable.
Your Twitter should also be clean and tailored to the image you want the world to see. Try to appear politically neutral, friendly and studious – even if you’re not! Employers will look at your public social pages, so make sure they like what they see.
Also, join LinkedIn and build your network. This social media site is a huge help to remote workers. You can follow and approach employers and they can do the same to you. Chase testimonials from former workplaces and colleagues too. This way, employers can see your skills and experience.
2. Target Relevant Roles
With the pandemic still raging around the world, more people are working from home than ever before. This means remote workers have more competition, something that is likely to continue after the pandemic too. Especially now that the world has seen the value of remote work. The answer is to do everything in your power to stand out.
This means focusing on the skills that make you unique. Just like any job hunt, your experience, skills and qualifications are essential. Identify what you can bring to the table that others can’t. Then put all your effort into applying for these roles suited to you. Chances are you’re the person they’re looking for.
3. Demonstrate Remote Competence
To be a valuable remote worker, you need to show employers that you know what you’re doing. Make sure that you know the terminology, software, and trends associated with remote working. For example, make sure you have popular remote working systems like Asana, Slack, Monday and Zoom already installed on your computer.
Better yet, make sure the employers know you have them. This will help immeasurably, as it shows you’re used to remote working and understand how it functions. This software is free to download, so make sure you’re familiar with it. Each of the above systems will become increasingly popular and well known in the next few years. Many companies already use it.
4. Have A Suitable Workspace
Nobody is saying you need to splash out on a state-of-the-art home office. But make sure there is somewhere you can go in your home when you need to be productive. Your employers may include this as a requirement for your application.
Even if you plan to do your work on your sofa in your PJs, make sure the option of a quiet workplace exists. You’ll probably use it more than you expect, and it shows commitment to the remote working way of life.
5. Consider Freelance Work
One of the benefits of remote working is taking on multiple freelance gigs instead of putting all your eggs in one basket. This allows you to see which role suits you best, then increase your hours over time as your relationship develops.
It’s a great way to earn an income and hone your skills. It also provides valuable experience which makes you more employable. This gives you more options when it comes to finding remote work and helps you understand exactly what employers are looking for.
6. Emulate The Best
Research what it takes to succeed as a remote worker. Look and listen to the experts; what was their journey, and what are they doing now? How can you apply these lessons to your own career?
Many people have successfully transitioned to remote work, either as a self-employed freelancer or as a full-time employee of one company. Examine what they did and how they did it, then follow their path – but your own way.