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How to Write your Resume for Remote Positions 2020

 Covid-19 changed a lot how we live, including how we work. Many people had to work from home. This has made remote work grow like never before. And in a survey by the World Economic Forum, 98 percent of employees said they would like to continue working remotely. 

So, you should be prepared to look for remote positions if you are looking for a job. Part of this is to make the perfect resume to make your profile stand out when applying for remote positions. Here are some tips you can follow. 

How to Write your Resume for Remote Positions

Include your Remote Experience in the Summary

You should consider including a summary in your resume if you don’t have one already. It is generally a section at the top where you make a bulleted list with the things you want to highlight from your resume. You can take advantage of this section and mention your remote experience. If the employer is looking for a remote employee, it will catch his attention and make him read the rest. 

When employers are looking to fill a remote position, they generally look for people with previous experience. It doesn’t mean that you won’t find a job if you have never worked as a remote employee before. But it can be more challenging because there are some skills that you develop when working remotely. 

Have a Separate Section for Remote Positions

If you do have previous experience working remotely, you should make a separate section for this. Don’t squeeze it with the other jobs because the employer may miss it. There you can explain details about each job and what was your role in each company. You can also mention how you added value to your previous positions. 

You can take advantage of this section to let your personal brand shine. What is it that makes you unique? What will you add to the company if they hire you? If you are a web designer, you can have a description like “Improve company’s return by 20 happy customers within six months.” 

If, on the contrary, you don’t have remote experience, you can use the experience you already have to highlight which skills will help you be an excellent remote worker. But you can read more on that below. 

Added it as a Skill

Another option is to add “remote working” into your skills section. It is also a good option if maybe you don’t have enough experience to put it in a separate area. Just mentioning it in your skillset will be enough to catch the employer’s attention. 

Also, you can do a brief description of the other skills you put in this section and explain how you use them when working remotely. For example, if one of your skills is time management, you can mention what calendar you are familiar with. And if one of your interpersonal skills is strong communication, you can explain how you are used to working with a team remotely. 

Include other Skills that Remote Employees Develop

Remote working isn’t for everyone. It requires a certain level of dedication, self-discipline, and organization that not many people have. As mentioned before, some skills you learn when working remotely. You can also learn them on your own, but this is less likely unless you have a personal project that you work on your own time. So, you have to mention the skills that make you a good remote employee.

Another point is that many recruiters nowadays use different software and search mechanisms to sort applicants. This software tends to use keywords to filter resumes. And for remote workers, there are certain keywords that if you put them in your resume, it will make it stand out so the recruiter can see it. 

For example, you should definitely mention skills like self-sufficiency, ability to work independently, strong communication, organization, and time management. And some hard skills could be remote project management tools, any software you are proficient with, and video conferencing tools. 

Add a Customizable Section

A customizable section is something you can change for each job posting. Here you can write about your personal value proposition. This means that you will explain how your profile and skills will add value to the company. If you customize it for each company, it will show you put extra effort into the application and that you are interested in the job.

Also, to do this right, you have to research each company to determine why you will be a good fit and tell them. You should add it at the beginning or even the top of your resume if you don’t have a summary. And make sure to make it as brief as possible. A couple of lines can be enough.

Choose the Right Format

The format for resumes has changed a lot throughout the years. For example, before people used to put their experience in chronological order. But it has become more common now to order them by relevance. And if you have a lot of remote working experience, you can put them first to highlight them. 

It would help if you also chose the correct length to make it attractive for the employer. Sometimes when you have more than one page, the recruiters don’t even look at it. Try to keep it in a one-page format, and only add a second page if you believe the information is relevant enough not to be left out. Beware that it could affect your chances, though. 

An excellent solution for this is to use small font sizes, but make sure it is still readable. And don’t make it look like everything is crammed. Keep margins of at least 1cm to make it appealing to the eye, and use a font type that is legible and makes the page look clean. 

Add Some Personality

Finally, if you added everything like skills, experience, education, or any other section and you still have some space, you can add some personality. You can talk about a little bit about what hobbies and activities you do in your free time. This will help the employer have a background on who you are as a person, and it will be easier for them to create a connection with you.

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