— May 5, 2018
Showcasing Remote Work on Your Resume
In today’s age of increased technology, employers are realizing that telecommuting and remote work is becoming more acceptable. However, not all candidates are qualified to work in such an independent manner, so showcasing a track record of success and remote work experience will significantly increase your employment prospects for remote positions.
They are a few ways to best highlight your remote work experience and talents. In your employment history section, instead of listing your home city and state next to the company name you worked for, it is recommended that you use the term “Remote” where the city and state would go. Lavie Margolin, author of Mastering the Job Interview, suggests using one of these three ways:
List the organization’s corporate location when using a city/state format but note that the work is performed remotely in the first sentence.
Skip city/state in the formatting and note that it is work that is performed remotely in the first sentence.
List “Remote Work” in place of city/state.
Another option would be to separate out home-office jobs into their own “Remote Work Experience” category. Directly seeing a list of other companies that have trusted you to telecommute builds a hiring manager’s confidence.
You should also include your remote work experiences in the descriptions of your job. Good resumes show rather than tell. As you discuss your past job responsibilities, detail how they were performed off-site. For example, an effective presentation of a customer service position might read something like, “Responded to 75+ client inquiries daily through the company’s website while stationed at a home-based office with a high-speed Internet connection.” For a sales role, you can include a bullet point such as, “Recognized by leadership as the top performer for the 2018 fiscal year for converting more cold calls into billable accounts than any other remote worker.”
Another good idea for highlighting your remote work could be to include it in the Skills Section. Being a self-starter, an excellent communicator, or an outstanding time manager are all good skills to present for an array of jobs. However, when work is being performed remotely, displaying your expertise in certain areas can make the difference between your resume landing an interview.
When discussing your skills, look at how they particularly fit into the remote environment. Exemplary communicators, for instance, may want to mention their comfort using video conferencing, chat platforms, and instant messaging to stay in touch with others on the team. Solid collaborators could discuss using shared documents and daily check-ins to accomplish company goals while working offsite.
Remember, your resume is the starting point for presenting yourself as a solid candidate for a telecommuting role. Continue to reinforce your background through a tailored cover letter and a stellar interview that lets employers know you will be a valuable addition to the team from any location.