I’ve been working remote since college, and it’s always been my favorite way to get things done. Thanks to the COVID19 pandemic, I’ve been far from alone when it comes to landing remote work.
With more people than ever working from home, it’s important to understand how this work is different from traditional office jobs. Whether you’re looking to land remote work as a freelancer, blogger, or even just a one-off contractor, this is a bit of a transition.
This guest post from Angelo is all about how to land remote work in 2021. The competition has never been more fierce, so pay close attention to his ideas for getting ahead this year and beyond.
Remote work is an emerging trend that’s making waves in the job market. A larger part of the global workforce, especially those with white-collar jobs, finds it more attractive. Its benefits are undeniably good, so it’s understandable why companies and job seekers want in on it.
The setup is different, but the challenges remain the same: finding and landing the job you want. The rise of remote work has its pros and cons for job seekers, and one of the disadvantages it presents is the competition between companies and professionals. The job market’s current landscape will be more challenging for finding remote work more than it ever has.
Ask yourself if joining the work anywhere movement is what you want. If you’re sure, then you’ll need to learn how to get there. This article will help you do that with tips for landing remote work in 2021.
Find Remote Openings Online
Finding openings for remote work is a walk in the park because of the internet. There are tons of recruitment and job boards that advertise all kinds of remote work. Many different industries and companies are offering full-time and part-time positions for a home-based online job.
The key is to find credible, trustworthy, and reliable resource sites where you can find the best job for you. Traditional recruitment sites have filters that you can use to refine your search to find remote work easily. Besides those, there are also websites that exclusively cater to remote work.
Sam’s tip: Upwork is one of my favorite platforms for finding remote gigs, and it’s perfect for beginners. Learn how to stand out on Upwork with my full guide from a pro.
Searching and signing up on those specialized remote work job boards online is useful in narrowing down your search. They also have updated postings and provide you an idea of the demand for particular remote jobs. Here’s a list of sites where you can find your future remote employment.
Like with any other job, you need to create an eye-catching resume to be noticed by employers and ace the job interview. You can do both by understanding what they’re looking for in a remote worker. Fully understanding the criteria they base candidates on is the key to getting them to like you.
The typical qualifications that companies look for are those who enjoy their work. This is crucial because when you’re working from home or a coffee shop, there’s no one else to motivate you but you. You have to be able to self-motivate, and you need to be someone passionate enough to do work regularly.
Make sure to highlight that in your resume and during the interview. Show recruiters that you have what they’re looking for in a remote professional in any little way you can, such as writing and talking about projects you’ve done.
Sharpen Your Skills
It never hurt to hone your skills in terms of seeking a career. It’s a big plus if the recruiters see that you have certifications and skills on your resume.
They love that sort of stuff, especially if the position they’re trying to fill is above entry-level. Showing that you know your stuff and don’t need ongoing direction is what helps you stand out when landing remote work.
Sam’s tip: I’m all about sharpening my skills, and it’s never been easier to do this online! If you don’t have any formal experience (which you definitely don’t need), try taking a few courses on Udemy or on YouTube.
Create a Portfolio
Last but not least, you should also prepare a portfolio of your previous projects. It’s essential, especially if you’re looking for a client’s approval.
Keep in mind that remote work isn’t only available in the corporate world. You can find positions in the gig industry, mostly in advertising or marketing.
All clients appreciate seeing your past work, and this is what builds real-world trust. Because they’re hiring you 100% remote, they want to feel confident that you can deliver on what you say. A portfolio, whether you’re a freelance writer, website developer, or videographer, is how you show clients your past success.
The Future of Remote Work
Doing remote work is a serious and recognized career path; thus, you must be a constant pro at recruitment to land a job. No matter your experience level, you can get started landing a remote position.
Put your best foot forward, and you’ll be starting your remote work in no time. Best of luck on your remote work journey!
About the author
Angelo Castelda is a freelance writer from Asia. Besides writing, he also spends his time traveling and learning about diverse cultures, which opened his heart more to learning and imparting knowledge about ESL.
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