By Beth Bracio Hering —
Increasingly, employers are realizing that the ability to telecommute is a skill in and of itself. Not everyone is qualified, so showcasing a track record of success and remote work experience boosts employment prospects for remote positions.
Ready to weave your past remote work experience into your current resume?
Here are three ways to highlight your remote work experience and talents:
1. State it point blank.
“Previous Employment” entries on a resume typically include the employer’s location as part of the standard information. However, you can slightly shift the setup to make it known that you performed the work remotely.
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 is to separate out home-office jobs into their own “Remote Work Experience” section. Directly seeing a list of other companies that have trusted you to telecommute builds a hiring manager’s confidence.
2. Include it in descriptions.
Good resumes show rather than tell. As you discuss your past job responsibilities, deliberately detail how they were performed off-site.
For instance, an effective presentation of a customer service position might read something like, “Attended to 50+ customer inquiries each day through the company’s website while stationed at a home-based office with a high-speed Internet connection.”
Or for a sales role, perhaps include a statement such as, “Recognized by management as the top performer for the 2016 fiscal year for converting more cold calls into billable accounts than any other remote worker.”
3. Build it into the “Skills” section.
Being a self-starter, an excellent communicator, or an outstanding manager of time are all great qualities to present for an array of jobs. But when the work is being performed remotely, displaying your prowess in certain areas can make the difference between your resume landing an interview call vs. a spot in the rejection pile.
When discussing your skills, look at how they particularly fit into the remote environment. Good 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 remote team. Strong collaborators could talk about using shared documents and daily check-ins to accomplish company goals while working off-site.
Remember, too, that your resume is just the start for presenting yourself as a solid candidate for a remote position. Continue to reinforce your credentials through a tailored cover letter and a stellar interview that lets employers know you’ll be a valuable addition to the staff from any location!
This article was previously posted at FlexJobs November 21, 2017.