The pandemic has brought offices to work with people looking for remote jobs and projects. Remote work is good without the regular limiting 9 to 5 work timing and the regular commuting to work. However, while the flexible schedule is a huge benefit for most of the people, remote work is only one such opportunity to develop a meaningful career.
Remote Job Search
There’s just one difficulty: how does one get a suitable remote job when they are competing for a single role alongside hundreds of applicants? It is by minute changes to the way one approaches the remote job search that will help them stand out among all applicants.
To get selected and noticed for the remote job, one should avoid the following mistakes:
Remote Job Search Mistakes
Sacrificing the quality for quantity
It is very tempting to submit the CV to every opening that is remote and fits the experience criteria. However, this method results in low-quality applications that don’t get noticed by the best. Always determine the primary criteria required in a remote job and focus on that to send suitable applications to that vacancy. This also happens when one pursues different vacancies in a single company. Though it is acceptable to apply for multiple vacancies at the same organization, it is a red flag when the office sees candidates apply for more than four positions. Always focus on experience, qualities and the value one can bring to the organization, the team and communicate that clearly in the application.
Less research before applying
Often applicants don’t look into the company’s profile and social media before sending out applications for the vacancies. One should always dive into a company’s website, blog, or social media accounts to check about the organization. There are many job sites that feature reviews and references of current and former employees of a company. Always check into the company’s culture and the recruiting process to evaluate the decision of the application better. When it comes to research for a remote position, always check the following:
- Does team members work from home on occasions or are expected to be in the office most of the time?
- Will the application be required to stay online during specific windows of time or throughout the day?
- Will the applicant have to track the working hours?
Ignoring the cover letter requirement
Organizations often request a CV and a cover letter from HR department. While CV tells the company the achievements and experience of the applicant, the cover letter highlights the following:
- Why has the candidate applied?
- What will the candidate do for the company in future?
If there is a requirement of a cover letter in an application, then the applicant should send one, as it can be that deal-breaker. Apart from forwarding an incomplete job application, not including a cover letter will also leave the application without the “personal touch” that may help the candidate to stand out. An absence of cover letter will also send the message that a candidate hasn’t spent time at all learning about the organization they are applying for. Though this might not be the case, an organization may question the candidate’s commitment to the company. Cover letters aren’t just a tool for understanding the candidate; it also helps the companies have a sense of the candidate’s written communication skills.