How To Put Remote Work On Your Resume?

Luke Fitzpatrick

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Over 4.3 million people in the U.S. work remotely, and that number continues to grow at a phenomenal pace. According to recent statistics, remote work has grown over 159% in that past decade or so.

If you are looking to join the ever-expanding ranks of virtual workers, then this article is for you.

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When writing your resume, you need to take a tailored approach to fit the specific position you are seeking.

This is something that most job seekers already know, but the ones who are most successful at landing their dream jobs are those who take that same tailored approach further by aligning their resume with the current job market trends.

For many job seekers, it means ensuring that you emphasize key skills needed by today's employers who are relying more and more on remote work. For employers like Foundry Printshop hiring a few very well-paid people over a bunch of people who don’t really make that much is a must, meaning your remote working skills matter and will be rewarded if you have the right background.

In this article, we take a look at some vital tips on how to put remote work on your resume.

Be clear on your intention to work remotely

As you well know, the entire work landscape has changed this past year in the wake of the global pandemic. According to Business Insider, 54% of adults in the U.S. want to mainly work remotely after the pandemic.

Remote work is the new way of working, and the situation is most likely going to stay that way post-COVID.

Employers are going to be looking for job applicants with remote experience for future roles. That's why it's important to not only showcase your remote work experience but also to be clear about your desire to work remotely so you can increase your chances of landing the job.

Make sure you quantify the achievements you had while working in a remote position. You can also express that you have the proper remote working set up for a remote position. Including these details on your resume will go a long way toward helping you get the future job you want.

Skills section

There are a number of things you can add to the skills section of your resume to help enhance your chances. For instance, you can list the specific skills necessary for working remotely, such as:

  • Time management: If you have good habits in place for organization, time tracking, and self-management (a.k.a. time management), then make sure your potential employers know about your skills.
  • Communication: Remote working requires that you be familiar with communication tools like webinar tools and collaboration platforms.
  • Self-starter: This is one of the most important traits employers look for in candidates because working remotely means that you must have the discipline to accomplish the tasks required of you in a timely manner.
  • Collaborative: As a remote worker, being able to collaborate with others in your virtual team is extremely important. Make sure your employer knows about your skills in this regard.
  • Certificates: Constantly improving your skills by attending training courses and advancing your knowledge through platforms offering online courses (like those listed here and those found on Problemio) signals the future employer that you strive to constantly develop yourself and are passionate about your career growth.
  • Tech-savvy: If you are experienced using any relevant tech in your industry, be sure to include that information in your resume. This can be anything from coding to using project management tools, and so on.

These are just a few of the critical hard skills required for remote workers, and the more you can list, the easier it will be for you to stand out from other job seekers.

Doing this also allows you to double down when you list that you were a remote employee in other sections of your resume.

Important Note: Keep in mind that “remote work” can also be listed as a skill.

Job location

Remote work experience can be added to the job location on your resume, as in the example below:

Web Manager, Widget, Inc.

Los Angeles, CA [remote]

Or you could format it in a different way, but ensure that you specify your remote experience somewhere in the job location.

Including “remote” as part of your job location is yet another tactic that allows you to call your potential employer’s attention to your remote work experience. Although subtle, it could turn out to be the edge you require to land the remote job you’re eyeing.

Work history

Similarly, remote work experience can also be added to the work history section on your resume, as in the example below:

Private Coach, 2018 - present

  • Provide remote coaching to clients via Skype

Just like the example above, this is subtle, but it can make a huge difference in your resume’s impact.

Remote work section

When it comes to listing remote work on your resume, one of the best things you can do is to add it to a new section created just for showcasing your remote work experience.

In this section, make sure you include remote-specific keywords that will help you get noticed by your potential employers.

Why is this important?

According to ZipJob, over 90% of employers these days use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to automatically look for specific keywords in your resume.

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If those words are not there, it makes it less likely that your application will actually make it to the hiring manager’s desk.

Look for important keywords in the job posting and include those in this new section of your resume. For instance, if the employer refers to remote-specific keywords like "remote", "Google Suite", "Slack", etc. several times in the job posting, then those words are likely to be keywords.

So, in the remote section of your resume, make sure you mention your “Google Suite/Slack experience”, etc.

Furthermore, pay attention to how employers use the keywords and their synonyms. For instance, if they mention "virtual" instead of "remote", use the same word in your resume. If they talk about "detail-oriented", as opposed to "attention to detail", then use the same phrase as well.

Resume summary

Your resume has to have a summary of qualifications and this is yet another prime area to add information about your remote work experience.

Most people put their summary of qualifications right at the top of the resume so that it's the first thing hiring managers see. If you have any remote qualifications to showcase, this is the perfect place to do so.

You can specifically mention any of your remote qualifications in the summary or you can highlight certain remote-specific skills you've acquired that make you a better candidate for the job.

For example:

  • Superb written and verbal communication skills
  • Seven years remote working experience
  • Collaborate with remote team members across various time zones

Align job title

The job title is a great way to bring the focus to your remote work experience, as shown in the example below:

Account Manager | Remote

The Foobar Company, 2012-2020

By formatting your job title in this way, you make it impossible for your would-be employers to miss the fact that you have the required remote experience.

Cover letter

While you’ll want to highlight your ability to work remotely in your resume, you may also want to do it in a cover letter.

Neal Taparia, who runs brain training and gaming site Solitaired, explains, “Candidates who are upfront and talk about their ability to work remotely in their cover letter stand out. We want people who know how to work with remote teams. When they highlight that upfront, they tell us they recognize the importance of that skill set. We always look at their resumes further when we see that.

The bottom line

There is no magic formula when it comes to writing a great remote job resume. You simply need to focus on connecting the dots to help your employer understand how your current skills are exactly what they require for their remote role.

The tips outlined in this article are just a few of the ways you can customize and fine-tune your resume to include your remote work experience. Follow these guidelines when creating or updating your next resume to increase your chances of landing in the "yes" pile.

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