For professionals without previous remote work experience.
Remote work is the new wave of the modern workplace. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there‘s been an increased demand for remote workers, with many people expressing positive feelings about working from home.
In fact — according to a 2023 HR report — flexibility, improved work-life balance, and an opportunity to work from home are top reasons for finding new work.
So if you’re a seasoned professional without remote experience looking for virtual work, now’s the time to land your dream remote role. But first you’ll need to craft a CV full of essential skills and abilities that highlight how you can successfully make the leap to working from home.
Here are four important features to add to your remote work CV that’ll catch an employer’s attention:
- Your Transferable Remote Work Skills
Showcasing your virtual work skills to prospective employers is a great way to prove your suitability for the role. Even if you’re a professional with tons of experience solely in on-site work, you’ll likely have valuable skills that’ll transfer well in a virtual environment.
For instance, if you work in sales or marketing, try highlighting how your excellent communication and collaboration skills helped you excel in your previous non-remote jobs. Then, explain how these abilities will help you perform well in a work-from-home role.
Also, emphasise your experience / expertise with remote communication and productivity enabling tools such as:
- Google Hangouts
- Slack (Join Grow Remote Online for a safe space to get familiar with this)
- Microsoft Office
- Google Suite
Remember – it is not your experience with specific tools that will get you a job (unless specified as a job requirement) but more whether you can demonstrate your ability to use digital tools in general and learn new ones!
And below are more relevant skills that’ll serve you well in a remote job. If any of these abilities apply to you, add them to your CV so you can stand out from other applicants:
- Time management
- Organisational skills
- Independent problem solving
If you’re still unsure what skills to highlight, take a look at your experience, note the skills you’ve applied in the past years, and then emphasise on your CV how those skills would be helpful in a virtual role.
- A Strong Personal Statement
Your personal statement — a short introduction at the top of your CV’s first page — is typically the first part of your application that employers read. By making a positive impression in your personal statement, you’ll be able to convince the employer that you’re a perfect fit for their open remote job.
In a few sentences, explain why you’re interested in transitioning to a virtual role and how you’ll use your on-site experience to promote growth and solve problems at the organisation you’re applying to.
Also, make sure to mention that you’re a self-starter open to learning new skills at the company so your target employer will know you’ll be able to adapt easily to working in a remote environment.
- Your Contact Information
Remote work involves online communication and networking through email and platforms like LinkedIn, Slack, and Zoom. So if you want to increase your chances of impressing prospective employers, create accounts on relevant platforms and include the profile links in your CV’s contact information section along with your mobile number and email address.
Including these details tells employers you’re comfortable with online communications, tech-savvy, and have a strong professional online presence — all of which are essential qualities to have in a virtual work environment.
Furthermore, if you have a personal website, linking to it in the contact information section of your CV showcases your ability to leverage online resources.
- Your Personal Projects
Because you don’t have remote work experience, some companies may hesitate to hire you for a work-from-home role. But you can convince the hiring manager of your skills in a remote work environment by highlighting experiences with past personal projects. Examples include a:
- video game you developed while at university
- website you created in your spare time
- personal blog you maintain
Mentioning these sorts of projects on your CV shows you can be productive even when working independently.
Additionally, if you took a path around traditional education and all your experience comes from personal projects, remember you will have the opportunity to apply for a remote role by demonstrating your remote work skills & transferrable skills in your application.
Creating an excellent remote work CV for a professional with little or no work-from-home experience may be challenging, but you’ll make your writing process easier by following the tips mentioned above. And if you need a little extra help writing, consider using a CV builder to make the perfect CV and increase your chances of landing your dream remote job.
Aaron Case is a Content Specialist & Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) at CV Genius, where he loves writing CV and cover letter tips that give job seekers a leg up on their competition. When he’s not helping people score their dream jobs, he’s probably watching sports (live when possible, replays when necessary).
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