The pandemic-driven quarantine was proof that business can go on when operated remotely. The job-application process exemplifies the “new normal,” and sets the stage for the future of a post-pandemic world where commuting isn’t neccessary. As many employers have yet to return to their physical office spaces and fear another shutdown, job listing increase for at-home support staff. The #RemoteWork Queen predicts an increase and a trend towards entry-level workers opting for remote work. Not only does she believe this is possible, she shares tips on how-to excel at it.
Seek entry level positions at Remote First companies — What I mean by “remote-first” companies are companies for which a remote workforce is one of their core values, it’s the way they’ve always worked, or they’ve fully matured into a remote workforce. The reason I specified these companies is that they will already have an infrastructure in place to help you thrive and grow your career in a remote environment. Many of those companies have the same positions you’re seeking at traditional companies, just fully remote.
Play up ALL of your experience — People often downplay their skills and experience because it doesn’t come packaged the exact same way it’s being asked for in the job posting. The job posting is calling for project management experience and because you’ve never had the title project manager you assume you aren’t qualified. However, you were the Director of a student program and organized a campus event to raise money for a cause. You were a project manager! You planned the event, you set deadlines, you assigned tasks, you led meetings to review the status, etc. You weren’t officially labeled a project manager, but you were a project manager. You can highlight all of the relevant experience you have even if the title doesn’t match.
Get Certifications to boost your profile — Certifications happen to be a great way to make you more marketable and, at times, can make up for a lack of experience. We live in a time where you can get certifications and training easily, and sometimes for free, from the world’s most reputable companies like Google, Facebook, Etc. Consider getting certifications in the area you want to work in to add an extra boost to your resume.
Consider a part-time remote job or even freelance work — Working Part-Time is a great way to “break into” remote work and get some remote experience under your belt. My first remote job was a part-time job. It’s a great way to earn some extra money, but also to start establishing yourself at a company you may want to work for full-time or grow into other roles with. Freelancing is another way to do some work on the side but also to build your remote experience. Every time you complete a small project for someone as a freelancer, you’re adding to the skills and experience for your resume.
For more from the Remote-Work Expert, The #RemoteWork Queen, Libryia Jones, visit LibryiaJones.com/linkinbio!