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Remote or hybrid work used to be accessible for only a select few, but now it’s the work environment that is on everyone’s mind. The “new” idea of work from home jobs offers many benefits to employees employers alike. These pros include lower overhead costs for office space paid by the company and the work/life balance that any professional can appreciate.
These are just a couple of the perks of finding and landing that golden ticket of a flexible, remote, or hybrid schedule job. Now, the real questions is this: in the current job market, how do you find, and claim, that ideal position of your own?
Below are some ideas on how to find that versatile job.
Like any good job hunt, you start at the beginning — by using your trusted job posting sites. Here, you can type in any keywords or phrases that fit what you are looking for in a career. That’ll start you off with what is openly offered in terms of work from home jobs.
Maybe you’ll find you ideal sales or an administrative position that includes the “remote” keyword in the job listing. Perfect! Apply away! Alternatively, some companies might not be keen on advertising such a workplace option. Maybe their business is still determining what direction they are going in, or maybe they have employees working on site and at home, so they don’t have a preference designated for the role. This is when you will have to do some digging.
While reading the job description you might look for the same key phrases you were hoping to find in the title. Keywords like, “remote,” “hybrid,” “flexible,” or “flex scheduling” are the obvious indicators. These could be in either the job description itself or found under “benefits.”
You may also want to look for information regarding any provided technology or equipment. If the descriptions lists a laptop or cellular device, that may be a green light on the remote job front.
You can also explore the company site and background. Though the job may not mention any kind of hybrid schedule, the website might.
The simplest way to discover the remote working options is to ask during the interview process. You can save it for the end of the interview, when you’re asked if there was anything additional you wanted to know. Be sure to pay attention throughout the interview so you can reference any part of the job which may qualify for a remote option.
Now that you have found the job, how do you land it? These tips will help you showcase that your talents aren’t confined to an in-office desk.
Whatever the job is, if it is a flexible or remote position you seek, make sure your resume reflects that. List “flexible,” or, “can adapt in any environment” in your skills section. If you are/were already in a hybrid workspace then lean into that. Your time management skills are always a good thing to highlight, but even more so in a remote setting where you aren’t punching in for the day at a physical location with others. Make sure you’re including these skills and experiences where appropriate.
During the interview, back up what you’ve highlighted on your resume. Mention how efficient you still are outside of the office and outline your method of being productive. Just as you may ask what the day-to-day business is like, bring up your typical workday and how the two parallel one another.
If the job description doesn’t mention anything about the position being remote or having that flex possibility, then further prove your business savviness by exploiting how well you have done remotely in the past. If you were one of the first people in the company to work remotely or on a flex schedule with another department, indicate how you pioneered and prospered.
Explain in your interview how you are still able to connect and work well with your other coworkers when away from the office. Though all working separately, express your passion for wanting and being able to still be part of the team. Suggest some ideas around how to become more involved, even at a distance.
Company culture is important whether you are remote or not, and it is very important to business leaders that this stays intact. Be sure to let your interviewer know you still have a team mentality.
The job market has always been tricky, but don’t lose focus on the role you want. If work from home jobs interest you, keep searching and learning. You can find more tips in our advice section, or get in contact with one of our expert recruitment consultants who can help you in your search.
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