While we’ve all heard, “it’s who you know,” the reality is not everyone has connections that lead them straight to the next, big job. We all know a few people with those types of connections – they literally know a guy or gal for everything. However, that’s not reality for most of us who have a more humble circle of contacts.
So what can you do to boost your job search? The bad news is if you’re seeking a remote job, the odds just got a bit tougher to beat. Why? It’s simple. By setting your sights on landing a remote job, you’ve joined a national, and sometimes international, pool of applicants.
The good news is there are still things you can do to get yourself noticed in today’s competative job market even with a less-than-perfect network.
I literally live by the motto, “It never hurts to ask.” Get yourself out there whether it be on social media, in your small circles, and even among family. Without being pushy, let everyone know you’re looking for a remote job in the XYZ industry. Doing this one thing can significantly increase your chances of finding an awesome remote opportunity. After all, you never know unless you ask. Also, if you’re wanting to increase your inner circle, do it! Join an online networking site such as LinkedIn and start connecting with others.
Search Smarter, Not Harder
Put less energy into searching for jobs and more energy into applying for them. You can do this by visiting only the most reliable sources, dedicated to finding remote job opportunities, and industry-specific sites that post remote jobs. You can also go directly to a specific company’s job board and sign up for email alerts. Finally, apply to as many jobs as your schedule (and sanity) will allow, but focus on only those positions for which you are nearly 100% qualified. Anything less is a waste of your time.
Update Your Resume
Make sure your resume is not only up-to-date but shows potential employers you’re capable of successfully working under little to no supervision. Also, adjust your resume to each job for which you are applying, using as many keywords from the job description (without stretching the truth) and giving an equal amount of attention to the hard and soft skills needed for the job. And, if you truly want to market your skills to the greatest extent, create your very own personal web page using an online platform such as Square Space.
Write a Winning Cover Letter
A clear and concise cover letter can be powerful. Keeping your cover letter to a minimum will not only make the hiring manager smile, but it will also minimize the number of possible errors throughout. Also, do your best to find the name of the person who will be reviewing your entire application and address and send it directly to her or him. And, never put anything in the cover letter that you place in the email, and vice vera.
You might be saying, “But, I’ve done all of these things, and I still can’t seem to land my first online job, let alone an interview. What can I do?” Remember that small beginnings often turn into great things. Finding your dream job with 40 hours per week, a benefits package, and the ability to work wherever you want won’t happen overnight. When starting out, you may have to settle for a part-time or contract gig; however, remember that many successful digital nomads make a fantastic living from freelance work. Still, if a full-time job is what you are searching for, smaller gigs can help you fill your resume with remote experience and references that speak volumes about your work ethic and skills.
And, don’t give up. Landing the remote job of your dreams might take time, but it will be so worth it in the end!
~Shannon, Virtual Professions