At a time when job seekers are in the driver’s seat, the demand for remote and flexible jobs is on the rise. In fact, remote and hybrid jobs are now attracting seven times more applicants than in-office roles, according to new research from CareerBuilder.
With more employees actively re-evaluating their current jobs and considering a professional switch, the possibility of entering a fully-remote role is an exciting prospect for a decent portion of job seekers. Many are even limiting their job hunts to exclusively remote opportunities.
Sloane Bartley, Associate Recruiter at Vaco in Nashville, has some valuable insights for job seekers who are eyeing the remote-only route. Here are her top things to consider if you’re a job seeker looking for remote opportunities.
Before you apply for remote jobs and begin the interview process
Be prepared to communicate the strategies and/or qualities you possess that make you a productive remote employee. If you have previously worked in a remote position, you should showcase that experience on your resume and in interviews.
When you’re applying to remote roles, you typically can apply to companies located anywhere; therefore, it’s important to consider what time zone the role is located in. If you live on the west coast, are you okay with waking up two hours earlier than your teammates on the east coast?
Some companies will want you to be available and online during their work hours, which may not be convenient when translated to your own time zone. Other companies may offer more flexibility and only require you to be available during key meetings. Think about the type of environment you want for yourself long-term, and weigh your own expectations against the company’s policies for remote workers.
During the interview process
Once you’ve been invited to interview for a remote role, there are a few things to consider as you navigate your interactions with potential employers.
Pay attention to interview times
Speaking of time zones, pay close attention to time zone adjustments when scheduling interviews. One rule of thumb is to use the company’s time zone if it differs from yours. Once the interview or call is scheduled, double-check that it’s on your calendar at the correct time.
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Determine the company’s remote work priorities
While interviewing with companies, try to get a sense of each one’s approach to supporting their remote workforce. Determine whether the company prioritizes a remote-first work culture or if their remote practice is reactive to the pandemic. Remember: some companies know how to do remote work well. Others don’t.
If collaboration and engagement is important to you, ask any potential employer about their approach to team-building with remote employees. This is especially crucial if they have a brick-and-mortar office where a good portion of their team works full- or part-time.
Here are some other questions to ask once you’re further along in the interview process:
• Will remote employees be treated any differently than in-person employees?
• Does working remotely at this company preclude me from opportunities that I would have if I was in the office?
If you’re going to be working remotely full-time, it might be important for you to know how the company will ensure you have the resources and tools you need to do your job from home.
Consider these questions: Do they provide a stipend for you to purchase a desk, desk chair, or other office supplies so you can work effectively at home? Do they cover the cost of the internet you need to do your job from home? If those are deal breakers for you, you will want to have these answers long before taking a job.
Additional insights to gather during a remote job search
If you’re considering a remote position, it’s highly beneficial to work with a recruiter that specializes in that particular job type. Vaco and select other recruiting firms have specific divisions designated to assisting job seekers with exclusively remote roles. Specialized recruiting firms have access to countless remote job openings nationwide, and they can help guide you through the process of finding the right remote position for you.
Even if you aren’t ready to work with a recruiter or begin applying to remote roles just yet, you can follow accounts on LinkedIn and other social media platforms that put out helpful advice for the job search. For example, Taylor Desseyn, Managing Director at Vaco in Nashville, is a content creator specifically for remote job seekers.
Remote work is all the rage right now, but it’s important to consider every aspect of joining the remote workforce full-time. There are tons of benefits to being remote, but it’s also important to determine if a remote opportunity truly aligns with your workplace motivators and desires for work-life balance.
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