Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most work turned remote worldwide.
With the introduction of Zoom meetings and everything alike, everyone sent to work from home had to adapt.
Although a hardship for many, it came with its blessings.
If you have been doing work remotely, you gained the opportunity to brush up, or even perfect, your communication and time management skills.
You probably became more tech-savvy and organized.
You can very easily turn your remote work experience into a great selling point on your resume.
Keep reading to find out the best ways!
First, it’s important to find a good place in your resume to mention your remote work in a way that makes sense and goes smoothly with your other experiences.
Where to add remote work on a resume?
You can mention that you gained remote work experience in your professional summary or the accomplishments of your ‘Work Experience’ section. You can also add it to the job title or put it in the ‘Skills’ section. If you have worked remotely a lot, you can even create a new section for it.
Add remote work in the ‘Professional Summary’ section
If you are applying for a remote position or if you have gained significant experience working remotely, you can mention it in your professional summary.
Along with the summarization of your overall achievements, add how long you’ve been working remotely and your main takeaway from it.
Remember to make sure that what you are highlighting is relevant to the job posting.
Remote work in the ‘Professional Summary’ section example
Operations assistant offering more than 5 years of retail experience and 2 years of remote customer service representation focusing on effective communication and relationship-building skills.
Mention remote work in your work experience
You can add that you worked remotely alongside your other work experience achievements.
State that your work was remote and add corresponding accomplishments.
Place remote work in the job title
If you do not have many details to talk about, you can simply add that your work was remote in the job title.
The recruiter will most likely know what responsibilities and skills came along with remote work without you having to specify them.
However, try not to be this vague if your target job is centered on working remotely.
In this case, it would be better to give more specifics.
Add remote work in your ‘Skills’ section
If your resume has a section dedicated to your relevant skills, you can also add remote work here.
Working remotely means you have many valuable digital communication and organization skills that a hiring manager would appreciate.
Remote work in the ‘Skills’ section example
- Financial Analysis
- Data Analysis
- Remote Project Management
- Remote Contract Negotiation
Create a new section titled ‘Remote Work Experience’
If you have previous remote work experience and you notice that the job description is heavily emphasizing remote work, dedicate a new section.
You can title it ‘Remote Work Experience’ and add all your relevant significant achievements there.
‘Remote Work Experience’ section example
Remote Work Experience
Independent Contractor | April 2020 – December 2020
- Performed clerical and administrative tasks remotely.
- Set up and managed electronic filing systems.
- Coordinated with developers and clients via Zoom meetings.
How to put remote work on a resume
Mention previous remote work experience, if you have any. When listing achievements, make sure they are quantifiable. Add the skills acquired from your remote experience. Don’t forget to show your dedication to your remote work, especially if you are applying for a remote position.
Mention previous remote work experience
As stated before, if you are applying to a remote position, it is best to mention previous remote work experience if you have it.
This will show the recruiter that you can adapt to different situations and perform various tasks remotely.
List quantifiable achievements from remote work
Whether it is for your remote or other work experience, using quantities to describe achievements is the best method.
Giving general details or just listing duties does not make you sound like that great of a candidate.
Using quantifiable achievements, however, will put your accomplishments into a perspective that will market your capabilities better.
Especially remotely, where everyone is sort of tasked with the same responsibilities, differentiating yourself by providing numbers or amounts could be the reason for your hiring.
Remote work quantifiable achievements example
Remote Support Engineer
Indigo | Houston, Texas | May 2020 – Jan 2021
- Created over 100 reports of system analysis.
- Managed over 50 primary client accounts
- Provided consultancy to 55 clients.
Add the digital skills you gained through remote work
While adding quantifiable achievements, adding the digital skills that your remote work required, will help your resume shine more.
Remote work requires familiarizing yourself with Zoom, Google Hangouts, Dropbox, etc., all of which are very valuable in the current work environment.
Mention the soft skills you polished or gained from working remotely
Apart from digital skills, working from home needs valuable soft skills such as self-motivation, discipline, adaptability, flexibility, and much more.
Add them to your resume but don’t just list these skills, explain how they helped you complete your work successfully.
Soft skills for remote work example
Remote Office Assistant
Blooms | New Orleans, LA | June 2020 – Present
- Organizing and recording meetings daily with various departments.
- Updating client information databases and entering any other data in real-time.
- Calling clients for reminders of all upcoming appointments.
Show your devotion to striving at remote work
When applying for a remote position, you have to convince the recruiter that you take your work seriously, no matter where you are.
Working from home can be hard for many to maintain focus or motivation, and some are just not skilled technically enough.
Try to incorporate your remote work setup in your resume to truly demonstrate your dedication.
Remote work setup in resume example
Proficient at maximizing computer productivity through high-speed Internet, multiple monitors, and a landline telephone.
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