3 Tips for Getting Your Next Remote Job
You've decided it’s time to move on and find another company that is attracting tech talent such as yourself. Joining a new company and remote team can be an exciting time, especially if the company is the right fit for you. So, what should you do or keep in mind in advance of finding your next remote job?
Make sure to map out your skills and preferences
It’s really important to find a role that suits you, where your tech talent can shine and you feel fulfilled. Look at your current role or your most recent role and work out which parts of the job you really enjoyed. Make sure to map out your skills and preferences
Take stock of your work and decide what your next role should have and what you want to avoid. It is important that you have a clear vision of your preferences and where you want to go. Ask yourself the questions: What is important for me to find in a new job or what type of challenges/problems would I specifically want to work on solving?
Skill up where needed and research if there are any certifications required for the type of roles you are looking for. Experience counts for a lot, but having documented proof of your skills and talent can mean the difference between hiring you and someone else. Put some thought into what kind of industry you'd like to work in and what type of products you'd like to build. Start browsing for jobs within these areas.
Research the company
Following on from the points above, once you have decided the industry and type of work you want to do, then it’s time to target.
Create a list of companies that fit what you are looking for, in terms of size, product, work environment and industry. Divide them out into tiers starting with the ones you really want to work for to the ones to the ones that you are interested in. Don’t put in any companies that you wouldn't be happy working for.
Start with the top three to five companies that you like and do your research. Find out as much as you can about the company, from who their employees are, how they work, what product they are building, how the roadmap is looking, what the company's vision is and what their current funding situation is. Visit the company's career page to check out their employee handbook (if available) or blog to seek the latest company updates or insights. Make sure to get a proper understanding of the company's current situation, how they are performing and what the future looks like for them.
Use this information to tailor your resume and potential cover letter. You would like to be able to show the hiring manager why you want to work for them, why your profile and skills would be a great fit for them and what kind of value you could bring into the company.
Build a great and structured resume
Your resume needs to stand out from the crowd, which is why you need a solid, professional resume. If in doubt, use a free resume builder, find a template you like and create a smart and informative resume.
A resume builder often has templates that reflect the industry, so you can work with the one that suits you best. On average, recruiters spend just six seconds looking at resumes, so you need to get your core skills and previous impact across as quickly as possible.
Keep in mind that most recruiters or hiring managers are not that interested in the specific tasks you were responsible for doing in your previous roles. They are interested in the impact you've had. Instead of listing responsibilities, list the achievements you've had and show how you made a difference or took some extra responsibility.
Your resume should be clearly structured and should reflect the role that you’re applying for. If the hiring manager wants tech talent with certain skills then include them on your resume. Make sure your contact details are right and include a link to your LinkedIn profile.
If you're applying for a tech role, you should always strive to include a link to your Github or Stackoverflow account, so that the hiring manager can take a look at your previous contributions. If they ask for a portfolio then ensure you include a link to your work.
As well as smartening up your resume, you should also put effort on refreshing your LinkedIn profile so that it matches and even expands your resume. Most hiring managers will turn to Linkedin to find out more about you. Boost your Linkedin profile by getting recommendations from previous colleagues and managers.
Your next steps
Once all of these things are done and thought through, it's time to take use of that resume and start looking for your next adventure.
A good tip to get started is to register your profile on platforms like Nixa.io that can help you find your next job based on your skills and preferences. Your skills and experience are tested and documented ahead of your application so that you can save time, sit back and just wait for relevant job offers to appear in your inbox. You will only be matched with opportunities that fit your profile and the preferences you have shared in advance in terms of role, tech stack, industry or type of company. Your skills and experience are tested and qualified ahead of your applications so that you can have the final interview with the hiring manager.
You could also take a look at job boards for remote work such as:
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