One of the most common complaints revolving remote work found online is that it's hard to find a job without prior remote work experience. This struggle to find your first remote job is normal, and many people experience the same frustrations. Since remote work is highly based on trust and worker confidence, it can be hard to convince a company to take a chance on you if you've never worked remotely before - how will they know you're up to the task?
Today we are here to bust the myths surrounding finding entry-level remote work without prior experience, and to show you the right way to find your own:
Yes, Entry-Level Remote Jobs Are Out There
We see this raised online all the time. "How do I find a job without experience? There are no entry-level jobs out there that let you work from home!" Don't let those broadcasting this message discourage or convince you in any way. Entry-level remote jobs DO exist out there and it is possible to land one without prior experience - it might just take a little longer.
The key to finding an entry-level remote job of your own really is part patience and part preparation - finding a remote job can take longer than it does to find normal office jobs, but the payoff can be so much more rewarding.
Why Finding A Remote Job Can Take So Long
A lot of remote work is based around trust; remote companies largely prefer to take on people who have worked remotely in some capacity before because they can trust that these people know the basic tenets of remote work well and will perform how they are expected to. This doesn't mean however that these companies are unwilling to hire those without experience - you might just need to work a little harder to prove you can be trusted in the same way.
How to Differentiate Yourself With No Remote Experience
There are several things you can do to overcome the roadblocks on the way to finding an entry-level remote job.
1. Get your CV looking sharp. We've said it before and we'll say it again - a normal CV made for the corporate or traditional work industry won't be suitable for applying to remote jobs. Many of your previous skills can be translated in a way that will be valuable to remote hiring managers, but by skipping this step you scupper your chances.
2. Build up a portfolio. If you're planning to apply for a remote job, a portfolio of work can give companies a great indicator of the level of your skills and your personal drive. If you want to become a content writer in a certain field, create up to 5 different types of content within that scope. If you're a programmer, take on a personal coding project. Along with your CV, this will be like a show of trust to remote hiring managers.
3. Do courses, but only if they bring real value. Anyone and their uncle can launch an online course nowadays, and not all of them will give you skills that companies are looking for. If you do plan to do courses to expand your skills, make sure to go through an accredited website like Coursera or Udemy, and to look only for the options that were best reviewed.
4. Expect to knock on a lot of virtual doors. Finding a remote job takes time, and finding an entry-level one is no different. A big part of remote job-hunting is about being patient and trying different avenues to reach that end goal you have in mind.
5. Really read remote listings. If you aren't sure where to start, look for a remote listing in some of the fields you are interested in. Check what the role specifications are, which skills they are looking for and what level of education, and then use the information to guide your skill-improvement efforts.
6. Networking is the name of the game. A lot of remote jobs are found through networking, and word of mouth. People will suggest old team members and other acquaintances in the field for positions in their companies more often than you think, and your next remote job could be found through someone you know. By joining virtual networking opportunities like online groups, co-working chats, and more, you might be getting skin in the game in an unexpected way.
7. Personality is king. Many entry-level remote jobs will have general requirements regarding necessary skills, but when it comes to the interview stage a good attitude and willingness to learn will be a standout quality that will have hiring managers coming back for more.
8. Know what you are getting into. If you're applying for a remote job, you should research the company and learn more about what you could be walking into, especially for the interview stage of the hiring process. Know what the company's mission is and check what their most recent accomplishments are in their company news section.
By combining all of the steps listed here, your chances of finding a remote job as someone who has never worked remotely before will greatly increase. The rest comes down to perseverance and not letting rejection get you down. If you put in some time and effort, you can become a remote work candidate that companies will come to see the value of.