If you're spending weeks applying for remote jobs and getting ghosted you are not alone.
Finding a remote job is a dream that many people around the world share and the struggle to actually find one is another thing they have in common. Since everyone and their best friend, uncle and great-grandma's pet cat want to work online, the competition for a single listing can be intense. In our most recent newsletter, we talked about how long job seekers will spend finding a single listing they are interested in only to get lost in a wave of similar applications.
We know the competition out there is real. Remote work giant Zapier published a report around this time last year showing that for a basic customer service role, only 2% get to the interview stage and a further 0.4% actually get hired. As a team with experience in remote work hiring, D2R can further attest as to why this happens - a single remote listing will see dozens if not hundreds of applicants, many with no relevant experience and touting CVs and cover letters that are unsuitable to the job they are applying for. Beyond these difficulties, it's common to get application emails that look something like this:
"Hi, need a remote job"
Spelling optional, attached files may or may not be included.
These candidates may think that this is getting their names in front of recruiters or hiring departments and getting their foot in the door, but they couldn't be further from right. In the course of reviewing such a large group of applications, these are the very first to go in the "No" pile. Next are those with irrelevant or bad CVs, and only then will candidates move on to the real screening process - the interview. Hiring for remote work is a big challenge, and candidates have to first fulfill a basic list of requirements before the recruiting individual even starts to consider their qualifications and experience. The process becomes even slower when having to filter through extraneous candidates first.
No matter the industry, the basic requirements for remote work candidates are:
- Tech-savviness. While you don't need to be a programmer, you should be comfortable making your way through the technology needed for daily work (communication apps etc).
- Communication. The success of remote work in any project is directly dependent on how good the team is at communicating with each other in an open way.
- Trustworthiness. A lot of remote work is based on trust - trust to do the job to the best of your ability, to take ownership and to safeguard the product or service.
- Independence, time management. Remote work can involve a lot of solo working with little direct supervision and remote workers need to be able to complete their tasks in a timely fashion.
In many ways, this basic list of requirements can be the make or break of a remote worker. After all, you could be the best programmer/project manager/customer service rep on the planet, but if you don't have any of the above you won't bring value to a project and the majority of people wouldn't want to work with you. Don't take that to mean that your CV won't matter. Your CV, cover letter and email communications are your tickets to the interview stage, and you better be sure to show the train conductor a VIP ticket if you plan to walk away as the winner with a remote job.
This is why the remote work hiring process takes so long - applications need to be sorted, CVs reviewed and many facts established before interviews can even start to take place. With a limited supply of remote jobs online, you will have a better go of it by applying only to relevant listings, using an optimized CV and cover letter and making sure your emails are friendly, summarize your info effectively and are checked for spelling issues.
Talent acquisition transformation leader at Intel, Allyn Bailey, spoke at the Remote Work Summit this week, sharing what we can expect for the future of remote work following a global recession. Throughout her career, she has designed, developed, implemented and deployed experiences for potential employees and candidates and she boasts a background of 10 years working remotely herself.
She predicts that bigger organizations will open up to remote work after seeing a reduction in overhead, and the other obvious benefits of letting workers work from home. Bailey further suggests that in the next 5 years, the nature of work will change and remote work will come in like a tidal wave - companies will either ride the wave or get smashed by it. Occurrences like the outbreak of COVID-19 make the wave even bigger. This means we could see an influx of remote work opportunities in the near future - by taking the right steps now you could be in a very good position to meet these opportunities at a more senior level.
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