Entrepreneur Becky Catino has founded successful companies in the auto financing and investment industries. Becky Catino’s latest venture is GigSmart, a Cincinnati-based virtual employment platform that connects businesses to qualified candidates. GigSmart’s primary mission is to simplify the job application process and help remote workers access a wider employment market.
When applying to a location-independent position, candidates should ensure that their resumes accurately reflect their experience, work ethic, and the type of position desired. Below are some tips to consider when making a resume specifically for remote work.
Highlight any previous remote work experience: Working outside of an office is not for everyone, and employers know this. Candidates for remote positions must demonstrate that they have the self-motivation and organizational skills to get the job done without the structure of an office.
If candidates don’t have previous experience working virtually, they can emphasize projects or assignments that they completed successfully on their own.
Be specific about what you are looking for. There are many ways to describe remote work, but all of these descriptions will not have the same meaning to each employer. For example, a job offering a flexible schedule or the ability to work from home may actually require the employee to come into the office.
If a candidate will only consider 100 percent remote positions, this must be stated very clearly in the objective. Applicants should also place their home addresses prominently on their resume, as even some remote positions have geographical restrictions. The goal is to avoid wasting either the employer’s or the applicant’s time.