Writing a resume to win a telecommuting job calls for a somewhat different approach than writing one for an in-office position. Assuming that you’re applying for a position that is flex-friendly, here are some tips to composing your resume:
Highlight past work-from-home (WFH) experiences
Be sure to include accomplishments when writing about your WFH jobs that prove you can work independently and manage your time well. This does not mean that you should simply add those phrases to your resume. On the contrary, you should expand on details of projects that speak to these abilities (e.g., “Worked independently and with remote teams in Singapore and the UK to complete quarterly expense report five days ahead of schedule”).
Indicate how many hours or the percentage of time you telecommute
Doing so not only gives your reader more details concerning your telecommuting experience but numbers and symbols (e.g., “Worked remotely 50% of the time”) tend to pop off the page and draw attention.
Mention your home office (perhaps best done in a cover letter)
Include the fact that you have a dedicated home office and mention specific projects you’ve completed and clients you’ve served from those digs. This way you’re showing that you’re not only already prepared to work from home but that you have done so previously and with measurable success.
Telecommuting is a great way to achieve work-life balance. By highlighting your familiarity working from home you prove to an employer that you are an extra-valuable candidate when it comes to working in-company or remotely from your personal nest.
Thank you to Jennifer Parris, Career Writer at FlexJobs.com, for penning this post.