3 Ways Remote Candidates Can Stand Out in a Crowd
These steps in the virtual hiring funnel aren’t outdated… they’re more crucial than ever!
With the future of work comes the future of hiring, right? Well, maybe not. Recently, emote-friendly employers have been reviving seemingly-outdated screening tools to find just the right fit for virtual roles. It turns out that putting a remote twist on old school office methods reveals the skills that candidates need to be successful in a distributed work environment.
Job seekers, don’t worry. You won’t need to practice for a 10-key speed typing test just yet. But you may want to polish up on these three taken-for-granted pieces of the hiring funnel in order to catch the attention of remote employers:
When in the throes of a job search, filling out application after application quickly becomes tedious and frustrating, which leaves prospects searching for ways to cut corners. “No one reads these anyway,” they think. And therein lies their demise! Virtual employers are relying on applications more and more to screen candidates for crucial remote skills such as attention to detail, professional qualification, and culture match.
Tip #1: Make sure that you give every response on an application a generous amount of time, thought, and attention.
2) Cover Letter
The majority of virtual collaboration happens via typed messages: emails, IMs, project updates, shared files, etc. Therefore, employers need to know that you can effectively convey the emotion, urgency, details, and data of a message by only typing; and they use every step of the funnel to screen for this ability. Because it’s your longest piece of writing, your cover letter is the prime place to let your skills shine.
Tip #2: Be witty, memorable, sincere, and creative as you tell each potential employer why you would be a perfect match for them. (Note: Yes, that said “each.” Always customize your cover letters!)
To be sure, the most popular appeal of a remote job is the casual work environment. If you wear sweats or are logging in from a couch in Starbucks, your coworkers probably won’t care. However, this convenience does not apply to the hiring process. Candidates should go above and beyond to present themselves as professionally as possible during video calls by considering the viewing and listening experience of the other party. Seeing piles of laundry or the politically-charged t-shirt of the person sitting behind you in the background, or hearing the coffee shop blender is sure to distract from what you really want them to be thinking about: your awesomeness.
Tip #3: An important video call should always have bright lighting, a quiet environment, business casual attire, and a simple background.
Want to learn more about how land a great remote job?
Or how to virtually screen candidates for a remote role? In her presentation Navigating the Uncharted Territory of the Virtual Hiring Process at Nomad City 2018, Chloe Oddleifson, Head of People Operations at Dribbble, will be teaching attendees more about what distributed companies should be looking for and what candidates can do to impress them. Join us on October 8-14 to learn it all, plus more keys to remote work, in the beautiful city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.