If your idea of the perfect part-time job is wearing slippers all day, that’s possible. With the rapid increase in remote work opportunities, millions of Americans now only have to walk down the hallway for a coffee break and can save a bunch by not refilling their gas tank as often.
But how do you make it happen? How do you find and embrace a part-time remote job?
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Everyone has something unique to offer. Take a look at the experiences you have gained over the years, be it through jobs, internships, clubs or community organizations. What are your superpowers? Are you an over-organizer? Can you connect with just about anyone, even the grumpy-looking guy standing in line behind you in the grocery store? Are you practically a running calculator? Are you able to calm the nerves of an angry toddler (this can also be useful if you are into customer service)?
And if you think you don’t have any special skills, let us assure you that you are wrong. For some of us, finding a job creates uncertainty and can even make us wonder why someone would want us on their team. So hear this: you have a combination of skills that are unique to you and your life experiences.
Make a list of things that you’re good at, even if some of them don’t seem like marketable skills (spoiler alert: these are all marketable skills). For example, your list might look like this:
- Good with pets
- Good with people
- Can see both sides of a situation
- Fast learner
- Great phone etiquette
So what if you don’t speak Mandarin or know nothing about programming? There will be employers looking for skills that you have. The trick is not to give up.
Show them what you got
To learn more about the best ways to get a remote job, we reached out to the experts at Remote.co., An offshoot of FlexJobs.com.
“To stand out, you have to adapt your résumé for each application,” says Brie Weiler Reynolds, Career Development Manager and Coach at Remote.co and FlexJobs. “That means you have a professional summary and list of skills at the top of your resume that can be edited and updated to include keywords and phrases from each job description.”
If you don’t have a resume, don’t be intimidated into putting one together. There are free resume templates online, and if you use Microsoft Word, you have access to several easy-to-use versions.
The professional resume that Hamlet Reynolds mentioned is standard on many résumés and is super easy to change if you want to highlight skills for a specific job.
Hamlet Reynolds also suggests highlighting any previous remote working experience, even if it was only occasional. As long as you have done the work from home, you have remote experience. If you’ve been productive from home, highlight this.
CVs contain job titles. Make sure to add “Remote Work” to every job you’ve ever worked from home (or anywhere outside of the office). Let’s say you used to work from home once a week. Your resume should include your job title and “Remote Work (20%)”.
Hamlet Reynolds also reminds job seekers to include any skills that would make them a great teleworker. This can include time management skills, strong communication, the ability to work independently, comfort with technology, or other skills.
Hold the landing
Once an employer thinks you’re a good fit, prepare for a phone call or online video chat. While this is a great opportunity for an employer to decide if they like the cut of your boom, it is also your chance to see if this is a company you want to work for. Before you call, make sure you have your resume in front of you to refer to.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the job. If the person interviewing you brings up something unclear or leads to another question, ask away – asking questions shows interest.
Make the most of a good cause
Once you land a part-time remote job, make the most of it. Here are some tips that can make this easier:
- Treat it like a traditional job by setting and sticking to working hours. Otherwise, it’s easy to get back to work 24/7, resulting in burnout.
- Create a comfortable place to work. The more comfortable you feel, the happier you are likely to be. Even if you’re tempted to work from your living room sofa, spending hours hunched over a laptop can cause neck and back pain.
- Minimize distractions. This can mean asking friends and family not to call during work hours.
It is important to feel good about your new remote job. Ideally, you want to put money in the bank while doing a job that you find satisfying. According to a two-year study by Stanford University, people who worked remotely were less likely to leave the company for another company. And that is a win for you and your new employer.