• Jennifer Hathcoat

Remote Hiring Process: What you need to know

Now more than ever, knowing what to look for and how to handle the remote hiring process is imperative because of Covid-19. The 2020 pandemic is changing the way we look for work, how employers hire, and how the workforce will be in the future. You must stay diligent. That way, you stand out—even virtually.

While you are going down the job boards, you have to pay attention to the job listing you are interested in. Knowing what they are looking for and if you qualify is just part of the battle. Below are a few tricks that you can take with you through your career journey and also help you through the remote hiring process.

Here is what you need to know:

1) Online presence: without having a formal interview where the employer can gauge how you are, they will turn to your online presence. If you have LinkedIn, put your URL on your resume. LinkedIn is a great place to have past employers and employees vouch for your qualifications and who you are as a person. It is another way to show off your skills, training, schooling, and what sets you apart from others applying for the same position.

2) The tracking system: a lot of companies rely on a tracking system to get through the application process, which is a software program that sorts through thousands of applications, which means there is a very high chance your application will not pass through human hands. That is why it is imperative for you to look at the job listing and make sure on your resume that you have words, phrases, and experience that they have listed. The tracking system picks up on those words, phrases, and experiences and if there is a positive match, you go through to the next phase of the hiring process.

3) Interview portion: Now this is where you actually get to show your personality. You will either have a phone interview to start out with or you will go right into video interviews. Either way, it is time to shine more than your resume. In addition to your normal research of the company, you should prepare questions for the employer and research the person interviewing you. You have to show them that you will be ready to succeed, even on day one. Show them that you are a team player and that you are able to work well alone because currently, a lot of jobs are having their employees work remotely for the time being. Also, even though it is a virtual interview, you should still dress professionally.

4) Up to date/working Technology: It is important to have a working computer and cell phone. With the remote hiring process, the ability to have a computer that can be used on the go and a way to be reached at all times will help you on your journey to success. This can also help if the job you are applying for also needs to work remotely for the time being—or permanently. It is important to stay up-to-date even when you land your job because your company, you, or your job may have missed opportunities. Therefore, you should always stay up-to-date with your technology.

Other Remote Hiring Process Mentions

Just like any other job you are applying for, you must show up. Just because it is a phone or a video interview, you should always be on time. You want to show the employer that you are more than just someone that has what it takes to succeed during a remote hiring process. Show them that you are ready and you are capable. Make sure that you have a working computer and cell phone, that you have an online presence to support you and give an edge to your resume, and make sure your resume matches the job listing you are seeking. Be there, be prepared, and you will succeed. Covid-19 has changed lives and businesses everywhere. Now with these tips, you have a way to still get the job of your dreams!

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