Millions of Australians are entering their third month of remote working, and some are taking to the concept like a fish to water.
However, lockdown measures have forced businesses to shut shop or reduce hours, meaning many Aussies might be on the lookout for a new part-time gig.
But while some recruitment sites like Seek have added “work from home” search bars, it can still be tough to know which companies are keen on remote workers, and which ones aren’t.
“Now, it's more important than ever that people are aware there are remote-friendly jobs in almost any professional industry, ranging from entry-level to executive, part-time to full-time, and all across the country,” Sara Sutton, CEO and Founder of FlexJobs said.
FlexJobs revealed the top companies hiring for remote, part-time gigs. Here are the ones you could do from Australia:
Robert Half International
Achieve Test Prep
Expert Business Development
What are the most common remote jobs?
If you’re wondering what the most common work-from-home gigs are, FlexJobs’ data revealed there are a few.
Here they are:
Online ESL teacher
Social media manager
Speech language pathologist
How do I land a remote job?
Getting a remote job is really similar to landing an in-office job.
The first thing you should do is highlight any previous experience you have working remotely – and you’d at least have a few months’ worth if you were working from home during the coronavirus shutdown.
“Include the specific skills that make you a good remote worker (written and verbal communication, independent worker, organized and productive, great time and task manager, and having a growth mindset are all good ones),” FlexJobs stated.
Even if you haven’t worked remotely before, earning a degree or certificate or volunteering for a project online will count too.
Just as you would normally tailor your resume to every job application, you should do the same for every remote job.
“Use a professional summary and list of skills at the top of the resume that can be edited and updated to include keywords and key phrases from the job description,” FlexJobs stated.
“You don't have to rewrite the whole resume, but you should absolutely spend time making sure your document is keyword-rich in at least those top two sections – summary and key skills – using the same language from the job description.”
And, you should always have an answer for this question: “Why do you want to work remotely?”
“Even though right now, it seems like there's not another choice except working remotely, employers are hiring remote workers for the long-term and want to know you're in it for more than just the benefits of being a remote worker,” they said.
“Prepare to talk about how you're more productive and effective when you work from home because you're better able to focus, or you're not worrying about catching a train home at the end of the day, or because you can design a home office space that energises and focuses you on your work.”
However, don’t talk about the personal benefits, like having a better work-life balance, because employers will already assume this.
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