How to Find the Best Entry-Level Remote Jobs
Are you looking for an entry-level remote job? Are you wondering how you can start a career without ever setting foot in an office? There are a variety of ways you can begin a professional career working remotely, and you may have more experience that will help you get started than you think. In fact, you may already have the skills that will help you get hired for a remote position.
Explore Career Options
A good way to start checking on available opportunities is to explore industries that are in growth-mode despite the pandemic. FlexJobs has a list of companies and industries that are hiring for remote work. Top industries include:
Top Remote Jobs for Entry-Level Professionals
Who’s hiring now? Remote.co has pinpointed entry-level positions that are 100% remote and have no location requirement meaning they can be done from anywhere. The list includes:
- Accounts Receivable Specialist
- Care Line Registered Nurse, On-Site Solutions
- Sales Development Representative
- QA Data Engineer
- Contact Tracer
- Virtual Workshop Producer
- Customer Support Advocate
- Trial Master Files Representative
- Email Marketing Associate
- Human Resources Assistant
- QA Analyst
- English Teacher
How to Find the Jobs
One of the best ways to find jobs to apply for is to use the sites that focus on remote opportunities. Here’s how to find the best remote jobs, and how to find companies with immediate openings for remote positions.
Traditional job boards are also a good option for finding listings. Search using keywords like “remote,” “virtual,” and “entry-level” to find job postings that match your interests.
If you’re a college student or grad, check with your career services office. The staff may be able to help you with job listings, job search assistance, career advising, and resume and cover letter help.
Focus Your Resume on Remote Skills
What’s most important is to show employers that you have the skills required to handle the position. If you’re applying for a remote job, your resume should tell employers that you’ve got what it takes to not only do their job, but do it remotely. That will help your application get considered for an interview, which will be remote as well.
Brie Reynolds, Career Specialist at Remote.co, suggests:
- 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).
- Highlight any previous experience you have working remotely. If you’ve worked at a distance from your coworkers, across time zones or physical distances, that counts. If you’ve worked from home occasionally or regularly, that counts.
- If you earned a degree or certification online, that counts. If you volunteered on a project where you did most of the work from your home office, that counts.
Remote work skills and experience can come in many forms, and they should be mentioned on your resume if you want to land a remote job. Once you’ve updated your resume, start exploring remote work options.
Prepare to Get Hired
Even though you’re working remotely, it’s important to take the time to carefully prepare for the hiring process. In addition to updating your resume, write a targeted cover letter that shows the hiring manager why you’re a good fit for the position.
Get ready to interview by preparing to respond to the most commonly asked interview questions, and have a list of questions of your own ready to ask the interviewer.
Take the time to dress appropriately for your interviews. Even though it’s on Zoom, Skype, or another video platform, it still counts as an interview. It’s important to dress appropriately, and make the best impression.
Review these tips for nailing a virtual interview to get started.
Don’t Forget to Say Thank You
After every interview, take a few minutes to email a thank you note. This is an opportunity to reiterate your interest in the job, as well as mention anything you wish you had said during the interview.
Even if you didn’t get the job, it’s appropriate to say thank you. Following up could open the door to other opportunities that are a better fit, and keep you in consideration for future roles with the company.