One interesting aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 is the discovery of high levels of interest in remote or work-from-home (WFH) jobs.
In this write-up, we will examine not just remote jobs but heavily paying remote jobs.
Before the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020, traditional jobs were the rifest.
Traditional jobs are jobs where workers have to commute to offices mostly far away from homes.
Prior to this time, it was generally thought impossible for home-based workplaces to fully equip workers for effective and efficient work productivity compared to office-based scenarios.
However, the COVID-19 outbreak enforced a lockdown that saw people and workers of different nationalities trapped in their homes, with no hope in sight for unfettered movements.
As a result of the unenvisaged Coronavirus lockdown, many companies and businesses suffered economic hardships, paying for undone jobs and transactions (under contexts not adequately covered in signed contracts to protect them).
Consequently, the imbroglio threw more light on the possibility of using internet-enabled laptops, desktops, smartphones, and other gadgets to do remote-compatible work at home.
This way, the ensuing losses suffered by employers and businesses would be either mitigated or eradicated (even for better profits).
From this point, remote or work-from-home jobs began gaining momentum until today's high-pitch tempo they have assumed.
Some remote jobs are now so highly competitive and potentially rewarding that only with your best of the best foot forward can you land such jobs.
The following seven rules are recommended for job applicants desirous of landing high-paying remote jobs:
This may sound like stating the obvious, but, it is what it is!
Imagine now that you are no longer competing for a job with paltry hundreds in your locale but with astronomical millions from all over the world.
What chances then do you stand? You must push yourself outside the norm to upgrade your skills and stand in the best stead to land such jobs.
Always be in the habit of researching your skills needed for remote jobs to calibrate them if need be.
Let's say your timezone is UTC+1, never assume that a job designated as PST+1 is acceptable for you.
Always endeavour to synchronize all jobs with your local time zone to know if they fit.
The following guides can help you:
PST (Pacific Standard Time) is only equivalent to GMT-8:00
PNT (Phoenix Standard Time) is only equivalent to GMT-7:00
MST (Mountain Standard Time) is only equivalent to GMT-7:00
CST (Central Standard Time) is only equivalent to GMT-6:00
ECT (European Central Time) is only equivalent to GMT+1:00
EST (Eastern Standard Time) is only equivalent to GMT-5:00
The list is endless and you are advised to research the timezones for every advertised remote job that interests you before applying.
Enough cannot be said about this! There must be a unique CV for every different job.
Never throw a generic CV around to apply for jobs. It amounts to a sheer waste of your time.
However, ensure you study the job details very well and determine how best to reflect the job-listed skills that you possess in your CV.
It is important you clarify your remote job experience, interpersonal or soft skills like communication skills (i.e., how adept are you with either US English or British English or both), time management, emotional intelligence, etc.
Bullet-point each section of your work history and prioritize to prove your success remotely with teammates or managers.
Synchronize your experiences with the job description versions while paying particular attention to skills tagged as required or preferred by the advertiser.
Be generous in indicating ways you added immense value.
Where your profile lacks actual remote work experience, you can leverage your experience while interacting with regionally dispersed people through Slack, Discord, and Skype or while participating in webinars and online workshops via Zoom, for example.
Talent hunters are keen on knowing how much of the technical and soft skills are required for the role you possess as a remote worker.
This may be the right time to mention your experience and skills with remote tools like Zendesk, Slack, Google Docs, etc.
More and more recruiters no longer make pretences about using LinkedIn for talent hunting.
It's a vital place to demonstrate your outstanding orderliness and relevant accomplishments.
Let your LinkedIn profile clearly indicate you are open to remote opportunities, especially in your page headline.
This is also important. If you have ever completed online university courses and taken other online certification courses through e-learning or learning management systems, include them both on your LinkedIn page and flag them in your CV too.
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