3 Tips for a Successful Remote Job Search

Learn how to stand out in a crowded job market.

HIRE EXPERIENCE     |    Mar. 09, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of how candidates look for jobs. Because of this, the remote job search has influenced how you present yourself, how you set yourself apart from others and how you assimilate into the office culture.

As the international lead for executive recruitment at Abbott, Stephane Sarrazin draws in talent for high-level roles. He seeks out professionals with established careers who are interested in Abbott and who can hit the ground running from day one. Like others, Stephane has had to adjust how he approaches talent due to the pandemic. Here are some of his tips for navigating the job field virtually.

Stephane Sarrazin, International Executive Recruitment Lead

Searching for a Job in Today's Environment

Although most of us have been searching for jobs to apply for online for years, continuing the rest of the recruitment process online is new. With more people on the remote job search, candidates are doing everything they can to set themselves apart.

As employers adapt their recruitment efforts and start relying on video conferencing for the entire interview process, candidates should be quick to adapt as well.

While these changes may continue to impact how hiring and recruitment take place into the future, Stephane thinks this process can be beneficial.

"Video conferences are the perfect opportunity to engage visually with the candidate," he says. "I think it accelerates the selection process in a way."

How to Stand Out – Virtually

To be successful during a remote job search, you'll need to put in the effort to understand the company you're interested in and take actions to ensure you stand out from other candidates searching during the pandemic. Below, Stephane highlights important steps for a successful job search.

1. Research the Company Thoroughly

Researching how the company you'd like to work for fared during the pandemic is a good place to start. How has their workforce changed during the pandemic? Be sure to look up what kind of roles the company is seeking to fill, and what skills you possess that meet those expectations. How can your skills be used to supplement the company's pandemic needs?

Other good information to have includes whether the company is creating new products or pivoting their product markets due to the pandemic. Identify what you can bring to the new role, as well as the company, to support these needs.

2. Update Your Résumé to Reflect Remote Work Adjustments

When job searching remotely, consider which skills are in high demand and how you've been able to adapt accordingly. An updated résumé and cover letter that reflect these abilities may include the following:

  • Previous experience working remotely
  • Programs, tools, or skills that you've mastered for a remote environment
  • Experience collaborating with team members effectively in a virtual setting
  • How self-motivated and productive you can be while remote

When building your résumé, another idea to consider is the creation of a video résumé. A digital introduction can supplement your traditional résumé, highlighting your skills and personality.

3. Expand Your Network by Connecting with Future Teams

Now more than ever is the time to make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and to add as many quality connections as you can.

"People have to be more entrepreneurial than they used to be," Stephane says. "They have to be more proactive in terms of developing relationships."

For example, if you're hoping to work in software development for a specific company, be proactive and seek out the leaders and colleagues who make up that team. Research to find out what LinkedIn communities they belong to — this will open the door to even more connections.

After connecting with hiring managers, leaders and potential colleagues, consider uploading your video résumé to LinkedIn. This will allow you to introduce yourself to your new connections and showcase what you know about the industry.

Making a Good Impression

Once you've started your new job it's important to remember that onboarding and team building currently take place virtually. Being able to assimilate into a team and develop relationships remotely are essential skills that are here to stay.

One skill that can be used to make a good impression — both via video and in person — is your communication via live video. Look at the camera, stay focused on the person you're talking to and limit all distractions around you.

"Being able to create a relationship virtually is absolutely critical these days," Stephane says.

One of the biggest tips for starting a new job that Stephane highlights is to start communicating early. Once hired, reach out to your team via phone and email. Share a brief bio to help your new colleagues get to know you and continue building your LinkedIn network, adding your co-workers and colleagues within the company.

Starting out is challenging even after the onboarding process, so Stephane recommends setting up quick 10- or 15-minute video calls with team members you'll work with the most. This is another chance to meet your co-workers and reinforce your connection with them even though you may not see them walking down the hall.

"Communication is important from the start," Stephane says. "Companies expect the candidate to create their own network quickly and virtually."

When searching for a job remotely, remember to highlight everything that sets you apart from other candidates — whether that's via your résumé or during the interview process. Showcase your abilities to stay productive and communicate and collaborate effectively when working with other teammates. After displaying the unique qualities that you bring to the table, you'll be on your way to your next virtual team meeting in no time!