There is more demand for remote jobs than ever before. But thankfully, they’re also in high supply. But the abundance of remote positions available doesn’t mean you can afford to slack on your resume or application.
If you want to maximize your chances of landing your dream remote job, you need to run through a final “check” before submitting your paperwork.
The Importance of a Final Check
It’s tempting to skip over the final check, especially if you’re pressed for time. But the reality of the situation is that you’re a human being, and all human beings are capable of error. Even a single mistake could make you look unprofessional or leave recruiters with abad first impression, so it’s vital to proofread your work before sending.
What to Check Before Sending a Resume for a Remote Job
What are the most important things to check before applying for that remote job?
- Your file size and format. If you’re preparing a resume, make sure you check your file size and your format. What type of format is requested by this prospective employer? If you’re not sure, a PDF is usually a safe bet. You’ll also want to think about the size of your file. Many email servers have difficulty accepting large files, so if your resume is excessive in size, you’ll need an alternative strategy tosend your large files quickly.
- The job description. You may have a clear idea of the nature of the job in your head, but does that match what’s written in the job description? Recheck the original job description to be sure. See if you’re addressing the requirements here in full and determine if there’s anything you’ve missed. If the job is focused on SEO for example, knowing what the best seo tools to use in that position would definitely be a skill to have, and to put down on your resume.
- Application requirements. Are there specific requirements for applying for this job? And are you currently meeting them? For example, your employer may request you to submit a resume, a cover letter, and multiple references. If you miss any one of these ingredients, it could be a demonstration that you’re unable to follow basic instructions. Don’t make such a simple, preventable mistake.
- The company name. Are you sure you have the company name correct? It may seem simple, but hiring managers often have to deal with applicants who misspell the company name – a clear indication that they haven’t done their research, haven’t proofread their work, or both.
- Your resume (completeness). Review your resume for completeness. Did you include every section that’s necessary to describe your work history? Do you meet all the requirements of the job listing?
- Your resume (typos). Don’t allow any simple typos to appear on the final version of your resume. These are always easy to spot and fix. Consider reading your resume in reverse order, from bottom to top, and line by line to avoid missing anything.
- Your resume (formatting). Check the formatting of your resume as well. If you created the document in a word processor like Word, but converted it to a PDF, there may be formatting errors produced by the transition. For example, some words may be cut off or some line breaks may not appear where they’re meant to be. Fix these before sending.
- Your cover letter (typos). Also review your cover letter, assuming you’re providing one. This is often responsible for the first impression of a hiring manager, so it needs to be immaculate. Otherwise, they may not even read your resume.
- Your cover letter (tone and intentions). Re-read your cover letter for tone and content. Does this accurately convey your attitude regarding the remote work position? Does it refer to the requirements of the position?
- Your follow-up strategy. Before you send anything, consider your follow-up strategy. When do you expect to hear a response? How long will you wait to hear something before you send a follow-up message? What will your follow-up messages say? You don’t need to write a draft, but you should have an idea of what you want to write in mind.
Enlisting the Help of a Third Party
Even the best proofreaders sometimes struggle to proofread their own work. Sometimes, this is due to fatigue; you spent so long updating your resume that you have trouble seeing the mistakes you made. Other times, it’s due to ignorance; you might be unaware of thechronic grammatical mistakes you’re making.
Whatever the case, it’s helpful to get a third-party to review your work before you send it. Enlist the help of a coworker, mentor, or trusted friend to give your material a once-over before you hit that send button.
When you’ve given all these materials a final review and you’re confident your work is appropriate and error-free, cross your fingers and submit. Don’t dwell too long on the possibility of failure, and instead, remain optimistic about your chances.