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Talent Talk: Want to Keep Working from Home? Then It's Time to Update Your Resume

Image: Olezzo/Adobe Stock businesswoman working remotely
In a post-pandemic world, a new group of employees willing and able to tele-commute will find themselves in a work environment that does not support it.

A recent Pew Research Center study found that, of those whose jobs can be done entirely or mostly from home, a little over half would prefer to do that all or most of the time, even after we are back to a pre-pandemic situation.

How that shakes out will vary company by company, running the gamut from firms that allow and even encourage it to those that do not, and everywhere in between. This will create a new group of employees who will be able and willing to telecommute, but who will find themselves in a work environment that does not support it.

Those who might be looking to make a change for that reason (or any other) and who want to work remotely most or all of the time, probably will need to make a few changes to their resume. For general resume tips, you can refer back to our earlier blog. Here is a list of potential adaptations you will want to make:

  • If you have an overview, summary, or objective statement at the top of your resume, include a discussion of your remote work experience and/or your desire for that, to establish clarity from the beginning.
  • Be specific about your accomplishments that can demonstrate your skillsets critical to success while working remotely. Top among these are communication, collaboration, and time/task management.
  • Add the word “remote,” “telecommute,” or something similar, as appropriate, to each job title where you did that part or full time.
  • Discuss your experience or familiarity with the tools of remote work, including video conferencing, instant messaging, file sharing, or virtual office software.
  • Describe your physical home office if you have one. The inability to focus is a challenge often cited by those who are working from home with others, children, pets, and so on. If you are able to “shut the door” in an actual office with a nice computer set up, that is a plus.

 

About the author

Paul Sturgeon is CEO of KLA Industries, a national search firm specializing in plastics, packaging, and polymer technology. If you have a topic you would like to see discussed, a company that is growing, or other ideas for this blog, e-mail Sturgeon at [email protected].

 

 

 

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