If you’ve been in the workforce for more than a few minutes, you already know you need a resume to get a decent job. As the world’s workforce transitions from office to home, resume formats and experience are shifting as well. If you’re struggling to write a work-from-home resume, here are a few tips that might help you out.
Work-From Home Resume Format
Humanity has come a long way since Leonardo da Vinci created the world’s first resume. Nowadays, a work-from-home resume with a few bullet points won’t cut it. It lacks detail and isn’t exactly eye-catching.
Your resume needs style to stand out.
Categories with bold titles, descriptive text, and name dropping specific software, systems, and other relevant work experience can help set you apart from other applicants. Take a look at the image below, for example. We’ll go into more detail about each section soon.
This isn’t a one-style-fits-all resume. There are a number of different resume styles to choose from.
Notably, however, you need your resume to make it through the parsing program many companies use to weed out unqualified applicants. To get reviewed by an actual person, your resume needs the right keywords.
In many cases, you can find the right keywords in the job description itself. Look closely at the job posting. Ask yourself what keywords they use. Is there a specific software? Do they mention any recommended or required skills? If the answer is yes, and it usually will be, work these keywords into your work-from-home resume.
Let’s break down the image above in more detail.
Work-From-Home Resume Heading
Take a look at the image above. The resume heading is simple and succinct, yet provides employers with vital information to getting in touch with you. Make sure to include your first and last name, location (with zip code), email (bonus points for inserting a hyperlink), and phone number.
Tip: Type out your actual email and add a hyperlink.
Depending on the company and position you’re applying for, including a hyperlink to your LinkedIn account can be beneficial. Typically, however, your resume will already include all the information found in your LinkedIn profile (or it should, anyway).
Work-From-Home Resume Qualifications
Here’s where many applicants fall short and fail to generate a reader’s interest in their resume. The work-from-home resume qualifications summary is especially important. This is the section where you can add those keywords we talked about earlier.
Open the qualifications section with a one-sentence summary. Start the sentence with an adjective and make sure to mention the position by name. Ideally, you want to include three other keywords as long as you have the experience to back it up.
Do not lie on a resume. You may not get caught, but if you do, you have no future with that company in any respect.
Next, come up with three or four areas of experience that you can bring to the job. For something in management, I prefer Professional Development, Organizational Management, and Operational Planning. Use each of these areas of experience to flesh out what you bring to the table and insert a few more relevant keywords. Highlight work-from-home experience when possible.
The final section should always be Key Strengths. Here, you can summarize the other three or four sections in a single sentence. To close out the qualifications summary, mention any software you’re familiar with that’s relevant to the job.
Work-From-Home Resume Education
In most cases, your resume’s education section is simple and straightforward. If it isn’t, you’d better have a very good reason.
If you earned a degree from an accredited college or university, include the degree level and area of study, as well as the year it was earned. Beneath it, mention the university, city, and state by name.
Academic associations are so-so. Some carry weight, like a prestigious honor society, while others don’t. If you’re having trouble determining if your association is worth mentioning, think about whether you want a recruiter Googling it.
Work-From-Home Resume Experience
The resume experience section is the bread and butter of the entire document. This is where you want to go into as much detail about your experience as it relates to the job. There’s no need to rewrite your resume for every application. More often than not, a lot of your experience is transferable.
When possible, write out at least four sentences for each position description. Ideally, more recent positions have six to eight sentences highlighting your experience and duties.
Save the best for last.
The selected contributions section is where you strut your stuff. If you led projects, had a major effect on something, or implemented anything on your own, this is where you mention it. Three is the magic number here, but one or two contributions are still worth mentioning.
If you don’t have anything to add here, this section can be deleted without effecting the rest of your work-from-home resume.
Other Work-From-Home Resume Sections
There are other sections you can include, like Awards or Special Recognition, if you feel it increases your odds of getting an interview. This will largely depend on the company you’re applying to and whether the award was issued by a former employer or major organization.
What Not to Include
Contrary to popular belief, a Skills section is outdated and doesn’t add much to your resume. Sure, you can say you’re a great communicator, tactful leader, and hard worker – or you can demonstrate that through your professional experience.
Adding on to that, the one-page resume is outdated as well. The belief a single-page resume is king carries over from a bygone era where you needed to hand a physical copy of your resume to a recruiter.
Thanks to modern technology, most companies accept electronic resumes. As such, two- and three-page resumes are more common and allow you to better demonstrate your experience.
Keep in mind many work-from-home jobs are seeing thousands of applicants. As such, writing a work-from-home resume with formatting in mind is more important than ever. Make sure to include keywords found in the job description, but don’t overdo it!
Remember: if a human ends up reading your resume, it still needs to flow well and make sense. Stuffing it with keywords might fool a parsing program, but it could get your resume thrown out by an actual human being.
And, for the love of all that is good, make sure to proofread. Being “Department Manger” won’t carry much weight in a modern company!
Best of luck in your work-from-home job search!
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