Introvert’s Guide To Land Your Remote Dream Job
Depending on which way you look at it, remote working could be either a dream or a nightmare for introverts.
On the one hand, remote working can involve spending large chunks of time working on your own which many introverts would welcome.
But on the flipside, there is always a requirement to communicate with your employer and the team you are engaging with. And being based remotely can mean there is more pressure to make a good impression during these short periods of communication. After all, if they are not able to see and get to know you in an office environment, this is the only time they have to get to know you and how you work.
Don’t let that scenario scare you off though, because my personal view is that remote working is ideal for introverts. It removes the pressures of the office environment and all the office politics and faux team-building nonsense that I always found pointless and annoying.
And remote working lets you work in an environment you are comfortable and in a manner that best suits you needs. Ideal if you like peace and quiet, or even the gentler buzz of working in a café or public space.
But how to get into remote working? Well, there are a few clear steps you can take to carve out a career as a remote worker and I am going to lay out the path in this article which I have called the Introverts Guide to landing your remote dream job.
Stick to what you know and enjoy:
When looking for your dream remote job, it is always advisable to know what you want to do and stick with that come what may. Many people, introverted or otherwise, turn to remote working because they think it is the office environment that is making them unhappy, when in fact it is the job itself.
Be sure of what you want to do and make sure it is something you are good at. Then do your research. Try to identify companies and business that fit what you are looking for. Trying to adapt what you want to fit the needs of a company is likely to be doomed to failure.
If you find the right company, but they are not hiring right now, approach them anyway. They can only say no, and most will keep your CV on file for future opportunities. And you might just time your application right and find yourself in line for that dream job.
Another good technique is to ask around friends and your existing network. They already know you well and might be able to open a few doors for you, or even just point you in the right direction.
Personalise your Approach
When you have identified a few places to approach, be sure to personalize your approach. Pinging over a CV on its own very rarely pay dividends. Rather, send over a personalized cover letter explaining who you are, what experience you have, and why you are the right person for this role.
Another useful tip is to include some pointers on how the job could be done well, and what you would be looking to do in the role. If you can back up these suggests with examples of relevant experience you have had in the past, then so much the better.
Use the Internet
The internet is an opportunity for introverts as it is a way to connect without actually having to go through those difficult first meetings, or worse still cold-calling.
Use the myriad of different tools the internet offers to make connections and seek out roles. Use LinkedIn to its full potential. You can reach out to potential employees on there, learn more about prospective employers, and even apply for jobs directly.
Another good site is Fiverr. Register on their as a freelancer to meet with likeminded individuals and also identify possible remote job opportunities. You never know if a short-term project might lead to your dream role.
Perhaps the best advice would be to set up a site of your own. This is very easy these days with platforms like WordPress and it is a chance to share all the information you want to with prospective employers, without having to engage too much face to face.
When engaging with companies, be honest with them. Tell them you work more efficiently remotely and on your own and that office environments aren’t for you.
Try to prove to them that this is a set-up which is in their best interest as well as yours, and look to prove it with examples of how you have been successful in this kind of arrangement before.
It is pointless to pretend you want an office-based job only to change your mind part-way through the process. Be upfront about it and they are far more likely to make concessions for you.
If interviews are not something you enjoy, try to arrange for them to take place remotely too. As a remote worker, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
An interview on Skype or a similar platform should be much more comfortable as you can be in an environment you are happy with and (if absolutely necessary) you can also disconnect and pretend there was a problem with the internet!
Try to avoid that if at all possible and the best way to do so is to prepare for it as well as you can in advance.
Remote Working Tools
Lastly, as a remote worker, you will need to ensure you have the right tools to do your job.
These may vary depending on the nature of your employment, but should include such essential as encrypted messaging services to engage with your employer remotely and safely; a good reliable and secure cloud storage service, to be sure you can never lose your work; and a VPN.
A VPN will encrypt all your online traffic, allow you to go online anonymously, and also stream TV shows and evade online censorship no matter where in the world you are.
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