The majority of employees have been forced to work from home as a result of stay-at-home orders from the coronavirus pandemic. After experiencing what it’s like to work remotely, many employees are realizing that they’d prefer to work from home than in the office. According to a CreditCards.com poll, more than a third of those currently working from home would like to continue to do so full-time after state and federal regulations are lifted. In addition, three-quarters would like to keep working from home at least two days per week after stay-at-home requirements are lifted.
Whether you’re currently employed and looking for a permanent work-from-home position or are one of the 20 million unemployed Americans searching for a job, there are a number of companies that are hiring for remote roles. FlexJobs recently unveiled a list of the top 25 companies with the most remote job postings in May. Here they are below, categorized by volume and listed in alphabetical order in each section.
Companies that posted more than 300 remote job openings in May:
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Robert Half International: a global professional staffing and consulting firm
UnitedHealth Group: a diversified healthcare company comprised of two businesses: United Healthcare, a provider of benefits and insurance coverage; and Optum, a leading provider of technology and information-enabled health services
VocoVision: an innovative children’s therapy telepractice program
Companies that posted between 200 and 300 remote job openings in May:
Amazon: the world’s largest online retailer
Oracle ORCL -0.4%: a cloud application and platform service company offering a vast amount of services that include comprehensive, fully integrated cloud applications, platforms, and engineered methods
Pearson: a publicly traded, international learning company offering an extensive range of content, tools, products, and services for educators and learners of all ages
Companies that posted 150 to 200 remote job openings in May:
Aerotek: a leading, global staffing and recruiting firm and a member of Allegis Group, one of the world’s largest, privately held staffing companies. Aerotek serves a broad range of industries and clients, including 95% of the Fortune 500
CrowdStrike: global provider of cloud-delivered security technology, threat intelligence, and next-generation endpoint protection
Keywords Studios: provides creative and technical services to the international video game industry
Companies that posted 85 to 150 remote job openings in May:
Apex Systems: an IT staffing and workforce solutions firm that provides recruiting and staffing services to large and small companies alike
Collabera: a technology services and solutions provider
Cozymeal: provider of cooking classes, online experiences and more
LanguageLine Solutions: provides a more effective communication method for non-English speakers
Motion Recruitment Partners: the parent company of three industry-leading recruitment agencies: Jobspring Partners, Sevenstep and Workbridge Associates
Red Hat: a technology firm that strives to be the go-to company for communities of contributors, customers and partners in creating open-source technology
Supporting Strategies: provides outsourced bookkeeping services, controllership services and operational support to growing businesses
Tanium: a technology company that focuses on IT security and systems management
USAA : offers a fully integrated array of financial services to active and former U.S. military members and their families
Veeva: a provider of cloud-based software and services for the life sciences industry
How to land a remote job
Now, there’s no question that landing a remote job right now is very competitive. “Remote work is more in-demand than ever, so do what you can to be the perfect job seeker,” says Brie Reynolds, career development manager and coach at FlexJobs. Below, some tips to improve your chances of finding success during your job search for a work-from-home position.
Do your homework
Research companies that regularly offer remote work for a more seamless experience. These companies are “more likely to have the infrastructure in place right now to keep hiring,” Reynolds says. Also look up how the companies are faring during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure that the position will be long lasting. Any company hiring right now in this challenging economic environment is certainly showing signs of promise.
Tailor your cover letter and resume
When it comes to applying for jobs, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. It’s important to tailor your cover letter and resume for every application, depending on which key works and skills are emphasized in the job postings. Highlight the skills that it takes to be a successful remote worker, such as communication, time management, independent working, comfort with technology and digital collaboration, Reynolds says. In addition, highlight any previous remote work experience you have—even if it just applies to the coronavirus pandemic. Share examples of how you were successful in this remote working role and how that positively impacted the company you worked for. Use concrete examples whenever possible. “Even if that experience was only on occasion, it still counts as long as you were productive and effective during the times you worked from home,” Reynolds says.
Prepare for your interview
To best prepare for your interview, whether that be over the phone or on a video call, be prepared with some stories that exemplify how you’ve used your remote skills. This includes:
· Talking about the methods and systems you use to keep yourself focused. How do you stay organized and on top of things? Talk about times when you’ve been a clear communicator, or you’ve been able to effectively persuade someone or effect change with written and verbal communication.
· Mentioning specific projects you’ve worked on remotely or at a distance from your collaborators.
· Preparing for some of the more common remote job interview questions employers tend to ask. This may include, Do you have any previous remote work experience? And, why do you want to work here and work remotely?
When it comes to preparing for your interview, also log in early to give yourself time to solve any technical glitches. “Be ready for things like sound and audio issues during a video interview, and where in the program’s settings you can troubleshoot those things,” Reynolds says. “There may be a delay between speaking, so be patient.”
Let your personality shine
During the interview, give the person you’re speaking with the chance to get to know you. Be sure to smile and act natural. “When you’re nervous, your face can appear serious or even angry, so remind yourself to smile regularly,” Reynolds says. Her tip: “A simple sign on your laptop that says ‘Smile!’ can work wonders.” Be confident when communicating the reasons why you would be a great fit for this remote position.