How to Find a Remote Job as a Developer in 2021

Part 3. How to pass the application process

You are one in 27 million. According to the Global Developer Population and Demographic Study, that is the number of developers worldwide now, that will increase to bizarre 45 million by 2030. Even though not all of them work remotely, the competition for remote tech jobs remains huge. The million-dollar question is: How do you stand out?

WRITE A KILLER CV

A CV or a resume is a requirement of any job application and your one-two-page chance to sell yourself as a professional.

Question 1.
What does a CV have to look like?

Clean, professional and digestible in a short amount of time. You can use one of many resume templates available online, i.e. on Canva, resume building websites like Resumake or try LinkedIn Resume Assistant. A typical CV or resume features:

  • Contact details
  • Links to your professional profiles
  • Headline or Summary giving a general idea of who you are
  • Work experience (with bullet points under each of your positions explaining your responsibilities, accomplishments and lessons learned)
  • Education
  • Self Study (courses and certificates)
  • Languages and Interests

Question 2.
How will they know what I am capable of?

List all the technologies you have ever been exposed to. There are a few ways to showcase it (and the best thing is to do them all):

Question 3.
Can I lie on my resume (just a little bit)?

Please don’t. First, it’s neither nice nor ethical. Second, you are going to get exposed during the technical interview. The dev team or a person you are going to talk to will know if you are actually aware of that framework or if you actually used that tool.

Question 4.
How to make my CV look really attractive then?

  • Customize your headline. What is the point in repeating the title of your most recent role? Try to rewrite it, for example by including the languages or technologies you use the most.
  • Create a summary for your profile. The summary serves as an elevator pitch that you can put between your contact details and your work experience. The basic summary includes your current role, your experience in the industry and with certain technologies, achievements and also your interest in the particular role and company. Just a couple sentences to give an idea of who you are and why you are a good fit.
  • Use action verbs. Don’t just list your responsibilities under each job you had, but start every sentence with an action verb like ‘applied, ‘facilitated’, ‘delivered’. Harvard Law School has a full list of action verbs published.
  • Choose a special technique to develop your resume and create strong bullet points, such as STAR method, WHO method and CAR technique. Your CV is not just a list of things you did in life. The special techniques help you describe your functional skills, define your achievements and create a real story of your professional development.
  • Tailor your resume to the job. It’s even more important if you are applying for a job in larger companies as many of them use applicant tracking systems (ATS). ATS is a company’s doorman that categorizes your resume and scans it for specific keywords in order to determine if it is worth being handed to the recruiter.

WRITE A COVER LETTER

A cover letter can be a separate file attached to your email or to your online application. If a cover letter is optional, it is a good idea that you submit it to show the effort and a real interest in the job.

Question 5.
Wait, do I even need a cover letter for a tech role?

On the one hand, about half of tech companies have cover letter fields in their application forms, and 65% of fast-growing startups do too. On the other hand, the cover letter fields are mostly optional, and job recruiters spend only a few seconds on each application. We match companies with the most relevant candidates, so the need for a cover letter and extra test tasks usually goes down. You can also skip a lot of exhausting formalities, as almost all recruiters on 6nomads are CEOs, CTOs and team leads.

  • Why are you interested in the position?
  • Why do you want to work for a particular company?
  • How is your previous experience relevant to the job?
  • What benefits will you bring?
  • Do you love what you do?

PASS INTERVIEWS

Congratulations! Four companies got your resume and maybe even read your cover letter. A hiring manager from the first one gives you a call just to confirm your interest, the second one wants to text chat on Slack. Then you get a take-home skills test from the third company, and the fourth one insists on a tech interview straight away.

  • Quiz questions on software development fundamentals
  • Coding challenges. You will have to open an IDE or text editor to solve some exercises in real time and discuss them

6nomads.com — a new kind of recruitment service focusing on remote tech companies.

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