Q. I have worked remotely in direct mail marketing for a long time now, mostly for one company. I like working from home and I like the company but I am ready to become an onsite full-time employee and there are no onsite positions open in my current company. I miss the comradeship, opportunities for advancement, and even the politics and gossip of office life! How can I convince hiring managers and recruiters that I am ready to make the shift?
A. I myself thrive as a freelance and remote professional resume writer. There are a lot of us out there who like being fully remote. But I understand your quest for an onsite job also, as I happily worked onsite for many years as a chemical engineer.
The challenge you face as a remote worker is convincing a new company of three things:
- You know how to work on a team. As you mentioned, onsite employment means interacting with your peers and managers. Your resume should give examples of your ability to collaborate with others.
- You understand the need for oversight. Many hiring managers and recruiters have the mistaken idea that remote workers prefer remote work because they can get away with not working; no one is present to object to their goofing off. Your resume should stress how you deliver a 40-hour week for 40 hours of pay.
- You are prepared to learn new processes and technologies. As a successful remote worker, you have established your own favorite processes and technologies. While you may be able to transfer some of those favorites to your onsite position, chances are the company will insist on their preferences. Your resume should show that you are fine with change and able to learn and adapt.
For help with your resume and your goal of going from remote to onsite employee, please contact me at Robin’s Resumes®.