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This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.
Although the pandemic has disrupted the workplace, the good news is that it has improved access to remote jobs in many occupational fields.
More than half of companies hired new employees remotely during the pandemic. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in major metropolitan areas like San Francisco, Washington, DC, Boston, and Seattle, more than half the workforce works from home.
Even so, remote working is growing faster in some areas than in others. With that in mind, we analyzed the 50+ career categories in our database and compared the number of remote jobs published in March 2020 versus December 2020 to determine the 10 fastest growing remote career categories.
In the career categories listed below, remote work vacancies have increased more than 25% since March, indicating that they will be promising fields for remote work seekers in 2021.
These fast growing remote career fields are presented from highest to lowest growth and include current remote job postings.
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Marketing is a dynamic career with opportunities in most major industries. Marketers promote and inform the public about products and services. Marketers can help customers identify their needs and achieve their goals.
Recent Remote Marketing Jobs:
- Content Marketer
- Marketing operations specialist
- Market research specialist
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Administrative professionals can manage an office (face-to-face or virtual), handle personnel issues, process communications, manage projects, or deal with financial matters.
Recent remote administration jobs:
- Executive Assistant
- Title specialist and policy writer
- Administrative Assistant
3. HR and recruiting
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Recruiters and recruiters help connect people to the right job and support employees throughout their employment. HR professionals can be generalists or specialize in specific areas such as employee relations, benefit management or compensation, while recruiters specialize in finding candidates to fill vacancies.
Current remote HR and recruiting jobs:
- On-boarding coordinator
- Human Resources Data Analyst
4. Accounting and finance
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Accounting and finance professionals can process financial data, work with payables and receivables, organize financial records, and assist with tax preparation.
Recent remote accounting and finance jobs:
- Senior Tax Accountant
5. Graphic design
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Graphic designers create visual communication solutions. They translate the words and thoughts of their customers into visually appealing images.
Current Remote Graphic Design Jobs:
- Senior Store Designer
- Associate Experience Designer
- Senior Brand Designer, UX
6. Customer service
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Customer service representatives interact directly with customers for information and assistance with their questions and concerns by phone, email, chat, or mail.
Recent Remote Customer Service Orders:
- Patient navigator
- Support agent
- Customer service representative
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Authors create a variety of written materials for audiences. You can work as a writer or technical writer creating original content for websites, print media, and other media.
Recent remote write jobs:
- Mortgage reporter
- Principal Medical Writer – Phase 1 Oncology
- Social Media Relationship Manager
8. Mortgage and real estate
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When people buy or sell a property, they turn to real estate agents or mortgage lenders to guide the process. Real estate agents and mortgage experts help their clients understand the financial, legal, and underwriting aspects of real estate transfer.
Recent Remote Mortgage and Real Estate Jobs:
- Escrow Trust Accounting Representative
- Transfer coordinator 1
- Mortgage loan processors 4
9. Internet and e-commerce
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The internet and e-commerce have allowed thousands of professionals to enjoy the freedom and flexibility of working from home. There are many internet-related jobs involving information technology, web development and design, and social networking tools.
Current jobs in the field of remote internet and e-commerce:
- Marketing Manager for Search Engine Optimization
- Styling assistant
- Email Marketing Specialist
10. Project management
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Project managers create the requirements, budgets, and schedules for their company's production projects. This includes the coordination of the project flow between different departments and the cooperation with external and internal customers and suppliers.
Recent remote project management jobs:
- Project manager
- Manager – specialist in cardiovascular contracts
- Senior Program Manager
Quick tips to apply to remote jobs
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To help you find a remote job, the FlexJobs Career Coaching team recommends creating a customized cover letter and customized resume highlighting your remote work experience.
Even if you've never worked in a remote position before, you likely have remote work experience. For example, if you've worked with coworkers in an office in a different part of the state or time zone, this is considered a remote work experience. Working from home a few times, earning a degree or certification online, or doing virtual volunteering can also be considered a remote work experience.
Follow these three tips to highlight your remote work experience and talents on your resume!
1. State it clearly
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If you have specific remote work experience, make sure you include it on your resume. For example, list "Remote Work" next to your job title. For example "Director of Marketing (100% Remote Work)".
2. Describe it
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Include your remote work experience in your job descriptions. If you have any experience working remotely, make it clear. For example: "Led a team of five customer service reps in a completely remote work environment and successfully achieved an average team satisfaction rating of 94%."
If you have never worked for a remote company before, you can still describe your remote work experience in your work assignments. For example “Coordinated project meetings with employees in three different time zones”.
3. Express your skills
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Make sure you talk about the types of skills required to be a successful remote worker in your area of expertise. Some examples of desired remote working skills include:
- Time and task management
- The ability to work independently
- Convenience with technology
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