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Welcome to our Work From Home Q&A series. You ask a remote working question that is answered by a FlexJobs guest expert. Below is how to ask your own question.

This week's question comes from Kayla:

"Does the application process differ between remote jobs and the typical application process?"

Finding a remote job versus a traditional job

In general, the application process for remote jobs is the same as the typical application process. You can find remote jobs online, submit your resume and cover letter to apply, and be invited for one or more interviews before the position is potentially offered to you.

There are two differences between remote job search and traditional job search.

First, you need to be extra careful looking for remote jobs online as there are so many scams in the remote job market – and increasingly due to the pandemic and economic downturn.

Take the time to research every opportunity and company before applying and try to use reputable job search websites like FlexJobs and Remote.co that pre-screen their remote listings and employers for scams remove.

Second, in a remote job search, everything happens through email, online interaction, and over the phone. This means that you want to prepare for phone and video interviews and carefully clean up your online presence – including the email address you use, your social media accounts, and any other places you appear online.

About me

I am a career development manager and coach at FlexJobs where I help people find flexible work, including remote, part-time and freelance jobs. Before joining FlexJobs in 2010, I was a career advisor for students and alumni. I have a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management and I am a certified advanced resume writer.

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