Job postings for remote work on LinkedIn are up 457%. Use this template to customize your résumé for the remote-job search.

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The option to work remotely could be a deciding factor for many job seekers this year. 

In a survey from Blind, an anonymous employee community app, 64% of employees said they would turn down a $30,000 raise if it meant not having to return to the office. A FlexJobs survey found that nearly 100% of employees would prefer to not return to the office full-time. 

Job seekers also have lots of options. According to LinkedIn, job postings on the site for remote work are up 457%. To remain competitive, job seekers will need to tailor their résumés specifically for remote work. 

"To help yourself be noticed on paper with your résumé and cover letter, tie in your skills and your experiences to the jobs you are applying for by tailoring your document," said Toni Frana, a FlexJobs career coach and team lead.

Job applicants should revise their professional summary and key-skills section for every application, using the keywords and qualifications from the job posting, Frana said. If you want to land a fully remote job, highlight skills in your résumé that are important for remote roles, she added. 

Job seekers should highlight skills such as problem solving, communication, troubleshooting, and proactivity. Include these skills in the first third of the document, she said. 

It is also important to include your level of familiarity with digital tools and communication methods for remote jobs, Frana said. Candidates should divide their technical-skills section into subheadings, to help draw attention to the tools that are especially useful for remote work — possibly adding a "remote work programs" subheading. 

Also make sure to include "remote" or "partial remote" and the percentage of time spent working remotely at past jobs. Frana told Insider any and all remote experience is worth including. 

"If you regularly follow up on emails or communicate with team members from home or after work, that is working somewhat remotely," Frana said. "That experience could count and could be something that you could certainly talk about in an interview but also point out in a résumé." 

Frana told Insider that job seekers should rely on the situation, task, action, result, or STAR, method when talking about past experiences. The STAR method helps job seekers present the assignments they completed at past jobs as accomplishments by instructing applicants to frame the situation, explain the task, expand on the action taken, and emphasize the result of that action. 

The STAR method should be used to introduce problem-solving and organizational skills that would be useful in the position you’re applying for, Frana said. 

Here’s a template that anyone can use to apply for a remote job

FlexJobs sample resume

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Rachel DuRose July 7, 2021 at 05:12PM

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