In 2019, working online is becoming more and more common. There are perks for the employer and the employee – employers do not have to provide office space, parking, or office equipment; employees do not have to drive to work, buy a new wardrobe, or pay high gas prices. With computers and online connections becoming so commonplace, online jobs are becoming equally common so why not take advantage of it?

So how do you prepare for an online remote job? Here are some tips.

Consider a Website, Blog or LinkedIn

You can directly submit resumes online, but if you have a specific creative skill set, you can offer (and anyone searching for a job does!), then consider setting up a website or blog that has pertinent information for prospective employers to peruse. Such a site would include samples of your work, a compelling home page with an overview of your skills and experience, and contact information. If you are not ready to set up a blog to land a job, creating a LinkedIn account will offer a significant advantage for your job search. Many job applications now require you to submit your LinkedIn profile so this can also act as your website.

Focus and Refine

When you are looking for an online job, consider looking at companies you want to work and contacting the hiring manager. This is a different approach than applying for job postings. This is where having a LinkedIn account will come in handy. You can contact human resources about vacant jobs posted. Targeting a specific company and offering your skills helps refine your search to include only those types of jobs you want and those employers who are most likely to want you. You may find a page on the company’s website where you can fill out a form and provide a profile.

Social Networking

If you’re going to be working online, then it may pay to have an online presence. Online groups on LinkedIn and Facebook are helpful for exchanging business and contact information (not unlike the way people exchange business cards in real life). You can also gain pointers from thousands of people from these groups who have already worked from home!

Don’t Shy Away from Videos

Have you thought about doing a video resume, or augmenting your text resume with a video? This can act as a great way to prepare for an interview; prospective employers can see your demeanor, what you look like, your speaking style, and so forth. Consider preparing a video resume. Many work from home jobs do require a video interview so practice now! You can rehearse it until you’re comfortable being in front of the camera.