Just like other jobs, work-at-home positions require submitting a resume. Building a work-at-home resume, however, is different than building one for a traditional position. Below is advice on crafting a resume suitable for work-at-home job applications.
1. Start with the Big Fish
Freelance jobs are often based on the previous companies applicants worked for instead of their experience. Therefore, unlike a traditional resume, the order of previous jobs does not necessarily need to be linear. Instead, the largest or most recognizable companies should be at the top of the resume. This placement of these companies will grab the employer's attention, making it more likely that you will be considered for the position.
2. Don't Be Afraid of Multiple "Currents"
Unlike traditional jobs, most work-at-home employees have several different employers. Having multiple, concurrent positions shows potential employers that you are dedicated to working even though you do so out of your home. This indicates that you are honest and trustworthy.
Additionally, employers are more likely to jump on the bandwagon if there are already other passengers. Having multiple employers indicates to new employers that your talents are widely - and easily - recognized, potentially even by competitors.
3. Mold the Resume to the Job
If you are applying for another work-at-home position, play up the fact that you have previously worked from home on your resume. The more similarities you can draw between your previous or current work and the open position, the more likely it is that you will considered for employment.
If, however, you are applying for a traditional job, it might be best to omit or play down the fact that you worked from home. In this situation, the location of your office is irrelevant to the potential employer. All the potential employer needs to know is that you have training or experience in the field. If asked, however, it is perfectly acceptable to tell the truth, but focus on your work rather than where you completed that work.
4. Show Your Variety
Every resume should reflect the breadth of an applicant's experience. Even if each and every one of your previous work-at-home jobs had you completing the same tasks, varying your resume could garner you more interest. Because of this, make sure that you do not repeat your work in a particular field more than twice. If you find that your resume makes it look as though you have only ever worked in one type of position, consider using other words for your descriptions or excluding some tasks.
5. Include Examples of Your Work
Because very few work-at-home employees ever meet their employer
face-to-face, a portfolio can function as an interview in telecommuting
applications. Oftentimes, a resume makes previous work or current
abilities too simplistic. A portfolio overcomes this aspect by providing
employers with samples of what you can produce. A portfolio can also
make you more visible in the application process. Not only will
including a portfolio set you apart from applicants who did not, but it
will also create the perception that you are more than what is contained
on your resume. This, many times, is what draws employers and results
in the extension of a job offer.