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Remote working: how to land your next role
29 Apr 2024 | Words by the Star People Recruitment Team

Demand for remote roles continues post-pandemic. A January 2023 REC report reveals the appetite is still strong, with these sorts of vacancies accounting for 15% of all UK vacancies, and an Aviva survey found 63% of UK workers want to continue working remotely for at least part of the week, with 31% preferring to do it full-time.

Employers have taken note. A 2022 study by the IoD found that around 74% of UK employers planned to maintain or up their use of remote working practices, and a February 2023 ONS survey states that around 25% of UK employees work from home at least one day a week.

With 20+ years’ experience of helping hundreds of companies build successful workforces, we at Star People have placed thousands of candidates in their perfect jobs and have seen what it takes to stand out in the applicant pool.

Securing a remote position can be a competitive and nuanced process, so it’s important for you to put your best foot forward. Here are our top tips.

74% of UK employers planned to maintain or up their use of remote working practices in 2023

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Before you apply

Recruitment Consultant for medical devices, medtech and digital, Christian Keenan, says: “First, check with the consultant working with you before applying for the role to clarify whether it is 100% remote, or if you would be expected to be in an office environment some of the time.

“Be true to yourself and think about what ‘remote’ means to you. There are ‘remote’ roles and there are ‘hybrid’ roles. Could you be tempted to accept a new position that included one day a week in an office, or vice versa?  

“And don’t limit yourself to a particular geography – it’s a big world, and you’re potentially more likely to find a role further afield than on your doorstep!”

What experience do you have?

Emphasise any remote work experience and skills that you have. Even if you haven’t had a fully remote position before, highlight any exposure you’ve had to remote work, such as participating in virtual meetings, collaborating on shared documents, or managing projects across distributed teams.

Demonstrate your comfort with the technologies and workflows that enable remote work, like video conferencing (Microsoft Teams, Zoom, etc.), project management software, and cloud storage.

There are ‘remote’ roles and there are ‘hybrid’ roles. Could you be tempted to accept a new position that included one day a week in an office, or vice versa?

Christian Keenan

Call out your applicable skills

When you apply for a remote role, highlight your self-motivation, independence, and time management abilities. Remote work requires a high degree of autonomy, so employers want to see evidence that you can work productively with minimal supervision. Share examples of times you’ve taken initiative, met deadlines, and delivered quality work without constant oversight.

Strong communication skills are obviously important for remote roles. Explain how you maintain clear, responsive, and transparent communication, even when not physically present.

Discuss your experience using written, verbal, and visual communication to stay aligned with colleagues and keep projects on track. Emphasise your ability to articulate your ideas, provide feedback, and resolve issues remotely.

Articulate your suitability

Aside from your skills and qualifications, your personality and cultural fit with a prospective employer are critical factors. Hiring managers want to get a sense of who you are as a person and how you would contribute to their remote team dynamic.

Be specific in your application

It’s also important to do your homework and tailor your application to each specific opportunity. Ask your consultant about the company to understand their remote work policies and tools, and think about how you’d be the ideal fit. Avoid generic, one-size-fits-all applications in favour of customised materials that demonstrate your unique qualifications, applicable skills, and your genuine interest in the role.

Avoid generic, one-size-fits-all applications in favour of customised materials that demonstrate your unique qualifications

Be memorable

Don’t be afraid to get creative in how you present yourself. Many companies offering remote roles appreciate candidates who think outside the box, whether it’s submitting a video introduction or suggesting innovative ways to showcase your skills. Just make sure that any unconventional approaches still align with the company’s brand and culture.

At interview

Get across your enthusiasm for the company, the role, and the remote work model. Highlight your collaborative spirit, your willingness to jump in as a team player and help, and your ability to build remote relationships.

Recruitment Client Partner, Sarah Whitby, says: “It may seem simple but be prepared for remote elements of the interview! At least one part of the recruitment process will be remote, so check your tech, dress appropriately and make sure your background is tidy.”


Landing a remote job takes preparation, persistence, and a tailored approach. But, if you can effectively communicate your remote work experience, skills, and cultural fit, you’ll be well on your way to securing the flexible, location-independent role you’re seeking.

We wish you the best of luck in your remote job search!

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