Remote Work In Finance – How to Secure Your Dream Job From Anywhere

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From financial analysts reporting that they routinely work more than 40 hours per week, to employees at investment banks clocking up an astounding 100 weekly working hours, the finance industry has always been notorious for its long working hours.

The post-pandemic rise in remote working has provided a much welcomed and long overdue shake-up to the finance industry. As well as providing huge benefits to employers who can now access a broader range of top talent while reducing office running costs, finance professionals can finally enjoy a better work-life balance.

 

How to secure your dream finance job from anywhere

  • Identify the type of role you want

The first step towards securing a remote finance job is identifying the type of role which is best suited to your goals and lifestyle. Do you want to be fully remote? Would you prefer a mix of home and office-based working? Do you want the security of being employed by a company or the flexibility of being self-employed?

  • Understand what remote employers are looking for

Working remotely requires a unique set of skills including:

  • Self-motivation – with Netflix just a click away and the garden tempting you on sunny days, self-discipline, motivation and the ability to stay focused is a critical skill for remote workers.
  • Strong communication – from emails to video calls, clear and effective communication is essential. You may need to collaborate with other employees or feed back to your employer about specific projects.
  • Good organisation – with nobody else on-site with you, it’s important that you can organise your workload by yourself.
  • Technical knowledge – remote employees use a range of tools to manage their work and communicate with their team. You should be comfortable using whichever digital tools an employer uses to manage their remote employees.

A skills assessment such as The Acuity Measure can help you to identify if you have the right skills needed for remote working.

  • Tailor your CV for a remote role

Ensure your CV highlights the skills and experience employers are looking for in remote workers. This can include the skills mentioned above, any experience you have working remotely and tools you’re familiar with that will help with remote collaboration.

  • Prepare for virtual interviews

If you’re applying for a remote role, chances are that the interview will be virtual. This can take some getting used to so preparation is key. While all the traditional interview principles still stand, you’ll also have to contend with trying to build rapport when you’re not meeting someone in person, testing your technology beforehand to ensure it works and identifying a quiet, well-lit space which is free from distractions. A potential employer wants to see that your work environment is conductive to successful remote working so it’s crucial to showcase this in your interview.

  • Enlist the help of a recruiter

Recruiters have close relationships with their clients and know exactly what they’re looking for. Using one can put you in a very strong position because employers trust their judgement and recommendations. You also have peace of mind that your recruiter will only put you forward for roles they think you’re genuinely suited to.

For help finding your next remote finance role, get in touch with Acuity Associates today.

 

 

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