Do you want remote work as a Data Analyst?

How to position yourself to get remote work as a Data Analyst

With the rise of cloud computing, it’s easier and easier for data workers to work from home.

That doesn’t mean that all companies are on board with this idea.. yet. Firstly, you can’t work for Elon Musk, who recently said working from home was “bullshit”.

Also, Australia’s largest bank, The Commonwealth Bank is facing a massive backlash for trying to bring people back into the office, since covid.

Fortunately, there are many companies embracing the remote work culture. A report by Global Workplace Analytics found that remote tech jobs are expected to grow by 36% by 2025.

Here is the strategy:

  1. Learn remote-friendly tools

  2. Identify remote-friendly companies

  3. Search for remote jobs online

  4. Craft a remote-friendly resume

  5. Prepare for a virtual interview

1. Learn remote-friendly tools

Make sure you’re up to date with all the remote collaboration tools such as Slack, Zoom, Trello, Teams, Google Apps etc.

Normally a job will list the collaboration tools they use. Make sure you have at least downloaded and played around with them. If it’s not on your resume, they probably won’t call you.

This is pulled from a Data job ad.

No, I haven’t used half of those tools either, but if you’re going for this job you need to go to YouTube and watch some tutorials on them, and if you can download the free versions and use them, even better.

For your tools of the trade, make sure you’re focusing on all the cloud options.. i.e., Azure, AWS etc.

2. Identify remote-friendly companies

Only apply to companies that embrace remote work. There are some good lists out there, here are a few.

3. Search for remote jobs

There are specialist job boards for remote work but I found there’s still more remote jobs on traditional job boards; just add “remote”, “WFH” or “work from home” to the search phrase.

The phrase “Data Analyst Remote”, gave me these results:

Some specialty remote work sites are:

4. Craft a remote-friendly resume

Make sure you tailor your resume to the specific position you're applying for.

Highlight any remote work experience and emphasize your ability to work independently and communicate effectively.

Always, have the key words from the job description somewhere in your resume. This description is from a Remote Senior Analyst role; a lot of key words here..

5. Prepare for a virtual interview

Remote job interviews are conducted first by phone and then over video calls.

Make sure you're comfortable with this format. Test your equipment and connection beforehand, and choose a quiet, clean room.

Review these interview question and answer lists..

Getting a remote tech job can be challenging, but definitely possible!

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All the best. Shano.

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