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If you’re looking to write a request to work remotely, then this article is for you. We’re going to cover how to write all parts of a request to work remotely, including examples/templates for asking your manager to work from home, email subject lines, and more.

Don’t send your remote work request letter before reading these tips…

Can I Ask My Job to Work Remotely?

Every worker can ask their employer to work remotely. However, you should first determine if your job duties can be performed remotely full-time without harming your performance. Some jobs, like a nurse or security guard , require your physical presence and simply can’t be performed from home. So the first step in getting to work from home is finding a role that allows it. Also, consider whether your company is already allowing other employees to work from home on a full-time basis, or somewhat regularly. If so, the employer is more likely to consider your request, too.

It’s still worth sending a request to work remotely even if other employees aren’t being allowed to do so. You could be the trailblazer for your company or organization in this regard. But it’s a better sign if other people in your company are already working from home.

Next, let’s look at some steps and samples for how to write your remote work request letter.

How Do You Write a Request to Work Remotely?

To write your request to begin working remotely, consider your manager’s perspective and write a compelling letter that shows how you’ll continue being productive (or possibly become more productive) when working from home.

Make sure you’re saying, “You” in the letter, not just “I”.

For example:

“I’m confident that while working from home, I’ll produce more work for you, and better-quality work, because <reasons>.”

Keep your letter relatively short. Writing more content won’t necessarily boost your odds of hearing “yes” from your boss when you ask to go remote. Also, consider using your letter/email to simply begin the conversation, and then follow up with an in person meeting. You may have more success in finalizing a work-from-home request if you speak to your boss in person.

Coming up, we’ll look at multiple examples of both a temporary request to work from home, and how to request to work from home permanently. You’re also more likely to hear “yes” to your remote work request if you first request a trial period where you work from home for just one or two days per week.  Then, you can move to working from home regularly all five days per week later. I’ll share email templates for that, too.

Sample Letters and Email Templates to Ask to Work Remotely

Sample email #1 requesting to work from home regularly:.

Hello <Manager’s name>, I’m writing to ask about the possibility of working from home in my current role. I’m excited about how the role is going and I’m enjoying the work. Yet I believe that I would be more productive for you without my lengthy commute <or insert other reason you’d be more productive at home>. I already have a quiet, organized home office space set up. I’d also be able to come into the office on an as-needed basis, for meetings, projects, etc. Is this something you would be open to discussing further? Best regards, <Your name>

Sample email #2 requesting to work from home regularly:

Hello <Manager’s name>, I was hoping to discuss the possibility of working remotely in my current role. I’m excited about the work I’m doing, how the role is going, and what I’m learning. Yet I believe I’d be even more productive and focused at home, and I’d be able to spend more time producing work for you if I weren’t commuting each morning and evening. Is remote work something you would be open to discussing further? Thanks, <Your name>

Consider Requesting to Work Remotely with a Shorter First Email

In general, managers don’t love surprises. Whether you’re resigning, asking to change teams, or in this case, submitting your request to work from home regularly, it’s best to ease them into the idea. So while I provided full employee email examples above to go remote, I want to show you an alternate approach, too.

With this gradual approach, you would write an email request to start a dialogue and then continue the conversation in person or over the phone. You’ll want to slightly vary your request depending on if other team members are already remote or not. See the example emails below for how to write your email request.

Example email if coworkers are already working remotely:

Hello <Manager’s name>, I’ve noticed some team members in this department work remotely, so I wanted to ask if there’s a process in place for achieving this or requesting this. I believe that working remotely would allow me to be more productive and focused for you, and I’d be able to work more hours as well since I wouldn’t be commuting each day. Is this something we could discuss further, perhaps over the phone or face to face in the office? Best regards, <Your name>

Example email if nobody in the company works remotely yet:

Hello <Manager’s name>, Is there a process by which an employee can request to work remotely for <Company Name>? It’s an idea that has interested me for a while, and I think working remotely would allow me to be more productive and focused. I’d love to discuss further with you, perhaps on a call or face to face in the office. Best regards, <Your name>

Tip: Request a Partial Remote Work Arrangement First

One tip for how to convince a company to let you work remotely is to ask to work only a few days per week from home to start, and then gradually transition into full-time remote work. Instead of sending a request letter asking to work remotely 100% of the time, you could begin by suggesting you work from home occasionally.

For example, Tuesdays and Thursdays (or two other days per week).

I like Tuesday and Thursday so that your boss and colleagues won’t think you’re trying to get an extended weekend by working from home. Once you begin working remotely, make sure your productivity is HIGHER than normal. Show them beyond any doubt that you can work effectively even when not in the office. Participate in company email chains and chat programs to show you’re at the computer and not taking advantage of being at home, etc. Eliminate all distractions and background noise for video calls and phone calls.

Make it undeniable that you’re productive at home. Then, after a few months, you can send a follow-up letter requesting to work from home regularly (using the sample letters above). While this two-step method takes longer, it’ll likely boost your odds of securing a full-time remote work arrangement that you can stick with permanently.

Sample letter/template for asking to work from home on a partial basis:

Hello <Manager’s name>, I was hoping to discuss the possibility of working remotely in my current role. I’m excited about the work I’m doing, how the role is going, and what I’m learning. Yet I believe that I would be more productive for you and more focused at home without my lengthy commute <or insert other reason you’d be more productive at home>. I already have a quiet, organized home office space set up, too. Is remote work something you would be open to discussing further? Perhaps I could begin with just two days per week to determine whether my productivity levels are indeed higher. If so, we could discuss how I can continue working remotely. Best regards, <Your name>

Include a Remote Work Proposal with Your Request Letter

To gather more tips for this article, I spoke to remote job coach Jordan Carroll. He recommends going one step beyond an email or letter and also providing your employer with a remote work proposal. The purpose of the remote work proposal is to expand and elaborate on your work-from-home plan. You want to leave your manager with fewer questions, address potential obstacles/concerns, etc.

Your remote work proposal should include (but not be limited to) the following points:

  • Success Criteria : Be clear on what defines success, how it’s measured, and when you will review your numbers and accomplishments. Think about what reporting measurements you currently use in your day-to-day job and make reasonable estimates about when and what will be accomplished from home.
  • Contingency Plans : Be proactive in proposing a back-up plan for any obstacles that may arise. If (Situation A) happens, then we will (Solution A). Provide examples for as many situations as you can think of, within reason. Think about your role and what comes up in your day-to-day workload that would need contingencies, and address those scenarios in your proposal.
  • Benefits of Remote Work : What are the driving factors and benefits you are aiming to get from this experience? How would your work improve? Listing specific circumstances that are driving your request will help your management empathize.
  • Communication Cadence : If your current manager is used to seeing you in the office every day, not having you physically there will be an adjustment on their part. Provide a proposed cadence for when you’ll communicate and how (phone, Zoom, online chat, etc.) Providing your company with a schedule that you plan to stick to also helps your manager understand how you plan to structure your new freedom while still maintaining productivity.

Request to Work from Home When Your Work is Already Going Well

If you’re requesting permanent remote work, keep in mind that you’ll boost your chances if you wait until you’re performing well in the role. Also, wait until you’ve been in the role for at least a few months before you submit your letter asking to work remotely. If you look at the first two email templates above for submitting a request to work from home regularly, you’ll see a mention of how you feel the role is going well. This is by design. If you want to land permanent remote work from the start of a role, then you should ideally be asking about the topic in the job interview. By asking in the interview, you can identify potential employer concerns, address them, and gauge whether this company will ever let you work remotely. Some employers simply aren’t open to remote work. Many companies are coming around to the idea, and it’s not such a delicate subject lately, but some employers still have possible concerns or policies against remote work.

Email vs. Letter vs. Conversation: The Best Way to Ask to Work From Home

Play to your strengths when you ask to work from home. Above, I mentioned some advantages to asking in person versus through email. However, if you’re someone who is a lot more comfortable via email, then this is a good choice, too. Perhaps you feel you’ll be more effective and organized in making your arguments through writing. In this case, it’s wise to craft an email outlining all of the reasons you’d like to work from home. Plus, with email, you can wait a day, go back and re-read it, and ask a family member for their opinion, before you press “send.” If you say something in a live conversation, you cannot take it back. Still, a manager will appreciate you being up-front and discussing this in person with them, so weigh the pros and cons of each option as you decide how to submit your request.

Email Subject Lines to Request to Work from Home

If you opt to put send your work-from-home request via email, choose a simple email subject line such as:

  • Work arrangement question
  • Work question
  • Question for you

Each company has different procedures and expectations when it comes to email communication and email subject lines, so if in doubt, follow your company’s internal guidelines. If you’re not sure what subject line to use and your company does not specify in their official documentation/guidelines exactly how you must write your emails, you can use the subject lines above.

Note that you can also use one of the subject lines above if emailing your human resources department to ask to work from home. However, I recommend first asking your direct manager for permission to work remotely. Working remotely will impact your manager and team most directly, so this is a request that you should send directly to your manager when possible.

Sample Letters Requesting to Work From Home Temporarily

You may find yourself wanting to send a request to work from home temporarily, for personal reasons, health reasons, family issues, etc. You can use the two templates below to help write your email or letter to request temporary remote work.

Sample request to work from home temporarily (personal health issues):

Hello <Manager’s name>, I wanted to ask whether it would be possible for me to work from home temporarily for health reasons, for approximately <number of days/weeks/months>. I’m working on resolving a personal health issue and it would help me greatly if I could work remotely during this period. I’d maintain the same work hours and quality of work, and would be available online for check-in calls, meetings, and all of the other conversations that occur throughout my workday in the office. Best regards, <Your name>

Sample request to work from home temporarily (family issues):

Hello <Manager’s name>, Would it be possible to work remotely on a temporary basis, for <number of days/weeks/months>? I’m in the midst of a family emergency, and while I would maintain the same work hours and quality of work, it would help me greatly to be able to do so from home for this period of time. I’m happy to discuss further or clarify anything needed. Best regards, <Your name>

What to Do if Your Remote Work Request is Denied

Even if you’ve done amazing work for the past year or more, written the perfect email and subject line to request to work from home, and highlighted multiple strong points and arguments, there’s no guarantee you’ll hear “yes”.

No matter what your manager says to your request to work from home, try not to show disappointment in the meeting, and definitely don’t show anger. If the lack of remote work options is a deal-breaker for you, then you can quietly conduct a job search and look to move on when you’re ready. Sometimes, it’s easier to find a fully-remote job than trying to convert your current in-office position into a remote one. This is especially true if none of your coworkers are currently able to work from home.

However, starting a job search is a drastic option, so first, you could also ask your manager a few open-ended questions, such as:

  • “What is your main concern when it comes to me working remotely?”
  • “I see. Why is that?”

You can’t respond and continue making your case if you don’t understand their objection first. Asking open-ended, non-threatening questions can be a fantastic way to negotiate and move the conversation forward. If no one in your company has ever worked remotely, your manager may just be caught off-guard by the idea and need some time and discussion to start seeing the benefits. As one more option, if your boss isn’t open to letting you go remote, but you know other departments/teams in the company are partially or fully remote, you can request a transfer.

If you follow the tips above, you’ll have a professional, formal work-from-home request, whether you’re hoping to work remotely regularly or temporarily. While some companies won’t offer permanent remote work, more and more employers are becoming open to the idea and therefore, it can’t hurt to ask! Remember to lay out why a remote work arrangement would be beneficial to the employer, and consider starting out by sending a trial basis request where you ask to work from home for two days per week.

That strategy will give you the greatest chance of achieving the dream of working from home and the better work-life balance that comes with it. And if you hear “no” don’t get discouraged. You may simply be up against a company’s culture and old-school mindset. Or a particular manager who doesn’t believe in allowing remote work. Sometimes, you’ll need to change jobs to find the remote work arrangement you seek. At least you asked and found out before making a big change!

Further reading: Highest-paying remote jobs.

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Work from home request email samples for 16 situations

Last updated: September 21, 2023

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Writing a work from home request email is not as daunting as it seems! However, it’s important to get it right and there are a few key points to remember when drafting these messages. 

I’ve written a collection of work from home request email samples for different hypothetical situations below, followed by some general tips on how to approach writing them.

Feel free to copy these email templates or use them as a starting point for drafting a message that better fits your personal situation.

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Email requests to work from home for one day (planned)

Subject: Work from home request for [date]

Tradespeople

I have organized for [tradesperson] to visit my property to [fix/assess/build, etc.] on [date].

Would it be possible for me to work from home on that day so I can let the [tradesperson] in and be there while they carry out their work? It was unfortunately not possible to organize an appointment outside of office hours. 

I don’t anticipate any disruption to my normal output and I will be available at all times for calls and meetings as usual. 

Transportation

I urgently need to take my car to a mechanic for repairs. The nature of the repair means I will have to leave it in the shop all day on [date]. 

It will take me several hours to get to the office using public transit. Would it be possible for me to work from home that day instead? 

I’m confident there’ll be no disruption to my work but please let me know if there are specific tasks you would like me to work on if I am working remotely. 

My child’s daycare center is closed on [date] due to [issue]. It’s not possible for me to find alternative arrangements before that day, so is it OK if I work from home? [Child’s name] knows not to disturb me when I am in the home office unless it’s an emergency, so there will be no disruption to any of the work I have planned.

If it’s helpful, I’ll be able to start a little earlier given that I won’t be commuting in.  

Productivity

Would it be possible to work from home on [date]? The deadline for [project] is fast approaching and I’m confident that I can get through [critical work] more productively at home. 

I’ll make sure to organize all necessary meetings with the team before that day so that me working remotely won’t create any bottlenecks. I’ll also be available for calls at any time. 

I will be traveling [to/from destination] immediately after work on [date]. Would it be possible for me to work remotely on that day so that I can avoid the city traffic and get away more quickly?

I had already planned a deep-focus day on [date] to catch up on administrative work, which means I have no client meetings booked. I’ll be available for calls at any time as usual.

Email requests to work from home for one day (unplanned)

Subject: Work from home request due to [emergency/unexpected incident]

Is it possible to work from home [today/tomorrow]? The storm here is worse than forecast and I don’t feel safe driving to the office in these conditions. 

I have everything I need at home to ensure that I will be equally as productive here as in the office. I will be available during my normal office hours and will make up time this evening/this weekend should we [lose power/internet/etc.].

My car would not start this morning. I have called an emergency mechanic but they are unable to attend until later this afternoon. 

Is it possible for me to work from home today (I already have my work laptop with me)? I think this makes more sense than taking public transit which will eat plenty of time into the morning. 

Would it be OK if I worked from home today? I am feeling well enough to work but I have a persistent cough and do not want to pass whatever I have on to anyone else. 

I expect to be back in the office tomorrow but will of course let you know as soon as possible if anything changes.

Unfortunately my child is not well so I will be unable to drop [him/her] off at daycare as usual. I am not able to arrange alternative childcare at such short notice, so is it possible for me to work from home today?

I anticipate that [my child]’s day will consist of Disney movies in bed, so I am not anticipating any disruption to my work. 

I hope this is OK – please do call me as soon as possible if there are any issues.

Personal reasons (unspecified)

I would greatly appreciate being allowed to work from home today. I understand that it is difficult to justify without giving a specific reason, but I have a personal matter that requires urgent attention. 

I am happy to provide more information to HR if required, and I expect to return to the office tomorrow. 

Email requests to work from home for more than one day (planned)

Subject: Work from home request from [date] to [date]

Remote work test period

I am writing to request a change to my normal working conditions to allow me to work remotely.

My role does not require regular in-person meetings with either clients or other colleagues, and I believe the quality of life improvements that working from home would provide will make me feel even more engaged with my work.

While I would ultimately like to transition to a role that is permanently remote, I think it would be a good idea to test the arrangement and reassess after a short period of time. I am also happy to discuss a hybrid schedule, if you feel that may work better for the team.

I have everything I need at home and I am confident that I can be just as, if not more productive, in a remote working environment.

Please let me know when would be a good time to discuss this further.

I am writing to request permission to work from home during the school holiday period from [date] to [date].

Childcare in this area is prohibitively expensive and, while my oldest son is mature enough to look after his younger brother most of the time, neither of them can be left alone for the whole day. 

I have made it clear to my children that I am not to be disturbed while working from home unless it is an emergency (I have the working from home – do not disturb sign ready!), so I do not expect there to be any disruption to my usual output.

I am writing to ask for permission to work remotely while I am visiting my parents upstate from [date] to [date]. 

My parents’ house has a home office and fiber internet, so I am confident there will be no interruptions to my normal work schedule during this period. 

Should my request be approved, I will make all necessary arrangements with my team to ensure my temporary absence from the office does not create any bottlenecks for them. 

I’ll be available for all internal meetings as usual while away. 

Email requests to work from home for more than one day (unplanned)

Bereavement.

As you know, a close family member passed away earlier this week. It is a difficult time for my me and my partner and I would like to help [him/her] as much as possible while we make necessary arrangements   

I would be grateful if I were allowed to work from home for [the next few days] so that I can support my partner while she is not working.

This will not affect my own work or that of my team during this period, and I will be available for calls as usual. 

Accessibility

I am writing to request permission to work from home for the next [X] weeks as I am currently immobile due to [specify if you consider it appropriate, otherwise simply state ‘due to an injury’]. 

I have been advised by the doctor to avoid any unnecessary journeys until my orthopedic cast can be safely removed on [date]. 

I am confident that this will not affect my productivity at all and I will be available for calls and virtual meetings at any time as usual. 

As you may know, I am currently undergoing treatment for a chronic illness. 

As a result of my treatment, my immune system is currently weakened and, as such, I do not feel safe working in a busy office environment. 

I would be grateful if you could consider granting me permission to work remotely until this stage of my treatment has been completed. 

Thankfully, I am not experiencing any unexpected side effects and so I do not anticipate the quality of my work being affected in any way. 

Tips for requesting to work from home

Here are a few general pointers for writing your own work from home email requests.

Don’t assume anything

It’s important to make it clear that you understand a decision has not already been made, even if you believe you have an obvious justification for working remotely. 

Be persuasive, but don’t assume that your manager or other decision makers will see your point of view as clearly as you do.

Explain enough, but not too much

This is, in my opinion, a good rule of thumb for any HR related communication you have with your employer. 

It’s not up to you to describe the intricacies of your personal dilemmas to your managers, and a sensible manager will also not be asking to hear them. 

You should also make sure you are up to speed with any relevant regulations governing sensitive situations.

For disabilities, for example, a good starting point for gathering information to support your request is your company’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) documentation: Remote work can be considered as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA .

Being polite yet concise becomes easier once you have built up a level of trust with your line managers, your team, and HR. 

Show you’ve thought about the wider impact

Most of us work as part of a team, so any change to your working arrangements will have a knock on effect for your colleagues. 

It’s good remote work etiquette to address this in your work from home request: Show you are aware that it’s not all about you. 

If you’re requesting long-term remote work privileges, suggest an initial trial period. After all,  living alone and working from home , can take some getting used to.

Give a little

Going above and beyond when working remotely can sometimes set a bad precedent where that output becomes expected rather than a bonus. 

However, if you are able to sweeten the deal by offering to take on some unpopular work, extra hours, or making any sacrifice of some sort, you may have more luck getting your request approved.

Use these requests sparingly

Some last minute work from home excuses can be used more than once, but you should be careful about using any of them too often. 

If you’re genuinely too ill to work effectively, for example, then calling in sick when working remotely is the more sensible option.

Like the boy who cried wolf, you don’t want to be in a situation where you genuinely need permission to work remotely but can’t get it because management doesn’t trust you.

Never use a colleague’s situation to justify your request

I’ve been in situations before where colleagues in the same job role as me – literally performing the exact same tasks with the same expectations and KPIs – have been permitted to work from home but I wasn’t.

This seems mighty unfair (and in my case it was), but you should never assume that you are eligible for certain privileges just because someone else is.

You never know what personal issues other colleagues have that have resulted in their unique arrangement and it’s none of your business, either.

Make sure your request to work remotely is justified in and of itself, rather than simply because ‘other people get to work from home’.

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Remote Work Junkie.

How to Write a Cover Letter for Remote Jobs (With Templates)

application letter for work from home

Just when you think your remote job application is complete, you notice one last requirement: the dreaded cover letter. Your mind starts racing. 

How long should your cover letter be? Should you talk about past work experiences in your cover letter, or should you reserve more space on your resume for those? What do you write in a cover letter for remote work if you’ve never had a remote job?

The anxiety is enough to make you want to quit applying altogether. But when you know how to write a cover letter for remote jobs , you’ll feel less intimidated by the requirement and will likely be a stronger candidate for a position. 

You’ve probably noticed that some hiring portals allow you to skip the cover letter step, but that can be a mistake. When written and edited correctly, your cover letter is a unique opportunity to highlight qualifications the rest of your application might not reveal.

And, when it comes to remote work, these letters give you a chance to show off your skills and knowledge in remote-first environments . Here’s what you need to know about getting started on your draft.

Why a Cover Letter for Remote Jobs Matters

Submitting a good cover letter can boost your candidacy for any job, but it can be especially useful when applying for remote work. Here are a few of the reasons your cover letter can help you snag a dream role:

  • Cover letters prove your passion. Even if you’re competing against candidates with similar resumes, a cover letter can convince employers you’re the best person for the job. It’s your chance to demonstrate interest and expertise in your field beyond basic work experience.  And you can tell your story about why you find value in working from home.
  • Cover letters show off your personality. In the world of remote work, there are no team lunches or post-shift happy hours for getting to know people (Although there are some cool virtual happy hour ideas and options). Video calls and chat platforms are helpful replacements for in-person socializing, but a cover letter can give future coworkers a glimpse of who you are and what you’ll contribute to team culture. 
  • Cover letters highlight “soft skills.” Succeeding at work is about more than hitting your quarterly goals. You can use a cover letter to explain your team-management philosophies, your ideas for troubleshooting problems, and even your strategies for remote work and collaboration. After all, a hiring manager for remote roles will want to know you can be productive outside of a traditional office. 
  • Cover letters lay the groundwork for remote-first. Not sure if company leaders will allow you to work remotely? Here’s your chance to explain why you want to be remote-first , and you can assure managers that you’re a valuable team member in or out of an office. 

How long should a cover letter be?

You’re writing a letter, not a novel. The ideal cover letter should be about half a page or up to one page. Typically, this falls under 500 total words, but there is no exact word amount you need to stick by. Just note that you won’t need to write a cover letter that’s longer than one page.

That may not sound like a lot of space, but you can say a lot in just a single page. Skip the filler and just be direct.

Will employers consider you without a cover letter? 

You may be considered for a job without a cover letter, but if you have the chance to submit one, it often helps to do so. Going the extra mile in your application, whether for a remote job or in-office position, will give you the best advantage to snag an interview.

This is your chance to highlight everything your resume can’t, so instead of viewing cover letters as an unnecessary requirement, look at them as an opportunity.

What You Should Include in a Cover Letter for a Remote Job

Just as every job is different, every cover letter will be a little different too. However, it will be helpful to include a few key elements in your letter no matter which role you’re in the running for.

However, with any remote job or hybrid opportunity, there are some extra things you want to include to show your skills and value.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the company. It’s not a good idea to blindly recycle the same cover letter over and over again—you can and should tailor your writing to the company you’re applying to. Loopcv recommends researching the company before writing, and then you can personalize your letter for that business specifically. 
  • Fill in details about your work history. Resumes are helpful, but they can’t reveal everything about you. Your cover letter is the perfect place to elaborate on important parts of your resume or add information on past experiences. If you’ve worked remotely in the past, ensure to highlight that experience and skills to effectively do your job.
  • Underline your own value. A resume alone isn’t enough to make you a top candidate. Think about what makes you the single best person for this particular job, and spell that out in your letter. 
  • Remind the hiring manager that you understand remote work. Wanting to work remotely isn’t something you need to apologize for, but you can use your cover letter to highlight your remote-first skills. Reserve space in your letter to discuss remote work’s benefits for you and your productivity . 
  • Specific skills that demonstrate you can handle remote work . Whether you have or have not worked remotely, include any skills or examples that would apply to being a successful remote employee. The best areas to think about would be communication, organization, time management, team alignment, and autonomy to get tasks done.
  • Tell the company what you can do for them. Already have big ideas for a new role? Don’t be shy about them! A cover letter offers a venue to share these ideas, proving you’re ready to hit the ground running in a new job.

How to Write a Cover Letter for Remote Jobs

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When you organize your thoughts and plan your cover letters correctly, they can become less of a chore. Here’s how to write your next cover letter for remote work. 

1. Do your research before writing.

When it comes to cover letters, Western Carolina University notes, specificity is better . Remember to research your company and potential role, and use your letter itself to explain why you’re a great fit for both. 

Things you can do include analyzing the company website, looking at their social media company handles, thoroughly reading the remote job listing, listening to podcasts of company leaders, etc.

2. Create an outline of key points.

Whether you want to talk about remote experiences, explain a highlight of your resume, or share ideas you have for the job, you should plan how and where these points will fit into your draft.

By having these written down ahead of time, you can start to craft your main narrative when you introduce yourself and where your top experiences or ideas can naturally fit in.

3. Call out specific skills that relate to remote work.

As alluded to in the previous section, you definitely want to include skills that show you can handle remote work. Use this time to demonstrate skills that apply to areas of the job you’re applying for, and tie it back to remote work.

An example could be a project you took ownership of and gave detailed project updates to the team to meet an aggressive goal.

That would cover self-ownership, strong communication, and organization in just one highlight. This can show your job-related skills and how you crushed this project while working remotely.

4. Provide any resume clarifications.

Sometimes, you may have something on your resume that could be deemed a red flag. Maybe you had a gap in employment or a very short stint at a specific employer. While it does not have to mean something bad happened, why let a hiring manager or recruiter start to wonder?

Instead, use your cover letter to call out anything that could be questioned, but isn’t explainable via the resume alone.

5. Write and review.

Don’t click the submit button the second you’re done writing! Reread your letter and, if possible, ask a friend or significant other to read it too. Grammar errors and oversights can be easy to miss in your own work, so it’s always better to get an extra set of eyes on the cover letter. 

6. Send the letter and save it for future reference.

Even though it’s not a good idea to recycle the exact same cover letter, you may want to refer to your letter later if you are offered interviews . (Or, you might want to grab some highlights to rework into future letters.)

Personally, I’ve saved one version of a cover letter that I could clone and edit with updated language as needed. This saves time from completely starting from scratch, and sometimes it would not need a major rewrite. Work smarter, not harder (;

Remote Job Cover Letter Templates

There’s no one way to write a cover letter for a remote job, but starting with a template can be a helpful springboard. Here are two variations you are welcome to copy and use to help you fill in the content.

One is a bit more informal and the other is more traditional. Either can work well, just include the best details about you and your skills as you can.

Remote Job Cover Letter Template 1

Dear [Hiring Manager Name] , This is your Introductory Paragraph , where you will briefly introduce yourself and mention the role you’re applying to. You can also briefly state the reasons you’re a good fit.  Your Work Experiences Paragraph is the place to highlight key parts of your resume. Remember that if you’ve done your homework on the company, you’ll have a good idea of what they need in a job candidate, so you can emphasize relevant history here.   Finally, you’ll look to the future in the Why-Hire Paragraph. Here’s where you get specific about what you can do for the company, and you can also discuss the benefits of remote work for both you and them.  End the letter politely with a quick Call to Action Paragraph , letting the employer know you’re looking forward to chatting more about the role.  Sincerely,  [Your Name and Contact Info] 

Remote Job Cover Letter Template 2

[Date] [Hiring manager’s name] [Company name] Dear Hiring manager name, Introduce yourself here and refer to the remote job that you’re applying for. Share why this position was interesting to you and what excited you about the company. Good time to show the research you did in this opener. Highlight your qualifications, how you align with the role, and your experiences working remotely. Try to include a few examples that tie to the needs of the job role and how you handle remote work. Specific projects, your impact, or results will be great to highlight in bullet points here as well. Reminder, use specific keywords or language that is similar to the remote job listing. This shows you read it in detail and align with the requirements of the job. Before drawing to a close, call out any questionable areas of your resume. If you don’t have any, then go right into why you are the candidate over the others applying for the job. As you end your cover letter, thank the recipient for taking the time to read your letter and reiterate your excitement to learn about the next steps for this job. You can also link to any personal website, online portfolio, or LinkedIn profile at this time as well. Thanks,  Your Name

Whether you’re currently applying to remote jobs or are only considering a career shift, it’s important to know what you want from a new role and what you can bring to it.

By planning how to write a cover letter for your next remote job , you’ll position yourself as a stronger candidate for any job you’re considering.  

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Professional Work from Home Cover Letter Examples for 2024

Your work from home cover letter needs to immediately highlight your self-discipline. Employers look for evidence that you can manage your time effectively without direct supervision. Furthermore, emphasize your strong communication skills in your cover letter. It’s crucial you can demonstrate your ability to collaborate remotely with a diverse team.

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Embarking on your remote job hunt, you've hit a snag: the work from home cover letter. It's not just a repeat of your resume but a chance to spotlight your proudest professional moment. Avoid the clichés and keep it formal yet personal, telling a compelling story within a concise one-page limit. Crafting this focal piece of your application can be tricky, but with the right guidance, you'll turn this challenge into your standout moment.

  • Create a work from home cover letter to persuade the recruiters you're the best candidate for the role;
  • Use industry-leading work from home cover letter templates and examples to save time;
  • Dedicate your work from home cover letter space to your best achievement;
  • Make sure your work from home cover letter meets recruiters' expectations and standards.

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  • Demonstrating relevant experience: The cover letter specifically highlights the candidate's previous work with industry leaders like Apple and Mapbox, showcasing experience directly related to the role and emphasizing previous leadership and product development roles.
  • Quantifying achievements: By citing specific examples of how the candidate improved productivity and efficiency, such as increasing team productivity by 10% and reducing processing times by 35%, the cover letter effectively demonstrates a history of measurable successes.
  • Leadership and team management: The candidate mentions managing a diverse and distributed team of specialists, which shows capability in handling the complexities of team coordination, a vital skill for a Senior Product Manager position.
  • Alignment with company goals: The cover letter makes a point of aligning the candidate's skills and experience with the goals of the prospective employer, suggesting a seamless fit and readiness to contribute to the organization's success.

Standard formatting for your work from home cover letter

Structure your work from home cover letter, following industry-leading advice, to include:

  • Header - with your name, the role you're applying for, the date, and contact details;
  • Greeting - make sure it's personalized to the organization;
  • Introduction paragraph - no more than two sentences;
  • Body paragraph - answering why you're the best candidate for the role;
  • Closing paragraph - ending with a promise or a call to action;
  • Signature - now that's optional.

Set up your work from home cover letter for success with our templates that are all single-spaced and have a one-inch margin all around.

Use the same font for your work from home cover as the one in your resume (remember to select a modern, Applicant Tracker System or ATS favorites, like Raleway, Volkhov, or Chivo instead of the worn-out Times New Roman).

Speaking of the ATS, did you know that it doesn't scan or assess your cover letter? This document is solely for the recruiters.

Our builder allows you to export your work from home cover letter in the best format out there: that is, PDF (this format keeps your information intact).

The top sections on a work from home cover letter

Header with Contact Information: Include your name, address, phone number, and email so the recruiter can easily contact you. This header mirrors a professional business letter and sets the tone for the communication.

Opening Greeting: Start with a professional salutation, using the recruiter's name if known, to personalize the cover letter and show that you've researched the company.

Introduction with Remote Work Highlight: In your intro, mention your specific interest in a work-from-home role and briefly highlight your experience or suitability for remote work to immediately establish relevance.

Body with Remote Work Skills and Experience: Detail your remote work experience, communication skills, self-discipline, and any tools or technologies you are proficient in that are crucial for remote collaboration, to convey your capability for the role.

Closing with a Call to Action: End with a confident statement expressing your eagerness to discuss how your remote work experience and skills make you an ideal candidate, and provide a call to action, such as suggesting a meeting or phone call.

Key qualities recruiters search for in a candidate’s cover letter

  • Proven self-discipline and time-management skills: demonstrates the ability to stay focused and maintain productivity without direct supervision.
  • Experience with remote collaboration tools: shows proficiency in using software and technology necessary for communication and project management in a virtual environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills: crucial for clear and concise remote interactions.
  • A dedicated home office setup: indicates professionalism and readiness to work without disruptions.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities: important for overcoming remote work challenges independently.
  • Previous remote work experience: suggests adaptability and understanding of remote work dynamics and requirements.

How to start your work from home cover letter: with a greeting, of course

Have you ever considered just how powerful a personalized salutation can be?

We sure have news for you! Your work from home cover letter should start with the right salutation to recruiters, nurturing a sense of respect and individuality.

Greet recruiters by using their first name (e.g. "Dear Tom" or "Dear Patricia") if you've previously established contact with them.

Otherwise, opt out for the less familiar, "Dear Ms. Peaches" or "Dear Ms Kelsey", if you've found the recruiter's name on LinkedIn or a corporate website.

"To whom it may concern" is never a good option, as it creates a sense that you've been sending out your work from home cover letter to anyone. Instead, use "Dear HR team" or "Dear (company name) recruiter" for a feeling of exclusivity.

List of salutations you can use

  • Dear Hiring Manager,
  • Dear [Company Name] Team,
  • Dear [Department] Team,
  • Dear Mr./Ms. [Last Name],
  • Dear [First Name] [Last Name],
  • Dear [Job Title] Search Committee,

The work from home cover letter introduction: focusing on your unique value, with a creative twist

You are not the only one wondering how to start your work from home cover letter. Those first two sentences introduce your profile and should be memorable.

No pressure.

When beginning your work from home cover letter , immediately point out the unique value of working with you. In other words, what you promise to bring to the role by using your past track record of success.

Start your work from home cover letter with a creative twist by telling a joke or stating something relatable. Select this type of introduction only if it aligns with the company culture.

Storytelling in the middle (or body) of your work from home cover letter

You've got your whole resume sorted, detailing your achievements and skills. What else can you write in your work from home cover letter ?

For starters, take the time to re-assess the job requirements and re-discover the most crucial skills and requirements (or keywords).

After making a list of these important keywords, look back on your experience to select just one of your past accomplishments.

Choose the achievement that is the most noteworthy, relevant to the role, and matches the required skills.

Use the next between three and six paragraphs to narrate how:

  • you've grown your skill set, thanks to your achievement;
  • you'd use the know-how you've gained in your new role;
  • your accomplishment could help your potential employers grow.

Remember that recruiters don't need a retelling of your whole resume, but want to find out what makes you, you.

Ending your work from home cover letter to avoid "Sincerely yours"

Yes, this sort of closing statement may work best before your signature.

But you want to give recruiters something more with your work from home cover letter ending .

Some professionals choose to go down the path of promises. In a single sentence, they map out what they'd bring about to the role (whether that's a particular technical skill set or personal traits).

Others, decide to be more concrete by thanking recruiters for their time and prompting for their next interview.

Whatever path you choose, remember to always be polite and respectful of the opportunity you've had. Good manners go a long way.

What could you write about in your work from home cover letter when you have no experience

Candidates with zero professional experience often struggle to write their work from home cover letter .

You may lack experience, but your application could still be impressive when you focus on your strengths.

Consider your most relevant talents (and/or one achievement) that align with the role and help you stand out.

Perhaps you spent every summer volunteering at your local dog pound - think of the job-relevant skills this experience taught you.

Sharing your tangible career goals is another good strategy to stand out.

Key takeaways

Winning recruiters over shouldn't be difficult if you use your work from home cover letter to tell a story that:

  • Is personalized by greeting your readers and focusing on key job skills greets;
  • Isn't spread all over the place, but instead focuses on one key achievement and selling your value as a professional;
  • Introduces your enthusiasm for the role, passion for the job, or creativity in communication;
  • Is also visually appealing - meeting the best HR practices;
  • Ends with a nod to the future and how you envision your growth, as part of the company.

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Work From Home Cover Letter: The Foolproof Template That Gets Results

posted on May 8, 2019

Need to write a work from home cover letter? Use this formula for creating a foolproof work from home cover letter every time!

As a career coach , I often get asked whether work from home cover letters are even important anymore. Do hiring managers actually read them? Are they a waste of time in a world of online applications?

You might not like the answer, but honestly, as a remote job seeker, your cover letter is REALLY important. 

Since remote hiring often takes place virtually via phone calls, online chats, emails, or video meetings, you don’t always get a chance to let your personality shine like you would in real life. That’s where a work from home cover letter can really come in handy. 

A well written work from home cover letter can: 

  • Position you as the perfect fit for a posted job 
  • Show how you align with the company’s goals, missions, and/or values 
  • Highlight experiences that you want to show off 
  • Explain any gaps in employment on your resume or any other situations that require an explanation 
  • Give you a chance to ask for an interview 

Keep in mind, a cover letter isn’t just a letter saying you want a job you saw online. It’s an opportunity for you to introduce yourself to a hiring manager.

When the first set of eyes find their way to your cover letter, it’s to gain some insight into your personality and way of thinking on the job. This helps them visualize whether or not they can ‘see’ you fitting into the company and particular role you’re applying for.

If they see you as a match, woohoo, you get that interview you’re after. If not, you’re cast into the ‘no’ pile, never to be heard from again. Your cover letter is your first impression. Make it count.

Gather Your Cover Letter Content

I work with a lot of job seekers who simply cannot stand writing a cover letter. It’s time consuming. They second guess what content to include. There’s worry whether they’re writing it too formal or perhaps too casual. 

I get it. Cover letters are tricky. But, that doesn’t mean you should rush through writing one. Remember, a cover letter written in haste is wasted if it doesn’t clearly explain why your skills, experiences, and mindset are the perfect fit for this particular job. 

That’s why, before you get down to writing, you need to review the job ad. As you read it and re-read it, jot down instances where your work experience align with the job responsibilities in the ad. 

Now, it’s time to do a little research. Fire up Google and navigate your way to the company’s website. You’re on a mission to find the company’s mission statement, brand statement, values, vision, and/or goals. 

For example, one of my favorite remote-friendly companies is Buffer . This social media automation company regularly hires telecommuters for various roles. Let’s pretend you’re applying to one of their openings. 

Example Cover Letter for Remote Job Seekers

First things first, navigate to the Buffer website . From there, scroll to the bottom of the homepage. Be on the look out for helpful links that will help you learn more about the company culture. Most companies use their footer to help you find what you’re looking for! Always, always, scroll to the bottom first to see what’s there.

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As luck would have it, Buffer has a link titled “Our Values” in the footer. Click on that link. On this page , you can see Buffer’s company core values. There’s even another link to an entire “culture blog” with weekly workplace related articles. Once you’ve read through everything, you’ll get a pretty good feel of what Buffer, as a company, is all about. 

You’ll even develop a sense of what it would be like to work there. With this new insight in mind, jot down a couple of reasons why Buffer’s mission, culture, goals, and values are important to you. Eventually, you’ll use this information to create the content for your cover letter! Easy, right?

Find The Right Information Fast

While Buffer offers a lot of information on their website about their missions and values, not all companies do. That’s okay too. If a company doesn’t readily display their company values and missions statement, you can usually find what you’re looking for in the footer. Links titled “About Us,” “Press,” or “News” can be helpful. 

While these pages may not explicitly spell out a mission statement or company goals, they will help you determine a company’s core business concerns. Again, you can reference this information in your cover letter to illustrate you’re a perfect candidate to join the ranks of the company. As a bonus, you’ll score brownie points for doing your homework! 

Formatting Your Work From Home Cover Letter 

Now that you’ve got your research compiled, it’s time to get down to writing your cover letter. I like to keep it simple and straightforward with a 5-paragraph layout. Each paragraph addresses a specific point and end up working together to create the perfect pitch for you as a remote job seeker. 

Opening Paragraph 

This first paragraph packs a lot of punch. Tell the hiring manager why you want to work for the company in this particular role. Here’s where you’ll put your research to use by emphasizing your personal commitment to the company’s unique vision, goals, missions, and values. Close the paragraph with what you could contribute once you join the team.

Example: 

As a fan of all things social media coupled with my enthusiasm for automation and task management, I want to help others more effectively handle their social queues as a customer service representative at Buffer. Transparency, reflection, and mindfulness are part of my daily routine and practices I appreciate when working remotely with a company. As a customer service representative, I can bring positivity to my teammates while helping Buffer users reach their social media goals, even if it requires some out-of-the-box thinking. I strive to be a lifelong learner and often reflect on particular customer service issues that arise to help improve my responses in the future. 

Second Paragraph 

Here’s where you highlight your previous work experience as they relate to the job at hand. Don’t be afraid to include similar experiences that aren’t an exact match. If you’re an entry-level job seeker, don’t worry. This paragraph can tie your college coursework, volunteer experience, internships, or even a brief training program to the job you’re applying for. Remember, you should have read and re-read the job announcement while jotting down instances where your experience falls in line with the job responsibilities. This is where you will place that information. 

In my most recent role as a customer service representative, I worked to resolve email inquiries from users ranging from tech support and troubleshooting to general product questions and sales. Whether I was dealing with current customers or prospective ones, my end goal was to use my product knowledge to educate and inform users until we reached a happy outcome. Sometimes this would require a little more digging or taking the road less traveled, but the extra effort was worth it when the end result was a customer well served. 

Third Paragraph 

Now it’s time to revisit your research about the company missions, values, and goals. In this paragraph, highlight your personal habits and work personality to show how you’ll easily transition into the open role at their company. Make sure to identify how your personality traits will allow you to contribute value to the company from Day 1. 

I consider myself a lifelong learner and always strive to make progress in life, both personally and professionally. Like Buffer’s “Improve Consistently” Core Value, I regularly take on a growth mindset to make small improvements every day. While at work, I’m fully engaged in the task at hand and am eager to learn new programs, processes, and procedures through daily practice. 

Fourth Paragraph 

Use this paragraph to explain unique situations like an employment gap. If you’ve been employed consistently, aren’t taking a major pay cut or making a major career change, you don’t need to write a fourth paragraph. Move on ahead to the closing paragraph 🙂 

Although it’s been several years since I’ve been in the workforce, I’ve used my time as a stay-at-home parent to keep active in my community. My customer service skills have been put to good use as a volunteer coordinator for my local PTA.

Fifth Paragraph 

This is your closer! You’re in the home stretch now. Use this paragraph to summarize what you’ve already talked about. Be sure to explain your commitment to the position AND ask for the interview! Any good sales person will tell you to close with “an ask.” In this case, you’re selling yourself and the ultimate “sale” is an interview. Don’t be shy and ask for it! 

As a multi-tasking, stay-at-home parent in recent years combined with my real world corporate customer service experience, I can blend my years of practical and personal experience to jump right into remote work. I’m eager to bring my unique work history to a company, like Buffer, that values teamwork and self-improvement. I welcome the opportunity to interview for this position at your earliest convenience. 

Additional Thoughts On Cover Letter Content 

That’s it. Not so bad, right? Trust me, once you’ve mastered the basic structure of a work from home cover letter, you’ll find it’s easy to write them. In fact, you’ll spend most of your time reading the job ad and researching the company. Once you have that information, the cover letter practically writes itself! 

When you use this basic 5-paragraph organization when writing your work from home cover letters, you can consistently position yourself as the perfect hire. Just remember, never send the same exact cover letter for different jobs you apply to.

Always tweak your letter’s content to highlight your experiences as they relate to the different work from home jobs you apply to. At the end of the day, your cover letter’s purpose should remain the same: Introduce yourself and position yourself as the perfect hire. 

When To Be Formal And When Not To Be 

Another common concern with cover letters is formality. As a career coach, I find the majority of companies respond well to this professional-focused four-to-five paragraph structure we’ve gone over. After all, it’s a pretty straightforward way to outline your experiences as they relate to the job at hand, which is your ultimate goal. Often, there’s no need to get overly creative, quirky, or humorous. But sometimes, you do. 

How do you know? 

The job ad itself is a good clue. If it’s formal, your cover letter needs to be too. If it’s casual and infused with a bit of humor, your work from home cover letter needs to be on the quirkier side. Similarly, your research will give you a good indication whether the company is all business or enjoys word play and a bit of fun. If that’s the case, don’t be afraid to get witty. You can write your cover letter in a more conversational tone that comes off as more casual than formal. 

Always remember, your cover letter’s tone should match that of the company’s.

Important Tips For Your Work From Home Cover Letter 

Now that we have a running structure for how to organize your cover letter and what to include, it’s time to talk about must-have tips for all cover letters, whether quirky and clever or straightforward and proper. 

  • Read and re-read your cover letter to make sure you’ve got the company name correct! It’s easy to miss this, especially if you’re rewording the same cover letter over and over again. 
  • Save your cover letter as your First Name, Last Name, and Cover Letter. For me, that would be Ashlee Anderson Cover Letter. Make sure to save it as PDF and not a word or Pages file. 
  • Sign your letter! Use a free esigning service, like Smallpdf, to upload a PDF copy of your cover letter. Then you can sign it electronically before you submit it to a potential employer. This gives it a polished and clean look that is sure to impress. 
  • Make sure your cover letter stays on topic and focuses on your experiences as they relate to the job. Only get personal in paragraph 4, if you need to explain something like a gap in employment! 
  • Don’t ever include information about why you left or are leaving your current or previous position. This is territory best traveled during an interview, not a cover letter. 
  • Make sure to carefully read the job ad! Employers will often include specific instructions for cover letters, follow them to a T. 
  • Try your best to keep your cover letter to a single page. Nobody wants to read a novel. 
  • Keep it clear and concise. Overly long and wordy sentences are distracting and often left unread. 
  • Don’t get fancy with font. Classic choices for cover letters include Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri. 
  • Proofread yourself! There’s nothing worse than submitting a cover letter with an obvious spelling or grammar mistake. Try reading your cover letter out loud or backward to help catch tiny mistakes. Or, better yet, have a fresh set of eyes proofread for you. 

Perfect Your Work From Home Cover Letter 

At the end of the day, your cover letter needs to clearly explain how your work experience and training directly relates to the job you’re applying for. If you can do that, you’re going to give yourself a good chance of getting an interview. The best way to do this is to turn to the job announcement.

Remember, unless the company has a reputation for being quirky or clever, you should avoid using cutesy comments or gimmicks in your writing. Be clear, direct, and concise to get your point across effectively. And, before you send it, give it a re-read. An error in your writing can sink even the best written work from home cover letter. 

Happily, 

Ashlee 

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Remote jobs get a ton of applicants, but writing a great cover letter is an easy way to stand out to potential employers. If you need help writing a cover letter, you can use our AI cover letter generator .

Cover letters add color that can be missing from a resume and give you an opportunity to dive deeper into your background, skills, and expertise. A resume cover letter can also help the hiring manager understand why you are applying for the specific job at their company and most importantly why they should interview you over other candidates.

In this article, we'll outline what a cover letter is, how and why to write one, and provide you with the specific steps and tips you need to follow to write the perfect cover letter that outlines your background, relevant skills, expertise, and remote work experience (if applicable). We've also provided a template and sample cover letter to get you started.

You can also learn how to write a remote job resume here .

Cover letter

What is a cover letter?

A cover letter is a one-page document that introduces your work experience, relevant skills, and personal interest in the company's mission.

Think about it this way: Your resume focuses on your qualifications and achievements then your cover letter expands on those achievements, showcases your personality, and explains why your past experience makes you a good fit for the company and role.

Read our guide on how to write a resume for a remote job .

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Why a cover letter is crucial for when applying for a remote job

Writing a cover letter gives you the opportunity to build a narrative around your application and differentiate yourself from other potential remote employees. It's also a good chance to showcase your personality and passion for the company.

Despite being physically distant, remote companies tend to look for employees who are passionate about the company, its products and services, and its mission.

The purpose of a cover letter is to support your resume by providing more detail about your skills, experience, and reason for applying for the new job.

For remote positions, a cover letter is an integral part of your application. First, finding a remote job and getting hired typically means beating out a large pool of candidates, particularly if a remote position is open to job seekers worldwide.

Secondly, it provides space for you to highlight your WFH-relevant experience. It's a myth that not everyone can work remotely but that doesn't mean that remote work skills aren't important. You need to be self-motivated, have strong time management skills, and know how to communicate asynchronously .

Even if you don't have remote work experience, you can use your cover letter to differentiate yourself from other candidates by highlighting the soft skills that are important to remote hiring managers.

Not only will a good cover letter help you stand out, it's also an opportunity to highlight your writing abilities. Writing is one of the most heavily valued remote work skills, particularly in fully remote companies that rely on asynchronous communication .

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What to include in a cover letter for a remote job

Include these important details to create the perfect cover letter for any remote job:

  • Your experience working remotely: Like any job application, your past experience carries a lot of weight. If you have remote work experience, call attention to it in your cover letter. Employers to hire people who understand how to collaborate in a remote environment and the challenges associated with remote work .
  • Soft skills relevant to remote work: Even if you haven't worked remotely before, you can show the hiring managers that you have the important soft skills needed to be successful as a remote employee. These skills include the ability to work independently, async communication, time management, cross-cultural literacy, and timezone conscientiousness.
  • Hard skills optimized mentioned in the job description: When writing your cover letter, the job description is your best friend. If it mentions specific hard skills like Tableau or Python and you know have expertise, mention them! Drawing a direct link from the job description to your experience will show the hiring manager that you've carefully read the job ad and have invested the time to craft a personalized cover letter.
  • What you can bring to the table: Employers are looking for someone who can do the job and do it well. The most important thing you can outline in your cover letter is the value you can bring to the company. It's fine to outline the benefits that remote work brings, but always anchor on what you can bring to the table.
  • Your research: It's essential that you research the company before applying for the job . The good news is this doesn't take a whole lot of effort. Start with the company's website and familiarize yourself with their products and mission. From there, you can listen to or watch interviews with the CEO or members of the leadership team. You can also use our remote company profiles to learn about thousands of companies, their tech stacks, and company cultures.
  • Your passion: Two of the most common remote job interview questions are " Why are you interested in this position? " and " Why do you want to work here? " Both are designed to help hiring managers to understand why you are applying for a remote position at their company. This could be a brief anecdote about how you listened to the founder on a podcast or that you've been a customer of the company for years. There are a ton of different ways you can inject passion into your cover letter, and it's a great way to stand out.
  • A clear call to action: Always end your cover letter with a clear call to action. Reiterate how excited you are about the company and the position then ask for an interview.

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How to write a cover letter for remote jobs

Writing a remote or work from home cover letter can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be if you follow these steps:

1. Research the company and role

A good cover letter is based on research. Read the job ad carefully and research the company to understand how the role fits into the company's mission and values. Look at their website, listen to interviews with the team, and read their blog. If you know people working at the company, talk to them and learn about what the hiring manager is looking for.

Research will help you tailor your letter and show the potential employer that you understand their company, its goals, and how you can support them.

Review the job description and note any requirements you have or responsibilities that you have successfully managed in the past. You'll want to use this to include any relevant skill or experience in your cover letter.

Use the same language the company uses on their website and in the job description to shape your cover letter.

2. Introduce yourself

Now that you've done research, it's time to start writing. The first paragraph of your cover letter should introduce you by summarizing your experience in the industry or related roles. Explain why you are applying for the position and why you're excited about the company.

Leverage the research you did to demonstrate your knowledge of the company's mission and how you're excited to contribute. Be sure to express your enthusiasm for the job title, company, and role responsibilities.

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3. Outline your relevant skills and experience

Use the next paragraph to highlight your qualifications, relevant skills, and work experience. We recommend using the STAR method to outline a specific situation that is relevant to the job description. STAR stands for:

  • Situation: Describe a situation you were in and why it's relevant to the new job.
  • Task: Outline the goals you were working toward.
  • Action: Describe the actions you took to address the situation.
  • Result: Provide context and outline the qualitative and quantitative improvements your actions made.

The example you choose should align with one or more of the requirements outlined in the job description. This proves to the employer that you've done your research and understand why you're a good fit for the role.

If you can't think of a specific situation, use this section to highlight any remote work experience and skills that enable to work remotely. Examples of beneficial remote work skills include:

  • Strong async communication skills
  • Timezone conscientiousness
  • Cybersecurity awareness
  • Ability to work independently

4. Reiterate how you'll add value

Based on your research and the example you chose, tie your skills and previous work experience to the role you are applying for. Help the hiring manager or recruiter understand why you are the best candidate.

To do this, you'll need to draw a connection between the situation that you outlined above and the specific goals or problems the company has identified in the job description or that you have identified in your research.

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5. Outline your competitive advantage and explain anomalies

Now that you've emphasized your value, seal the deal by outlining any unique skills or experience you have that can set you apart from other candidates. If you have extensive experience working at a competitor or in a similar industry that can be the focus of this paragraph.

If you have anything on your resume that you think could be a red flag for a hiring manager, such as employment gaps or unique work history, it can also be a good idea to provide clarification. Your resume won't be able to provide sufficient context on these situations, so use this as your opportunity.

Related: How to explain gaps in employment

6. Close with a strong call to action

Use the final paragraph to reiterate everything you've outlined above. Emphasize your excitement about the job posting and thank the reviewer for their time and consideration. Then close the letter with a strong call to action about the next steps in the interview process.

Say that you hope to hear from them soon and you look forward to answering any additional questions they have during the interview process.

Use our guide on remote job interview questions to prepare .

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Tips for writing an effective remote work cover letter

These tips will help you write an engaging remote work cover letter:

Keep it concise and well-formatted

Stick to a simple 10- or 12-point font and avoid graphics. Remote employers receive a lot of cover letters, respect their time, relay only important information, and invest the time to make the letter skimmable.

Remember, the goal of your cover letter is to get the interview, not to answer every possible question. Keep it all on one page.

Use job-specific keywords

Always include skills or keywords that match the job description. Personalizing your cover letter to the specific job will show that you've read and understood the requirements and expectations and that you aren't sending a generic cover letter. It'll also help you get past any automated filtering that the company may have set up in the applicant tracking system.

Address the hiring manager by name

Your cover letter will have the most impact if you use the hiring manager's name. If possible, avoid generic greetings like "Hi there" or "To whom it may concern."

You can typically find this by searching online or by reading the job description carefully. Don't stress if you can't find it though, it's definitely not a deal-breaker.

Avoid repeating what's on your resume

Your resume summarizes your previous roles, responsibilities, and achievements. You don't need to repeat the same details in your cover letter. Use it as an opportunity to go deeper into a specific situation or role that you think is most relevant to the new job and company you're applying for and to demonstrate your research and passion.

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Show your personality

Just because you're working remotely doesn't mean that your potential employer doesn't want to understand you as a person. Tell them about why you're passionate about the industry, role, and company.

Review your cover letter

Proofread your cover letter before you send in your application. Look for typos but also look for confusing sentences, places that could be better formatted, and any fuzzy language.

Do your best to stay on topic and only include information that is relevant to the job you're applying for. If you can, ask a friend or colleague to read over it to make sure you've accurately explained your value.

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Remote job cover letter template

{Your name} {Your country and timezone} {Date} {Hiring manager's name} {Company name} Dear {Hiring manager's name}

{Introduce yourself and refer to the remote job that you're applying for. Explain why you're applying for the position and why you're excited about potentially joining the company. Leverage the research you did.}

{Highlight how your qualifications and experience align with the job description. Include one or two brief examples that showcase how you've performed in previous situations. Where possible, show how you made a positive impact on your employer, team, or customers. This is also a good place to outline any remote work experience you have.}

{Now it's time to reiterate the value you can add to the company based on the skills you've outlined above. Remember to draw a connection between the situation you've outlined above and the specific goals or problems the company has identified in the job description or that you've identified through research. Remember to use the language and keywords in the job description.}

{Use this paragraph to showcase your competitive advantage and explain any anomalies on your resume.}

{Thank the recipient for their time and consideration then summarize what you've outlined above. Include a call to action or say that you look forward to the next stage in the interview process.}

{Your name} {Contact information}

Click here for a Google Doc version of this template you can copy and use.

Sample cover letter for remote work

Jian Yang United States, Pacific Time 10th November 2021 Gavin Belson Hooli Dear Gavin,

My name is Jian Yang and I'm applying for a software engineering position at Hooli. I'm really excited about Hooli's mission to change the world and I'm passionate about your tech stack that includes Python , Java , React , and Scala . All languages that I have used in the past.

I've been building my own startup for the last few years and have been backed by Erlich Bachman's incubator Aviato. You might be familiar with another company that Aviato has backed, Pied Piper. I'm passionate about video compression and I've learned a lot about it working close to the Pied Piper team. In fact, for my own startup I've been able to get close to their levels of video compression. I've been working from home for the last few years so I believe I have all the remote work skills required to work remotely for Hooli.

Here's how I think I could help if you hired me as a remote software engineer . I know that Hooli has been interested in buying Pied Piper for a number of years but the team is not interested. I also know that being able to cut down on the file sizes of videos would dramatically improve Hooli's profit margins. I would like to leverage my unique skills and past experience to help.

I am the only person (other than the Pied Piper team and Erlich) who has seen the development of Pied Piper's algorithm from inception to now, so I'm uniquely placed to help Hooli build out a similar product.

Thanks for your time Gavin, I really think that with Hooli's resources and my experience we'll be able to build something great together. I look forward to hearing from you and speaking to you more during the interview process.

Jian Yang [email protected]

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What to leave out of a remote job cover letter

Some things are better left unsaid. Don't lower your chances of success by including useless or harmful information including:

  • Irrelevant details: Recruiters and hiring managers for remote jobs tend to receive a lot of applicants. Help them out and keep your cover letter concise. The goal of the cover letter is to get to the interview, not to outline your entire working history.
  • Half-truths: While it's important to shape your cover letter based on the contents of the job description, it also needs to be truthful. Don't say you have experience using a specific tool if you don't, and never lie about having remote work experience if it isn't true. It's unethical and will only damage your chances.
  • Badmouthing current employer or previous jobs: Maybe you're looking for a remote job because your current employer is forcing everyone back to the office. That's fine but it's probably not that important to the hiring manager. Keep things positive and professional and focus on why you're excited about applying instead.
  • Typos: Typos and misspellings can happen but it's better if they don't. Reread your resume and cover letter a few days out loud before sending them. Also, be sure that you don't misspell the company or the hiring manager's name.
  • Repeating what is on your resume: Remember, the cover letter is to add to the information on your resume. Don't waste it by repeating everything that is on there. Use it to highlight the specific value you can bring to the role and company you are applying for. Learn how to write a remote job resume .

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If you need email templates to request to work from home, you’ve landed in the right place. Below, you’ll find 18 work-from-home email requests organized into two categories: temporary requests (for a day or two) and permanent .

Click any link below to jump to the template that matches your work-from-home request.

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👉 email requests to work from home temporarily 👈.

Here are 10 email templates to request to work remotely for a day or a few days. 

Work from home email request

How to ask to work from home temporarily (weeks)

Subject: Temporary Work from Home Request

Hi [Boss’s first name],

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to request the possibility of working from home temporarily for the upcoming [specific duration, e.g., a few weeks, a month]. This request is due to [insert reason here, e.g., a family member being unwell, my car undergoing repairs, the process of purchasing a new vehicle, etc.].

Working from home during this period would greatly assist me in managing these circumstances while ensuring my work responsibilities remain unaffected. Here’s how I plan to maintain productivity and communication:

  • Daily Updates: Quick morning check-in via [tool] for priorities and progress.
  • Availability: Reachable during work hours via [channels].
  • Setup: Equipped home office with necessary tech.
  • Project Tracking: Using [tool] to keep tasks on schedule.

I am committed to maintaining the highest level of performance during this period and am open to any suggestions you might have to make this arrangement successful.

Please let me know if we can discuss this request further or if there are any forms I need to complete to formalize this temporary work-from-home arrangement.

Thank you for considering my request. I look forward to your feedback.

( See Also:  This is part of our sub-category on WFH email requests for personal reasons )  

“I will be working from home today” (notification)

Subject: Working from Home Today

I wanted to let you know that I will be working from home today, [date], due to [reason – optional to include specific reason, e.g., awaiting an important delivery, slight illness, etc.]. 

I am equipped to complete all of my tasks remotely and will be available during usual working hours.

If there’s anything you need or if a situation arises that requires my immediate attention, please feel free to reach out to me via [preferred communication method].

Thank you for your understanding.

Learn More: “I will be working from home today” [email template]  

Request to work remotely while traveling

Subject: Request for Remote Work During Travel

I hope this email finds you well. I am planning a trip for [duration] and would like to request the opportunity to work remotely during this time. This would allow me to fulfill my travel aspirations while ensuring continued productivity and engagement with our team.

This will be my schedule:

  • [Date – Date]: Time off
  • Date – Date]: Working a regular schedule

Here’s a brief outline of my plan:

  • Consistent Work Hours: I’ll adhere to our standard work hours/time zone or adjust to a schedule that aligns with team needs.
  • Communication: I’ll stay connected through [communication tools] and be available for all meetings via video or phone call.
  • Reliable Internet: I’ve confirmed my accommodations offer stable internet for seamless work.
  • Work Priorities: I’m committed to maintaining my current projects and responsibilities without disruption.

I believe this arrangement can be mutually beneficial, allowing me to recharge creatively while keeping up with my duties. I’m happy to discuss any concerns or requirements you might have to make this work.

Thank you for considering my request. I look forward to your response.

Requesting work from home for a trial period

Subject: Proposal for Trial Remote Work Period

I hope you’re doing well. I’m reaching out to propose a trial period for remote work, lasting [1-3 months], with the possibility of discussing a permanent arrangement based on the trial’s success.

Given my role and responsibilities, I believe a remote setup could enhance my productivity. If we were to move forward with a trial period, here’s how I would track its success:

  • Productivity: I’ll measure my deliverables as compared to in-office time
  • Availability: I’ll measure my attendance at meetings before and after
  • Progress Updates: We’ll set a weekly time to go over projects

The trial period will allow us to assess the impact on my productivity and the team’s dynamics before making a long-term decision. I am committed to making this arrangement beneficial for both our team and the company.

Would it be possible to discuss this proposal further at your earliest convenience? 

I am free to meet on the following days:

  • [Day]: [Time slot]

Work from home email for a medical appointment

Subject: Work from Home Request for Medical Appointment

I hope you’re well. I have a [medical/dental] appointment scheduled for [date], and it requires me to be out for a part of the day. To manage this efficiently without impacting my work, I’m requesting to work from home for the day.

I’ve blocked off my calendar during the appointment time so I won’t have any meeting conflicts.

Thank you for considering my request. Please let me know if you need any further information.

Best regards,

( See Also: This is part of our sub-category of email requests due to illness .)  

WFH request for a family emergency

Subject: Request for Emergency Remote Work Day

I hope this message finds you well. Due to a family emergency, specifically [mention reason briefly, e.g., sick child, parent’s medical appointment], I am requesting to work from home today.

I’ll be online and fully accessible as normal. I appreciate your understanding and flexibility in this matter.

Thank you for your consideration.

Email request to work from home due to illness

Subject: Request to Work from Home Due to Illness

Unfortunately, I started feeling sick yesterday and it’s the same this morning. 

It’s nothing too bad, just a [mention symptoms, e.g., fever, cough, etc.]. To err on the side of caution and to prevent spreading any germs, I am requesting to work from home for [today or the next few days].

I do plan to manage my current tasks and responsibilities from home.

Thank you for your understanding and support during this time. Please let me know if there are any concerns or additional information I should provide.

( See Also: Email requests due to illness  

Work from home for a maintenance appointment

I hope you’re doing well. I am writing to request permission to work from home on [date], due to a scheduled appointment to [mention the service, e.g., install new WiFi, fix the refrigerator, repair a door, etc.]. 

The window of time they gave me for the visit is [time slot here].

Otherwise, I’ll be working like normal and will maintain my regular work hours.

Thank you for considering my request. I appreciate your flexibility.

An important package is being delivered

Subject: WFH today for important delivery

I hope this message finds you well. I am expecting an important delivery at my home today, which requires a signature upon receipt. The package contains [mention the item, e.g., a new laptop, home entertainment system, desk, important documents]. I’m uncomfortable leaving it unattended on the porch all day.

To ensure I’m available to sign for and secure the delivery, I’m requesting to work from home for the day. I’ll be online working like any other day.

Please let me know if you need any further information or if there’s a formal process I should follow for this.

Work from home email for car trouble

Subject: Work from Home Request (Car Trouble)

I hope this message finds you well. Unfortunately, I’ve encountered some car trouble, and my vehicle is currently in the shop for repairs. Given the circumstances, I am unable to commute to the office and am requesting to work from home for [mention the number of days, e.g., today, the next couple of days] until the issue is resolved.

I am fully set up to work remotely and will ensure that it’ll be a normal workday otherwise.

Thank you for understanding and accommodating my situation.

👉 Email Requests To Work From Home Permanently 👈

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Request to present your proposal in person

Subject: Request for In-Person Meeting

I hope this email finds you well. 

Over the past [duration you’ve been working remotely, e.g., several months], I’ve had the opportunity to thrive in a remote work environment. 

Given the positive impact on my productivity and the potential benefits for our team, I am keen to discuss transitioning to permanent remote work.

Could we schedule a meeting to discuss this further? Here are some days and times to pick from:

If none of those work, let me know what works for you and I’ll make it happen.

This discussion will allow us to explore the advantages, potential concerns, and the framework necessary to make permanent remote work a success.

Thank you for considering my request. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss this in more detail.

Part-time/hybrid work-from-home request

Subject: Hybrid Schedule Proposal

I hope you’re well. After experiencing remote work and considering our team’s dynamics and project requirements, I’d like to propose the option for our team to work on a hybrid schedule. 

This flexible approach could enhance productivity, work-life balance, and job satisfaction, offering benefits for both the company and employees.

Here are a couple of scheduling options I believe could work well for our team:

  • 3/2: Working remotely on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with Tuesdays and Thursdays spent in the office. This pattern supports deep work while maintaining regular in-person collaboration and team building.
  • Flexible hybrid: Give the option to work from home or the office so each person can find their most-optimized situation. Some recurring meetings and events could be made mandatory.

I would love the opportunity to discuss this proposal in more detail and explore how we can tailor the arrangement to meet our team’s needs. 

Could we set up a time to talk through these options? Here are some days and times to pick from:

Request to work remotely because you have experience

Subject: Remote Work Proposal

As we continue to evolve our working practices, I am writing to propose a shift to a permanent remote work arrangement for my role. 

This proposal is grounded in the positive experiences and proven track record of remote work effectiveness I’ve demonstrated, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Consistent performance: Achieved [specific achievements] while working remotely
  • Effective Communication: Maintained seamless communication with the team and clients, ensuring projects stayed on track through regular updates and check-ins.
  • Time Management: Leveraged the flexibility of remote work to optimize productivity, often extending my availability for cross-time-zone collaborations.
  • Technical Setup: Established a fully equipped home office with a professional setting for video calls.

Based on this track record, I believe transitioning to permanent remote work would be mutually beneficial, allowing for continued high performance while supporting the company’s goals of flexibility and employee satisfaction.

I am keen to discuss this proposal further and explore how we can make this transition smooth and beneficial for all parties involved. 

Could we schedule a meeting to discuss this in more detail? 

Here are some days and times I’m available to meet:

If none of those work, please let me know what works for you.

I look forward to the discussion.

Remote work proposal because you’re moving

Subject: Request for Permanent Remote Work Due to Relocation

I’m writing to discuss a significant change in my personal circumstances. 

My family and I have decided to move to [new location] due to [reason for the move, e.g., spouse’s job opportunity, closer proximity to family, etc.]. This move, while exciting, presents me with the challenge of leaving our office physically.

Having been part of our great team for [amount of time], my top goal is to continue working for the company in a remote role.

I believe that with our existing communication tools and my commitment to maintaining visibility and collaboration, we can make this arrangement successful. I would be grateful for the chance to discuss how we could make this work for both the team and the company.

Could we schedule a time to talk about this in more detail? Here are some times I am free this week:

Thank you very much for considering my request. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss this further.

Work-from-home proposal due to a health condition

Subject: Request for Permanent Remote Work

I hope this message finds you well. I’m reaching out to discuss a matter that’s personal and professional. 

Due to ongoing health concerns, specifically [mention the health issue, e.g., mobility challenges, heart disease, diabetes, etc.], my medical advisor has strongly recommended that I minimize [issues associated with condition].

Given these circumstances, and after careful consideration, I believe transitioning to a permanent remote work arrangement would be the most prudent course of action. This decision wasn’t made lightly but from a place of necessity, ensuring that I can maintain my health while continuing to contribute meaningfully to our team.

I understand this is a significant request and would like to discuss the plan and measurement for my remote role.

Could we set up a time to discuss this further? Here are some times I am free this week:

Thank you very much for considering my request and for your understanding. I look forward to our discussion and to finding a path forward that supports both my health needs and our company’s goals.

Warm regards,

( See Also:  This is part of our sub-category on requests to work from home for personal reasons )  

Work from home proposal due to the commute

I hope you’re well. 

I’m reaching out to propose a shift to permanent remote work. One significant factor prompting this request is my current commute, which takes [insert commute time, e.g., 3 hours] each day. 

I firmly believe that eliminating the commute would not only enhance my overall well-being but also improve my productivity. During the periods I’ve worked from home, I’ve noticed a marked increase in my efficiency and job satisfaction, which I’m eager to sustain permanently.

I understand the importance of staying connected with the team and am committed to ensuring that my work continues to exceed our team’s standards. 

Thank you for considering my request. 

– [Your name]  

Request to work remotely because you’re more productive

I hope you’re well. 

I’ve found that working from home significantly boosts my productivity, mainly due to fewer distractions and no commute. I believe a permanent remote work setup could benefit my output, and therefore, help the team.

I’d like to discuss this in detail and explore how I’d recommend implementing and measuring the change. 

Could we meet to talk about it? Here are some times I’m available:

I’m looking forward to your feedback.

Childcare proposal to work from home

I hope this finds you well. 

After assessing my current work and personal circumstances, I’ve concluded that working from home permanently would greatly benefit my ability to balance work commitments with childcare responsibilities.

I’m eager to discuss how this can be aligned with our team’s goals and workflow. I’d like to propose a meeting where we can go over the details and I can present a structured plan.

Here are some time slots I’m available for a meeting:

Looking forward to our conversation.

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How to Ask to Work From Home (With Exact Scripts & Email Templates to Aid Your Negotiation)

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In the year 2021, that’s absolutely not true.

It's no longer possible for a manager to say working from home can't be done, with millions of workers around the world having demonstrated they were even more productive than at the office during the pandemic. In April of 2021, the majority of workers, 65% according to a Flexjobs survey , said they preferred to stay remote full-time after the pandemic, and 58% said they'd look for a new job if their current role wasn't flexible. In 2021, the percentage of workers permanently working remotely is expected to double, according a survey from U.S.-based Enterprise Technology Research .

Yet, while some organizations are adapting to this new era, others are adamant that workers come back to the office . If you're one of the many workers who wants to keep working from home but your company isn't so sure, don't be shy about making a case for it. Follow the steps below to persuade even the most skeptical of managers to let you work remotely:

1. Research the landscape in your industry and organization

When going into any negotiation about remote work, it’s essential to be prepared. That includes understanding the landscape of remote work in your industry and your organization. Find out how common remote work is in your field with online resources like Flexjobs . (Some of the top fields for flexible work might surprise you, including medical and health, customer service, and education and training.)

Drill a bit deeper and find out if your organization’s competitors offer remote work arrangements. After all, your management should want to offer similar privileges to avoid losing good employees.

Finally, ask around your office and throughout your company to see if there are any teams or departments that already have remote work arrangements. Your organization may even have a remote work policy that you didn’t know about.

“If it’s happening somewhere else [in your organization], find out how it’s going, why it’s being done, and what the objections have been,” says Pilar Orti, director of Virtual Not Distant , a consultancy that helps organizations transition to an “office optional” approach.

Having this information at a meeting will help you show your boss that remote work is more common than they realize, and allow you to offer concrete examples for how the arrangement has worked in similar contexts.

2. Emphasize the benefits to your organization

Go into your negotiation with a list of the benefits a remote work arrangement will have for your employer. This could include potential cost savings, improved morale, and increased productivity. You want to assure your boss that this arrangement is good for everyone, not just you.

Use the following questions from Brie Reynolds, senior career specialist at FlexJobs, to generate concrete examples of how your work will improve with a flexible arrangement:

  • How would you do your job better?
  • Would you be more productive in some ways, and why is that?
  • Would you be better able to focus, and would you be able to drill down into projects without interruption?
  • Would you be able to work hours that better accommodate your company?
  • If you’re able to skip your commute, could you start working earlier?

There’s no need to hide that working remotely will benefit you personally, say in the form of shorter commutes or more schedule freedom; just make sure you’re looking at the benefits from your manager’s perspective.

If you work in an environment where teleworking isn’t common, or is even looked down on, you will likely be educating your boss. Having a few key facts on how employers benefit from remote work could help your case, though unless your boss is particularly wonkish, it’s best not to overwhelm them with a lot of statistics.

Here are some of the most compelling stats to strengthen your case for remote work:

  • Seventy percent of global employees work remotely at least one day a week, more than 50 percent do so for half the week or more, and 11 percent more than five times per week, according to a 2018 study by International Workplace Group. Takeaway: Employers need to get ahead of this trend in order to attract and retain talent.
  • Call center employees at a Chinese travel website who worked from home completed 13.5 percent more calls, quit at half the rate, and reported significantly more job satisfaction than their in-office counterparts, according to a Stanford study .  Takeaway: When set up right, remote work helps employers retain talent and can boost productivity at the same time – a win for everyone.
  • Remote workers communicate as well or better than onsite employees, according to a survey by the employee management platform company 15Five . Takeaway: Far from being a barrier to communication, remote work can actually create better lines of communication with more intentional systems and tools in place to regularly check in and make sure things are on track.

3. Create a clear and specific remote work plan

After you’ve done your research, create a short document that outlines exactly how your remote work arrangement could work. This should include your schedule on the days you will work remotely and a summary of how you will communicate and track your output.

“You want to think about communication barriers, how you’ll communicate with your team, and if there are already communication tools in place,” says Reynolds.

You may even want to suggest digital tools for remote communication and project management . (This could even spur your whole team to start more effectively communicating and managing projects).

Ultimately, your goal should be to address potential challenges of working from home from your boss's perspective and make clear the burden is off your boss for any additional management the arrangement would require. It should also assure that you will work just as well—if not better—when you are remote. Make it as easy as possible for your boss to say yes.

“Make it clear you’re devoted to the work and that working off-site would be beneficial to all parties. Manage reasonable expectations and give measurable, clear results,” says Carrie Anne-Murphy, who negotiated a remote work arrangement when she was a buyer for a kitchen supply store in New York City. “And don’t seem too happy about it all, even though it rules,” she adds.

What to include in your remote work plan:

  • Summary statement that highlights the benefits to your employer. Include a statement summarizing your proposal to work remotely and why you are asking for the arrangement. For example: “I am proposing to work from my home office each Tuesday and Friday so that I can have interruption free time to work on my writing and editing responsibilities and be at home when my children come back from school. Below please find the details of my proposed schedule, which ensures I will meet or exceed all of my work responsibilities with this arrangement.”
  • Proposed remote work schedule. Detail your proposed remote work schedule. If you are proposing to start the day earlier, end the day later, or another change from your normal schedule, note how your remote work schedule will allow you to be available when needed. Note whether you’ll be in the office for regular meetings or, if not, how you plan to attend them remotely. (You can also offer to share your work schedule with your boss as a calendar, particularly in the beginning as you transition to remote work). If remote work is new territory for your organization, you could suggest a trial period, or a moderate schedule, like one or two days a week, to ease into it.
  • Your key roles and responsibilities and how you’ll accomplish them remotely . List out each and every job function you currently perform and how you’ll accomplish each of your responsibilities as well or better remotely.
  • How you will communicate with your team. Include the best number to reach you at in case of an emergency, the times of day you will check email, and how you will be present for meetings during which you’re working remotely. If your team doesn’t already have one, you’ll want to suggest a communication tool for remote-friendly workplaces that you’ll use to keep in touch.
  • How your manager and team will know your output. Describe how you and your manager can assess your performance while working from home. You’ll likely want to stick to whatever metrics your team currently uses, but you may need to communicate your accomplishments more regularly if you go remote. Depending on your team’s work style, this could mean sending a weekly email with an update on what you completed during the week, using project management software like Todoist to break down projects into tasks with deadlines, or noting accomplishments at a weekly check-in with your boss. (For ideas, check out Remote.co ’s survey of remote companies on how they measure their employees’ output. The list also reinforces just how many companies make remote arrangements work.)
  • Your home office. Describe the location and arrangement of your home office, including the equipment you already have (laptop, wifi), as well as the privacy, quiet, and lack of interruption it ensures.
  • Equipment needs and security. List equipment needs, such as computer hardware or software. Show that you understand the security implications of working remotely by suggesting the use of VPN clients, encrypted chat, and if needed, data encryption software. You may want to talk to your organization’s IT department to find out what digital security resources are available. (Some companies will want to provide a work-issued laptop to ensure proper security measures are followed, but at least you’ve made clear up front that you take privacy and security concerns seriously)

4. Time your request carefully

It goes without saying that your request to work remotely will only be successful if your boss already trusts you and values your work. Even if that’s generally true, it can be helpful to time your request directly following the successful close of a big project you’ve lead or when your boss is particularly impressed with your work.

Lay the groundwork for weeks or even months ahead of time by proactively establishing a system of measuring and communicating your progress to your boss on a regular basis. When the time comes to make your request to work remotely, not only will your boss know your value as an employee, but you’ll also have a proven system in place for assessing your performance.

5. Ask in-person, not via email

Don’t spring your request on your manager in passing or even in an email. If you check-in regularly and have the time, bring it up then. If you don’t, request a meeting. To avoid immediate rejection, don’t say ahead of time that you want to discuss working remotely. Instead, say that you’d like to discuss your job functions and how you do your job, advises Reynolds.

The tone of the meeting should reflect the relationship you have with your boss. If the two of you are close, the conversation can be more casual than if you have a strictly professional relationship.

The email to your manager can look something like this, again, adapting for the tone you use with your boss:

Hi [Your Boss’s Name], I wanted to see if we could schedule a meeting to discuss some ideas I have for improving my work environment and making it more conducive to accomplishing my job responsibilities. In the next two weeks I’m free [insert specific dates and times]. Looking forward to talking with you in more detail. Thanks, [Your name]

6. Come prepared to lead the meeting

Armed with your research and prep work, make sure you’re ready to lead the conversation with your boss. Start by discussing at a high level your desire to work remotely, including the benefits for your organization and how typical it is where you work and in your industry.

Briefly highlight specific projects you’ve worked on recently in which you managed your time and tasks effectively and proactively. These specific examples give your boss proof that you’ll be able to handle the responsibility of working independently from home.

Then make your request, and make it specific.

“If it’s working from home one day a week or working from home five days a week, you want to make sure that, in an ideal situation, you know what you would ask for,” says Reynolds.

Even though you may not get exactly what you want, it helps to start from this position.

Don’t give your typed up proposal to your boss right away. Instead, use what negotiation expert Ramit Sethi calls “ The Briefcase Technique ”. Here’s how it works:

When, your boss brings up concerns (“How could I be sure you’ll be working?”, “Won’t we need a lot of equipment?”, etc.), say something like this:

“I’m glad you brought up the specifics. I’ve actually done a lot of research into how other companies have implemented successful remote work arrangements. [pull out your proposal here, actual briefcase optional] “I wrote up a draft plan that addresses those concerns. It outlines [start walking them through your plan section-by-section] my proposed remote schedule, when and how I’ll be available, my home office setup, the security measures I’ll take to protect company data, how we can work together to track progress, and how often we’ll check in on so we can make sure the arrangement is working for everyone.”

The Briefcase Technique makes it harder for your boss to say no by showing you’ve already thought out and offered solutions for all potential challenges.

In addition to your remote work plan, have rehearsed responses to all the objections your boss is likely to have:

Responses to common objections

Objection: I don’t feel ready to make a policy for remote working. Response: I understand your concern. I can do a trial period so you can see if this arrangement works before fully committing to it. Objection: I can understand how some jobs can be done remotely, but I can’t see how your job could be. Response: Many jobs and industries that seem like they would be most difficult to do remotely are actually some of the fastest growing areas for remote work, such as education (for example, online tutoring) and healthcare (such as online doctors’ visits). In my remote work plan, I’ve outlined each of my responsibilities and exactly how I’ll complete them remotely. I’m confident that I can perform everything my job requires at an equal or even higher level outside of the office. But of course, we should do a trial period to make sure it works for both of us. I’m always open to changing things as we both learn. Objection: How will I know you’re working? Response : I give some ideas in my remote work proposal of how I can keep you apprised of my progress from week to week and am sharing a proposed schedule so you’ll know when I’ll be available. I can also work with you to settle on preferred communications methods. I suggest we do weekly check-ins so we can discuss exactly what I’ve accomplished and any roadblocks I’m facing. Objection: What if I need you and you’re not available? Response: In my proposal, I’ve outlined the hours I’ll be working and the times of day I’ll check my email as well as recommendations for a digital communication tool we can use as a team to stay in touch. In urgent situations, I’ll always be available by phone during my work hours. Objection: If I allow you to work remotely, I’ll have to allow everyone to work remotely. Response : If this is something that proves to be beneficial for both me and the company, it could be something you can offer more widely as a perk to attract more talent and help employees be both happier and more productive. Of course, even for workplaces with some of the most established flexibility policies, managers have discretion to evaluate requests and decide on an individual basis if someone should work remotely.

7. Expect some discomfort, but don’t be dissuaded

Despite its increasing prevalence, many work environments are still skeptical of remote work. Expect that your boss may have reservations, and your coworkers may even be resentful.

“Sometimes the person you’re requesting that flexibility from wouldn’t know how to manage that flexibility themselves,” Orti points out.

Position yourself as a pioneer who could help the rest of your organization rather than an exception who should be envied.

But don’t be dissuaded by the discomfort. Negotiation is uncomfortable. Change is uncomfortable. But a flexible work arrangement is worth it.

8. Build immediate trust during your trial period

You made a great case for working remotely, and your manager has agreed that you can work from home for a trial period. Even though you’re now one step closer to freedom, it’s important that during your early days of remote work, you build trust with your boss. If you’re at a company that isn’t experienced with remote workers, you’ll be setting an example. Make those first months of working offsite a success with these tips:

  • Over-communicate: Especially in the beginning, you will want to make sure that you are communicative about everything. As Jhana marketing associate and remote worker Anya C. Gonzales says on Glassdoor: “I have to over-communicate: about my schedule, my plans, my development goals. I have to be an expert planner: For any given project, I have to think about what I’ll need from my manager and ask for it in advance.” For ideas on how and when to communicate with your boss, follow this guide on how to prove your value at work .
  • Be visible:  One of the biggest challenges remote workers cite is feeling like they are forgotten . To compensate for this, on the days you are at work, make sure you have meetings and other face time with your manager and colleagues. If you’re proposing to work remotely full time, try to do video chats with your manager and coworkers rather than phone.
  • Don’t read too much into emails and other virtual messages: One of the hardest parts about working remotely is the greater ambiguity in virtual communication than face-to-face. It can be easy to misinterpret a slow response to an email or a terse instant message as more negative than is intended. If you do feel like issues are coming up or are unsure of where you stand, initiate a conversation with your boss or proactively seek feedback.
  • Be flexible: It’s likely that there will be some initial hiccups when you start working remotely and that some of the tools and methods you originally proposed won’t work. If it turns out the software you’re using to call into a meeting is having problems, be willing to change. If you’re finding it hard to be away from the office for a particular meeting, be open to moving around your remote work days if possible.
  • Be open to being a pioneer: If you work in an office that isn’t accustomed to remote employees, you’ll likely be a pioneer in certain areas, such as using new privacy tools or communication software. In this scenario, help your manager see your working remotely as a valuable resource for introducing new tools to the rest of your team.

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9. If you’re turned down, be prepared to walk away

If, after all of the energy you have put into researching remote work arrangements and making a case to your manager, they still turn you down, it may be time to apply for a remote job .

“Chances are, if they can’t meet those needs, there’s something else that’s jarring in the organization. The culture might not be right for you,” says Orti.

After all, remote job opportunities are increasing by the day. There is no reason you shouldn’t find a company that is a better fit.

There are more and more resources available for finding flexible work, including jobs boards like Flexjobs , Remote OK , and Remote Tech Jobs . Also check out the remote-first companies on Remote.co’s list and articles on finding a remote job, like this comprehensive guide . (The fully remote team here at Doist is frequently hiring .)

Let us know in the comments section about your experience negotiating remote work arrangements with your organization, and good luck!

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How to Ask Your Manager to Work Remotely

How to address employer concerns, what information to include in your letter, what not to say, sample email requests to work from home.

What's the best way to ask your boss if you can work from home ? There are many reasons why telecommuting can be beneficial for both employees and employers. Long commutes and scheduling issues can make remote work an appealing option.

In addition, it's often easier to get focused work done at home than in a busy or loud office environment.

With video hangouts and meetings, office-wide chat programs, remote access to servers, and other technology innovations, working from home is often very doable.

Still, your manager or human resources department may be leery of allowing you to work remotely, especially if it's not common in your company. Many managers prioritize face time or have concerns about productivity.

If you would like to work from home, you’ll need to be able to make your case and it's best to put it in writing. Send your supervisor a letter or an email, outlining the reasons why you think working from home would benefit the company.

This initial written request may need to be followed by a formal application, forms, and documentation as required by your employer.

Before you ask your manager if you can work from home, put yourself in their shoes. Think about what their objections might be, and offer compelling reasons why these potential issues won’t present obstacles to your work.

For example, your manager might be worried about:

1. Information security, especially regarding confidentiality and risk of data hacking or theft.

Assure your manager that you'll adhere to the same security protocols at home as you do in the office.

It may be helpful to informally meet with someone from IT to get a sense of IT-related concerns. Your computer, laptop, or other devices may be inspected and loaded with security features and programs to help you access office tools remotely. Be prepared to take responsibility for any work-issued equipment you'll use at home.

2. Monitoring productivity when they can’t see you working with their own eyes. How can they measure whether you are as productive as you would be in the office? Share any metrics you have on your productivity in the office compared to at home.

In your letter and follow-up meetings, reassure your manager about your availability and commitment to work, regardless of your location.

You can mention specific strategies to keep your manager posted on what you accomplish each week, such as check-in calls or a weekly summary email.

3. Ensuring collaboration among members of a distributed team. How can you show that you are collaborating with your co-workers when you are working from home? Cite specific options—chat programs, phone, video calls, email, etc.—that will allow your colleagues to stay in touch. If you can address these concerns in your letter, you will have a stronger justification.

Be clear in your letter about what you are requesting. Do you want to work from home one day a week, every day, or simply occasionally? Set the parameters of how this would work from a scheduling perspective. 

It's also important to include a reason why you want to work at home. Ideally, you'll be able to frame this reason to show how working from home is beneficial to your manager and the company. 

For instance, if you have a brutal rush-hour commute that you want to avoid, you might say in your letter, "The traffic on my commute is horrendous, and it's impossible for me to get to work before 9:30 a.m. Often, I'm eager to get my day started before then. If I were able to work from home two days a week, I'd be able to be at my desk focused on projects and setting up meetings earlier in the day."

If working from home is not common at your company, you may also want to include details in your letter about how you'll be reachable during work hours (phone, email, Slack, Zoom, etc.), and address potential concerns.   

Don’t say you’d like to work from home because you'd prefer to wear pajamas, need to take care of a child for an hour, want to avoid a co-worker, or for any reason that might make you appear unprofessional or as though you'll be less diligent when you work from home. 

Read examples of email requests asking to work from home, tips on what to include in your letter, and strategies for how to make a persuasive argument for why you should be able to work remotely. 

Email Request to Work From Home - Example #1

This email example is ideal for someone who has already been working from home occasionally, and wants to make it a regular occurrence.  

Subject Line: Request to Work Remotely

Dear Emily,

As you know, I have been working some hours from home on an occasional basis. I have found that my productivity has increased, and I am able to focus well on my work activities without the distractions in the office.

Would it be possible for me to work from home regularly, meeting in the office on an as-needed basis? I have really enjoyed working with you and your team, and look forward to our continued collaboration.

Thank you very much for your consideration,

Email Request to Work From Home - Example #2

Review this example if you're looking to work from home, but haven't before. Note how the letter writer provides specifics on how frequently she'd like to work from home. 

Subject Line: Request to Work from Home

I'm excited about our plans for this year's revamped conference. As you know, pulling off this event will require a lot of planning and writing. We'll need to create an email plan to blast potential attendees, write event page copy, and then develop the agenda and presentations as well.

Leading up to the event, I'd like to work from home two days a week. In previous roles, working from home increased my productivity. Wednesday and Friday would be ideal work from home days, since we don't have any team-wide meetings. Of course, I can be completely flexible and come into the office if we ever do need face-to-face time, and I'll be available by phone and email on work from home days, in case anything comes up.

Eager to hear your thoughts on this plan.

Key Takeaways

Telecommuting Can Be Beneficial for Employers and Employees: Possible advantages include productivity gains and a resolution for scheduling issues.

How to Make Your Case: Be ready to explain why working from home is in your employer’s best interests and not just your own.

Write a Letter or an Email Outlining Your Case: You may also need to follow up with official documentation if your request is approved. 

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To, The Human Resources Manager, ______________ (Name of the company), ______________ (Address)

Date: __ /__ / ____ (Date)

From, _____________ (Name), _____________ (Address)

Subject: Request for work from home

Respected Sir/Madam,

This is to inform you that, my name is ____________ (Name), and I work in ____________ (Name of the department) as a ______________ (Position). My Employee ID number is ____________ (ID number).

I am writing this letter to request a permission to continue from home for ____________ (Number of days) from _________ (Date). The major reason for continuing at home is _______________ (Mention the reason – not well/going somewhere/personal/others). I would be requiring ______________ (Mention the requirements/laptop/cords/files/others).

Please consider my request as genuine and let me continue from home. I give my word for all the resources which would be borrowed from the office.

Thanking you,

Yours ___________ (Faithfully/Truly), ____________ (Name), ____________ (Contact), ____________ (Signature)

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  • A: Address the recipient respectfully using their formal title and name, such as "Respected Sir/Madam" or "Dear Human Resources Manager."
  • A: Yes, it's essential to provide a clear reason for the request to work from home, such as personal reasons, medical conditions, or other circumstances affecting your ability to work from the office.
  • A: Yes, it's advisable to mention the duration of the work-from-home arrangement to provide clarity to the employer and ensure proper planning.
  • A: Yes, if you require any specific equipment or resources to effectively work from home, it's essential to mention them in the letter to ensure the employer can make necessary arrangements.
  • A: Conclude the letter by expressing gratitude for considering the request and reiterating your commitment to fulfill your responsibilities while working remotely.

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How can we expect mothers to return to work if we’re so reluctant to allow fathers to stay home?

As a bloke, I have been met with disbelief and suspicion when I’ve applied for part-time work. Didn’t I realise this was women’s work?

T he job I was applying for was three days a week. It was a backwards step, career-wise, but the hours were attractive. By that I mean that the role’s part-time nature would allow me to continue meeting my KPIs as majority parent .

I could keep up with all that important driving and shouting that comprises a career as primary caregiver – the constant shuttling from school to ballet to football to dentist and, more generally, the endless forcing of kids to do things that they will really enjoy.

I rang HR to discuss flexibility – could I do the role over four days to allow me to do the school pick ups? He mumbled something about the workplace being “family friendly”, but confessed that the woman currently in the position worked “most days until at least 6pm”.

I suggested that didn’t sound very part-time.

I didn’t get an interview.

Most mums are probably wondering what the news is here. It’s common knowledge in mum networks that companies – and particularly underfunded organisations such as schools – rely on women working over and above their paid and allotted hours in part-time work. Try being a mum and a public school teacher working three days a week. Chances are you’ll still be paying for five days of childcare.

My wife and I swapped roles when we moved from Melbourne to Perth, largely because she was the first to find work.

As a bloke, I have found myself met with a mixture of disbelief and suspicion when I’ve applied for part-time work. Didn’t I realise this was women’s work? There is a sense that part-time work is an extension of the unpaid caregiving that comes with being a mum. It is little wonder that so-called “feminised” industries tend to be centred around care (early childhood education, health support services, veterinary care and disability home care) and are historically underpaid.

To be a man looking for part-time work is, it seems, to be someone who clearly lacks commitment to their career. I have heard stories of men in corporate gigs being sent for counselling when they asked to spend more time with their family.

I suspect there is a kind of defensiveness behind this reluctance to let men embrace part-time work. A wariness about what might happen if we allow men to discover there is more to life than their career. And, perhaps, there is a tacit acknowledgment that men are still expected to prune themselves of the kind of rich emotional response that caregiving demands.

These gender stereotypes remain potent, within and beyond the workplace. In a 2022 study , dads reported feeling relatively disconnected from parental “networks” and finding it difficult to engage at pick up or via parents’ WhatsApp groups, which have become important sources of information but rarely involve any dads.

I do often feel conspicuous. I’ve tried to throw myself – however awkwardly – into the school community by taking on class parent and P&C roles, but do sometimes wonder if my kids are missing out on playdates because I’m not playing tennis or drinking coffee with the school mums. (If any school mums are reading this, please don’t ask me to play tennis.) It’s telling that many primary schools continue to run an annual “dad’s camp”, to allow fathers the unusual experience of spending an uninterrupted couple of days as primary caregiver.

Money is a key factor, of course. Men still tend to be the bigger earners. It’s encouraging to see governments trying to address the gender pay gap, but while there is an understandable focus on getting women back to full-time work, it’s hard to see how that can happen when it remains so difficult to get men out of it. Someone has to do the parenting. It may as well be blokes.

The past three years have been some of the most rewarding of my life (not financially, obviously). Even in the midst of all that driving and shouting, I am grateful to have been so present and so available when the kids have needed a parent. I hope that our girls will grow up expecting more of the men in their lives (and hope that I am not setting them up for a lifetime of disappointment). Maybe it will be easier for the next generation to share the load.

For now, I’d like men and women to be able to embrace majority parenting without all the sleepless nights. Not those inevitable child-with-a-mystery-virus sleepless nights, but the ones lying awake in the early hours, wondering if your career will ever recover.

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  1. How To Write a Work-From-Home Cover Letter (With Tips and Example)

    When applying for remote work, use the following steps to create an effective cover letter: 1. Research the company and role. Before writing any cover letter, you should research the job and company to gain clarity on the job responsibilities and the company's mission or values. This approach will help you tailor your letter, showing employers ...

  2. Formal Request to Work Remotely: Sample Letters

    For example: "I'm confident that while working from home, I'll produce more work for you, and better-quality work, because <reasons>.". Keep your letter relatively short. Writing more content won't necessarily boost your odds of hearing "yes" from your boss when you ask to go remote.

  3. Requesting To Work From Home (With 5 Example Requests)

    Here are 5 examples to reference when drafting your own message: 1. Example email requesting to work from home when you've already done it. This example demonstrates how to request to work from home permanently when you've already worked from home temporarily: Dear Jordan, As I've worked from home on a few occasions in the past, I've grown to ...

  4. Work from home request email samples for 16 situations

    I am writing to request permission to work from home during the school holiday period from [date] to [date]. Childcare in this area is prohibitively expensive and, while my oldest son is mature enough to look after his younger brother most of the time, neither of them can be left alone for the whole day. I have made it clear to my children that ...

  5. How to Write a Cover Letter for Remote Jobs (With Templates)

    Here's how to write your next cover letter for remote work. 1. Do your research before writing. When it comes to cover letters, Western Carolina University notes, specificity is better. Remember to research your company and potential role, and use your letter itself to explain why you're a great fit for both.

  6. Work From Home Cover Letter Sample (+Guide)

    Demonstrate your passion for remote work: Express your genuine excitement and belief in the benefits of remote work. Discuss how it enables flexibility, work-life balance, and increased productivity. Show your commitment to delivering exceptional results in a remote setting. Request further discussion: Conclude your cover letter by expressing ...

  7. Professional Work from Home Cover Letter Examples for 2024

    Structure your work from home cover letter, following industry-leading advice, to include: Header - with your name, the role you're applying for, the date, and contact details; Greeting - make sure it's personalized to the organization; Introduction paragraph - no more than two sentences;

  8. What to Include in a Cover Letter for Remote Jobs

    Remote employers look for certain skills in every applicant, such as: Self-motivation. Excellent communication skills. Problem-solving skills. If you possess these skills, you're more than halfway there. So, use the cover letter to explain how you use the skills in your work to help the employer envision you in the role.

  9. Work From Home Cover Letter: The Foolproof Template That Gets Results

    A well written work from home cover letter can: Position you as the perfect fit for a posted job. Show how you align with the company's goals, missions, and/or values. Highlight experiences that you want to show off. Explain any gaps in employment on your resume or any other situations that require an explanation.

  10. What to Include in a Cover Letter for a Remote Job

    Sample Cover Letter for a Remote Position. The specifics of your cover letter will depend on your industry, but here's an example cover letter for a remote job to help get you started. Be sure to add specific accomplishments to make yourself stand out, and touch on your remote work experience and skills: Hello [First name of hiring manager],

  11. How and Why to Write a Remote Work Cover Letter (With Tips, Template

    Writing a remote or work from home cover letter can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be if you follow these steps: 1. Research the company and role. A good cover letter is based on research. Read the job ad carefully and research the company to understand how the role fits into the company's mission and values.

  12. How to Request to Work From Home (Template and Examples)

    Here's a guide for writing an effective request to work from home. By following these steps, you may increase the chances of your employer accepting your request: 1. Write an effective subject line. In an email request, you can quickly summarise the contents of a request in a short and impactful statement within the subject line.

  13. Email Examples for Asking Your Boss To Work From Home

    Here is a list of examples of emails requesting to work from home because of specific situations: Request to work from home regularly. Request to work from home part-time. Request to work from home temporarily. Request to work from home on a trial basis. Request to work from home for health reasons. Request to work from home to care for a loved ...

  14. How to Ask to Work From Home Permanently Post-COVID

    Here's a script to follow (with input from Eonnet). Plug in the answers you already came up with on your worksheet and adjust as necessary. At all times, keep in mind that your ask should be tailored to your manager's and/or the company's goals. First, start by mentioning your accomplishments:

  15. Requesting Work From Home: 18 Email Templates

    Work from home for a maintenance appointment. Subject: Work from home request for [date] Hi [Boss's first name], I hope you're doing well. I am writing to request permission to work from home on [date], due to a scheduled appointment to [mention the service, e.g., install new WiFi, fix the refrigerator, repair a door, etc.].

  16. How to Ask to Work From Home (With Exact Scripts & Email ...

    6. Come prepared to lead the meeting. Armed with your research and prep work, make sure you're ready to lead the conversation with your boss. Start by discussing at a high level your desire to work remotely, including the benefits for your organization and how typical it is where you work and in your industry.

  17. Employee Email Examples Asking to Work From Home

    What Information to Include in Your Letter. What Not to Say. Sample Email Requests to Work From Home. Photo: Lumina Images / Getty Images. Kelly Miller / The Balance. Examples of email messages from an employee asking to work from home. How to write the request, information to include, and what to mention in your note.

  18. 16 Request Letter to Work from Home Samples

    When you have no prior history of remote working, you can write the following request letter to work from home: Subject line: Request to work from home on a trial basis. Dear Conor, Communicating with my business partners is becoming increasingly difficult due to office interruptions and the closeness of desks.

  19. Request Letter for Work From Home

    A: Conclude the letter by expressing gratitude for considering the request and reiterating your commitment to fulfill your responsibilities while working remotely. Incoming Search Terms: work from home request letter format; work from home request letter to manager sample; request letter for work from home due to personal reasons

  20. How to Write a Letter of Application (Example & Tips)

    No hard numbers. "I worked in a team and provided customer service to elderly residents". 5. Choose engaging words for your application letter. Your letter of application's length should be 250 to 400 words or 3 to 4 paragraphs — long enough to get your point across but short enough that the reader won't lose interest.

  21. How to Write an Application Letter—Examples & Guide

    Use the same font you chose for your resume. Left-align all content. Keep your application letter length to only one page. Just like with your resume margins, set them to 1-inch on your job application letter as well. Leave ample white space by using double-spacing between paragraphs and setting line spacing to 1.15.

  22. Job Application Letter: Examples, What to Include & Writing Tips

    It means that you need to provide the following information: Your personal info (name, email, phone number/LinkedIn) Date written. The recipient's info (name, job title, email, company address) Example of an application letter header: Kaylee Tran. 9215 Fremontia Ave, Fontana, CA 92335.

  23. How To Write an Application Letter (With Template and Example)

    Follow these steps to compose a compelling application letter: 1. Research the company and job opening. Thoroughly research the company you're applying to and the specifications of the open position. The more you know about the job, the better you can customize your application letter. Look for details like:

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    To be a man looking for part-time work is, it seems, to be someone who clearly lacks commitment to their career. I have heard stories of men in corporate gigs being sent for counselling when they ...

  25. Permission Request Letter to Work From Home

    Rt. 1 Box 18 Hwy 75. S. Winnebago, Nebraska 68071. Dear Sir, RE: Permission Letter to Work from Home. I am employed by your firm in the capacity of Assistant Researcher. I draft this letter to request your permission to allow me to work from home for the three months from June 10 through to September 10, 2022.