Remote work is here to stay for the foreseeable future. But before you go and get the remote position, you need to know how to shine when you’re looking for a remote job. Of course, all the standard job search rules apply—have an updated and proofread resume, make sure your social media is squeaky clean, and have well thought-out questions for the interview. But employers hiring remote workers are looking for a little bit more. So, make sure you show that you have these seven key skills covered if you want to land a remote job.
Strong written communication
When teams work remotely, at least half of all communication is done via writing rather than speaking. This means communicating through emails, or WhatsApp. Always check spelling, grammar, and punctuation and proofread emails before sending them. You’ll also want to ensure you’re using the right level of formality and the right tone depending on who you’re communicating with. You can get away with less formality when messaging your coworkers than you can with your boss.
Because there’s often no boss or manager to physically check on you in your home office, you need to be self-motivated to get your work done on time. Creating your own schedule and routine can keep you focused and on task, but it’s also important to limit distractions.
Comfort With Digital Tools
For any remote company, being able to effectively collaborate in a remote environment is a top priority and requirement of all employees. However, remote collaboration does require extensive use of online and digital resources. That means getting comfortable with project management programs, video meeting software, and company-specific digital platforms.
Each company has its own tools and methods for getting work done and keeping workers engaged, so you need to feel at ease with learning and using new digital resources.
The ability to successfully manage your own time is an invaluable skill to have, benefiting both yourself and your employer. When working from home, you don’t have any of your coworkers looking over your shoulder or the boost that comes from knowing your manager could walk by at any time. It’s up to you to stay focused on your work and ensure that you complete everything that’s assigned to you.
If you find yourself struggling with time management, try apps designed to boost productivity and track your time. Block off certain times of the day to dedicate as focus hours, where you work on one single important task at a time. Don’t allow yourself to get sidetracked with emails or other notifications.
Remote work comes with many perks for employees, including flexibility, independence, increased productivity, and not having to commute. But employers hiring for work-at-home jobs are looking for more than someone who has the skills and experience to do the job. They also need to trust the employee will be accountable, reliable, and able to work well in a remote environment.