FlexJobs: 7 Must-Have Skills for Remote Job Seekers


Originally posted by FlexJobs.

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According to a recent FlexJobs survey, a whopping 65% of respondents say they want to work from home full-time post-pandemic, and 31% would like a hybrid work schedule.


The good news is that opportunities for remote job seekers continue to grow in many industries, including virtual administration, healthcare, education, customer support, marketing, and more.


However, despite the growing preference for remote work, some would-be remote workers aren’t prepared for the handful of challenges that working from a home office can bring. Along with having the specific skills and experience to do the job duties, workers also need to have a variety of other skills to be successful remote employees.


Luckily, many of these soft skills and talents can be learned or honed!


7 Essential Skills for Remote Job Seekers


1. Ability to Work Independently


Employers that hire remote employees typically expect their workers to know their job and meet expectations without much hand-holding. While virtual workspaces allow for communicating with others, responses from your manager or coworkers often aren’t as quick as popping into an office or discussing an issue with a coworker in the next cubicle.


As a result, remote workers need the ability to work independently, including being resourceful and problem-solving on their own.


2. Self-Motivation


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.


If you have children at home, you may find it helpful to hire supervised care for them or find other ways to keep them entertained and busy while you work. Having a designated home office with a door can also provide a barrier to household distractions, such as the television or laundry.


3. Strong Written Communication Skills


While video and phone conferencing are essential for connecting with colleagues in a remote environment, email and other messaging tools are becoming increasingly popular in remote work environments.


Miscommunication and a lack of message clarity wastes time and causes frustration among all workers.

As a result, you need to be able to write clearly and succinctly, whether it’s through email, online messaging, or a note in a project management program.


4. Comfort With Learning and Using 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.


5. Team Player Mindset With Cross-Cultural Literacy


While working remotely usually means working at home alone, it doesn’t mean you’re not part of a larger team. The ability to communicate and collaborate are essential skills. That means fulfilling your duties well and on time, being accountable to other team members, and keeping them informed.


Furthermore, one big advantage of remote work for employers is the ability to hire the best workers, regardless of where they live. As a result, you may have coworkers from around the world. This makes for an interesting and dynamic work culture, but it can also present problems because language, communication style, culture, and traditions vary around the world. It’s crucial that remote workers be aware of and sensitive to these differences.


6. Reliable and Secure Equipment


Many employers won’t provide computers and other equipment needed to do the job. Instead, you may be responsible for obtaining the tools you need. For many new remote workers, their existing computer is sufficient. But some employers have technical requirements that may mean buying new equipment, such as a Mac or PC, a headset, and specific software and services.


And because much of your work and communication will be through online channels, it’s crucial that you have quality security in place, including secure internet access and anti-virus software. If you decide to work outside your home, such as at a local java joint, you should have a password-protected hotspot instead of using free, unsecured Wi-Fi.


7. Emotional Intelligence


In a remote work environment where you don’t always have access to the non-verbal cues that can help you “read the room” and respond appropriately, having high emotional intelligence (EQ) helps you solve problems, resolve conflicts, and truly listen to your colleagues.


In addition, emotional intelligence enables you to be self-aware, empathetic, and adaptable in the face of any remote work challenges you come across.


Hone Your Remote Work Skills


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.


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