Love it or hate it – employers are reporting that remote work is here to stay.
In fact, now that companies have seen that they can run remotely, recruit remotely, and even on-board and train new employees remotely, it’s time to skill up so that you can continue to advance professionally in this new environment.
How do you demonstrate you’ve got the chops for remote work? Here are a few ways:
- Communication: Be ready to talk about how you keep co-workers informed of what’s new, what you are working on, what you need and how you can help.
- Judgement: Have examples of times when you have worked independently, with minimal supervision, and measurable outcomes.
- Work Ethic and Productivity: How do you stay focused amidst distractions? What systems do you use to ensure you are prioritizing effectively? Be prepared to speak to your strategies and ways of working.
- Tech Savvy: Technology is the foundation of successful remote work. Mastery of platforms like Zoom and Skype is expected, as is a comfort with software like Slack, and Microsoft Teams. Learn the lingo and when all else fails, a demonstrated willingness to learn and adapt will always serve you well.
Your ability to sell yourself, not just in terms of your professional expertise, but as someone who can make a meaningful contribution remotely is now an important key to your success in the job market and in your career moving forward.
Cheers to Your Career!