7 Must-Have Skills for Remote Job Seekers

7 Must-Have Skills for Remote Job Seekers

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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.

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1. Ability to Work Independently

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

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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 

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2. Self-Motivation

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.

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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 

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3. Strong Written Communication Skills

and succinctly, whether it’s through email, online messaging, or a note in a project management program.

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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 

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4. Comfort With Learning and Using Digital Tools

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.

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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 

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5. Team Player Mindset With Cross-Cultural Literacy

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 

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5. Team Player Mindset With Cross-Cultural Literacy

workers be aware of and sensitive to these differences.

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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

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6. Reliable and Secure Equipment

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 

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6. Reliable and Secure Equipment

password-protected hotspot instead of using free, unsecured Wi-Fi.

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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 

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7. Emotional Intelligence

self-aware, empathetic, and adaptable in the face of any remote work challenges you come across.

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