Remote work skills have become some of the most important qualifications to show on your resume and LinkedIn profile today. The pandemic certainly escalated this need, but remote work was increasingly becoming more and more the norm even before COVID-19 caused many businesses to shutter the doors of their physical locations, at least temporarily.
This comes as welcome news for some, who have proven that they are resilient and eager to adapt to a work-from-home environment. But having the skills is one thing — and knowing how to present them on your LinkedIn profile is another. So, how do you flex your remote work skills on LinkedIn?
Taking a course in a competency that will benefit you in the remote work world — and better yet, earning a certification — demonstrates real evidence of your abilities to thrive in this setting. There are several courses via online libraries like Coursera, edX and LinkedIn Learning that will serve you well, ranging from common technologies to leadership, all of which attest to your abilities and will look great on your profile.
Believe it or not, there are even courses dedicated to remote work, such as LinkedIn Learning’s Remote Work Foundations!
Tech skills are always in demand. In a remote work environment, they’re especially important. After all, you’ll need to collaborate, communicate and do much of your job using various software and platforms, so having these skills is not just a plus — it’s practically a requirement for the vast majority of jobs.
Still, be careful not to list tools that are too obvious. Being able to log in to Zoom is practically a given — but having enhanced knowledge of the CRM or project management platform your prospective employer uses could give you an edge.
Communication is important in any job, in-person, hybrid or remote. But when you’re working from home, your written and verbal communication skills are even more critical. As an individual contributor, you must be able to stay in touch with colleagues, understand and process your manager’s requests and present your work in an easy-to-digest format. When you’re a manager, you’ll also have to be equipped with the skills to communicate responsibilities with your direct reports, keep them informed and lead effectively.
When listing your communication skills on your LinkedIn profile, be specific in terms of what platforms you can use and how you communicate.
Collaboration is another skill that’s always important in any working environment. But it becomes more difficult when you aren’t physically surrounded by your team members, especially when you’re adjusting to a new role and/or company. A great remote worker will be able to identify specific tools and methods they use to collaborate effectively with others when completing projects. When you’re listing this skill, give examples of how you do this seamlessly.
When you’re working remotely, you won’t have all the resources most in-office workers are accustomed to leveraging. Sure, many companies are equipping their employees with the tools they need to do their jobs, but you still won’t have access to everything — including your supervisor being physically available to you throughout the day.
That means you will need to be extremely resourceful. While collaboration is important, so, too, is independence — the ability to use the tools you do have available to you to complete your responsibilities and go above and beyond.
Laura Berlinsky-Schine is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn with her demigod/lab mix Hercules. She specializes in education, technology and career development. She also writes satire and humor, which has appeared in Slackjaw, Points in Case, Little Old Lady Comedy, Jane Austen’s Wastebasket and The Haven.
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