Knowing how to apply to remote roles continues to be important for many professionals in 2020. Even six months on from the first COVID-19 shut downs, many companies continue to operate remotely — whether full-time or part-time — and are therefore looking for the best possible remote employees.
But what entails a strong remote employee — and how do employers scout them out in the job application process? Knowing that answer can be the key to landing your next role.
Thankfully, we have one executive's opinion. Amy Waters, CEO of online store The Hamper Emporium, which has "a mix of in-house employees and remote employees," recently offered insights into what qualities she looks for when considering a candidate for a remote role — and the quality she avoids.
"The knack to prioritize work is a skill I look for in a remote employee," Waters shared.
Not only should you be sharing that you know how to work efficiently and effectively, you should also demonstrate you know how to make strong decisions on what's most important and what needs to be done first.
"Remote workers enjoy a lot of autonomy because of the nature of the setup," Water said. "In my experience, individuals who don't know how to prioritize work end up being less efficient."
"Employees with previous remote working experience always get a minor boost," Water said.
Even if you've never worked a full-time remote role, mentioning any experience you have managing projects outside of an office (or even outside of nine-to-five), can be beneficial to your application.
"I would recommend job hunters add at least a freelance remote experience," Waters said. "This will give them a slight edge above the rest in case there's a tie."
When it comes to a quality that makes Waters turn away from a candidate, she warns that being too flexible can be a bad thing.
"It is vital for remote employees to communicate things as it is," she said. "Sugarcoating or partial hiding of problems can cause long term issues. It is hard to intuitively spot issues for managers in a remote setting. Poor communication leads to problems being solved too late, which can have disastrous consequences."
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