How to Position Yourself For Remote Work Opportunities

The pandemic changed the world in all aspects including the work environment. Today, the capability to work remotely is an essential demand in several organizations willing to employ a remote workforce. A person's chance of getting employed is even higher if they can sell themselves as one who can work remotely and independently.

However, working remotely can also be a bit burdensome if you don't develop the discipline to stay productive. Without this discipline, you can be faced with challenges like working long hours or getting distracted by your children, pets, your favorite television series or a call from your friend for coffee. Whether you enjoy working remotely or not, you can succeed if you learn to manage it.

If you are ready to learn more, read ahead for how to position yourself for your remote work. This article is written to equip you to manage, find and position yourself for remote work openings.

Several Ways To Find And Position Yourself For Remote Work Opportunities

#1. Ask Yourself If Getting a Remote Work Is Actually Right For You

It is possible that you have several great reasons why you may want a remote job. However, you still need to ask yourself the question, “is remote work right for me?”.

Your ability to properly respond to this question requires some research and self-reflection. You need to discover your personality to understand which environment is most suitable for you to work in. You also need to look into some pros and cons of working remotely.

Pros

  • No more struggles with traffic every morning
  • You may get to work according to a more flexible schedule
  • You can typically work from the location of your choice
  • You may get more time to spend with your family
  • You will spend less on transportation and lunch breaks
  • You could also be free from office drama

Cons:

  • You should know that sometimes it gets lonely working home alone
  • You could burn out fast trying to shuffle between work life and home life
  • You may need more discipline in order to maintain a healthy work life

Remote work isn't for everybody, some people really thrive well in an office environment, while others thrive well working remotely. However, if in your checklist, the pros of working remotely outweighs the cons, “Congratulations”. If you are ready to learn more, read ahead for how to position yourself for your remote work.

#2. Make Your Work Space

Your workspace is simply your own work setup, and for most jobs it really doesn't have to be anything complex. It helps you to position yourself for any remote work environment. Your workspace requires a devoted space that majorly consists of the following:

  • a chair and table
  • computer (desktop or laptop)
  • high speed Internet
  • mobile phone

However, if you don't have this setup yet, you need to put it together soon. It is also important that you master the fundamental tools that will help you become effective in your workplace like spreadsheets, computer configuration, software setup and others. It would be great if you have the full package of Microsoft or Apple work tools installed on your devices so that you can get connected and perform the basics of work email and word processing.

#3. Master Video Conferencing Tools

You will need to familiarize yourself with software applications like Zoom, Google Meet and Skype. You should also download and install any software needed and learn how to use them properly, including their advanced controls.

An interview with a client or company is not the time to set up your background, get your microphone working or fix the lighting and contrast with your camera. You should perform test calls with a friend or family member beforehand to test your video and audio setups.

Having these video conferencing devices mastered will allow you to not just affirm when asked if you are familiar with the devices, but also give you the confidence to teach others and expand on your depth of knowledge.

#4. Study and Use The Right Language

Every company has a unique language used to communicate and if you're trying to find remote work, you need to pay attention to the wordings used by those companies. You might notice that companies in your industry or line of work tend to say ‘telecommute’ instead of ‘remote’ or ‘remote’ instead of ‘virtual.’ Having this knowledge can help you streamline your search on the most suitable keywords for your career goals.

#5. Build Work Ethics

Even if no one told you directly, having a good remote work ethic builds efficiency. A good work ethic even in a remote job proves that you can be trusted to be given a task and have it completed without someone there to constantly shadow you.

You can also take new training to expand your skills on daily goals and of course, prepare yourself for a promotion even if you are just getting started. This mindset is best to ensure that you are making a positive change instead of waiting for your clients and manager to keep dragging you along.

Conclusion

One of the effects of choosing a remote work is that you are not limited by the environment or your local job. Build your platform, create a profile on one of the remote hiring platforms and plan your time and working space. You can overcome all the challenges and obstacles that go with a remote job if you give yourself time.

This is why at VanderYacht Consulting, we make sure that you are not alone. Here we will work with you to ensure that you get your dream remote job. Contact us today.

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