A shift to working from home or remote work can be a great career move. Here are our career tips, including for work from anywhere jobs.
Workplace flexibility can save you time, help you focus by reducing stress, skip the commute, lessen work interruptions or improve your work-life balance. You can even work from anywhere that makes sense for you these days.
But working remotely can also demonstrate your ability to work independently, reliably and collaborate well with team members. These work skills are often sought by recruiters and hiring managers and thus can improve your resume of skills and experiences.
As I have mentioned and spoken about, we’re becoming a more mobile-ready workforce that can make better use of the tremendous opportunities presented by remote working. Remote work offers full-time and part-time opportunities in a growing number of fields and sectors. There are work options for generations spanning Gen Z and millennials to mid-career professionals and executives. Even retirees and early retirees seeking flexible work or retirement income can find opportunities.
Moreover, as for work innovation, work from home or remote jobs can be a steadier alternative to the gig economy for those who seek viable alternatives to gigs, to freelance work or exclusively freelancing as their primary source of income.
Your experience working from home or remotely means you can also be a resource for your employer and other employees. In our previous blog post, we offered our tips for work at home and remote jobs.
This experience and knowledge helps you build management skills for jobs now and the future of work, as more employers offer work from home and remote work as a business strategy or organizational strategy to attract dedicated workers, talent, reduce operating costs (a stunning example is of PwC as reported in Bloomberg), while improving work processes and productivity.
Employees of all ages seek opportunities for challenge and growth, including millennial employees aiming to demonstrate and develop their leadership skills. Work at home and remote jobs expand the possibilities for jobs and employee experience, offering more opportunities to learn, take initiative, as well as experience or find new challenges. You can learn more about HR’s role in developing employee experience by author Jeanne Meister here.
Offering to learn and take initiative show a willingness to contribute and advance in your career. Know the deadlines, expectations and resources you have to work with; coordinating, managing or providing direction to the work of a team can be a great resume builder. Opportunities to advance in your career may arise in your job, but sometimes you need to ask your manager or boss and follow up – or seek a new or higher position.
Got a question about a position? Don’t hesitate to ask, even the HR or hiring manager. Consider arranging an informational interview with someone of the role you’re interested in if you need insight or a day in the life. If you’re starting in a career or new career, an externship with site visit or internship can be informative. An HR assistant or manager can help arrange one. When applying for a position, follow application instructions and use the interview process to ask specific questions about the role or work culture.
You can also keep tabs on broader trends in the workforce, such as job prospects and growth using the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) or other valuable data. Catey Hill of MarketWatch and personal finance writer Kimberly Palmer have both noted the Bureau’s Occupational Employment Statistics at this link.
Read our recent ideas piece in Fast Company online/Co.Exist here.