Today’s guest blogger is Paulette Steele with Real Resumes located in Queensland, Australia. Real Resumes is educating people from beginning to end on getting a job. Short videos cover all aspects including: where to look for a job, writing effective resumes, researching and preparing for the interview, and most importantly, mastering the interview itself. Paulette has 15 years of recruitment experience and a vast career in various industries. Below, she discusses important traits for remote workers to possess.
“My mama always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’”-Forrest Gump. So, you must be adaptable in all aspects of life, including recruiting.
One thing we are bound to see more of in the future is people working remotely as employers are realizing it actually works. People are often more productive working from home and technology has been there for years allowing this to occur.
Also, technology now allows people to be able to work a long way from where the project is taking place, e.g. mining industry.
Not everyone has the right skills to work remotely though. So, what are the traits recruiters need to look for in candidates applying for remote work jobs?
The following skills are necessary:
- Growth mindset
- Amazing communication skills
- Emotional intelligence
- Self awareness
- Sense of purpose
- Independent decision making
- Leadership skills
Most of these attributes seem obvious but leadership skills. Sure, if someone is overseeing a project, this is super important, particularly for remote workers.
With communication skills, the candidates need to be adept across various methods as you’re not face-to-face. So, email, text, phone and video meeting are all forms of communication that are vital to know which one is best to utilize for different situations.
Growth mindset requires a person to possess flexibility, perseverance and adaptability. And when remote workers are at home or in an office that is a distance from the project they are managing, then the right candidate will be able to think on their feet and be perceptive.
So, if you have a remote role you are trying to fill, ensure you ask interview questions that will ensure that candidates have the ability to display these skills.