Building on the last video, this video discusses how can people set themselves up for success in a flexible career and overcome those challenges, including an overview of the skills employers seek in flexible workers and how viewers can build or improve those skills.
- Here's the deal, not everyone is cut out to have a flexible career. Sure, having more control over when, where, and how you work sounds great, but not everyone is ready for that. In a lot of ways, it's easier to have a set work schedule, an office to show up to every day, and a manager looking over your shoulder. So if you want to be one of the people who does really well with a flexible career, you've got to learn some skills. Here are five key skills that employers tell us they really like to see when they're hiring for flexible and remote jobs.
The first is the ability to focus without that manager looking over your shoulder. It's essential that you be able to manage your time and complete tasks. You need to be able to speak up and ask questions proactively. You should be comfortable with technology and have basic troubleshooting skills. In other words, you don't panic when your computer gets glitchy. And, you should have a growth mindset, which means that you embrace change and continuous learning. Which of these skills do you already feel good about and which will you maybe have to do a bit more work to get stronger in? Pick a few of those key skills to practice.
Look for chances to use them in your current job or even your personal life. And there's one other skill you'll need as a flexible worker, digital communication tools. You may not know all of these, but you can learn them pretty easily. Employers tell us that these are some of the digital communication tools that their flexible teams use the most. The awesome thing about these communication tools is that there's nothing stopping you from learning them now. Each of them offers free trials or free levels. I've put a more detailed list in the exercise files for you.
Pick one or two from each category and check them out. Enlist a friend or a family member to help you play around with them and once you've got the hang of them, you can add them to your resume and your LinkedIn profile. It's just like going to the gym, the more you use all of these critical skills, the stronger they'll become and that effort will set you up nicely to be a star performer in a flexible work environment.
- What is a flex job?
- Asking for flexible work options at your current job
- Looking for a flexible job
- Avoiding scams
- Resume and interview tips for flex jobs