The Remote Job Skills You Didn't Even Know You Had

Danielle Beatty
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More jobs are remote these days as companies continue to keep employees working from home. Employers desire a little bit more from remote workers, but don't worry—you may already have the skills they seek for to you shine as a remote employee. Here are 5 remote job skills you didn’t even know you had.

1.  Time Management
What it is? MindTools defines this as, “the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities.’”

Do I have it? At work, examples are creating and sticking with a written schedule or completing one task before moving to the next (i.e.: not multitasking). At home, this may look like planning anything from finances to meals to personal goals.

2.  Strong Written Communication Skills
What it is? Written communication, or making use of the written word to interact, is absolutely necessary when working from home.

Do I have it? In work, this looks like writing clear and direct emails or messages to colleagues. At home, this may look like listening well to others and being recognized for it, like having your spouse or friends say, “You are a good listener.”

3.  Computer Skills
What it is? Any knowledge and ability that allows you to use computers and related technology is considered a computer skill according to

Do I have it? At work, expertise ranging from Word to HTML that sets you apart in the remote working field. At home, time spent on Instagram or in a Zoom Video chat can come in handy for work!

4.  Self-Motivation
What it is? Positive Psychology defines “self-motivation…[as] the force that drives you to do things.”

Do I have it? For work, this looks like starting and finishing a task without the need for others reminding you to get it done. At home this might look like sticking to a personal fitness plan or perhaps taking on home improvement projects without anyone telling you to.

5.  Balance
What it is? How you prioritize between personal and professional activities is work life balance.

Do I have it? Things like playing to your strengths, setting a schedule, exercising and setting aside personal time are examples of this balance that is essential in work and life.


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  • Joan S.
    Joan S.

    As a nurse, I had to be very organized and plan my time well in order to care for numerous people in a scheduled period of time. During that time, there were many tasks to balance with numerous interruptions. Good customer service, time management, organization, team work, stability and documentation were key skills required. As an office person/nurse, I was expected to have excellent customer service, team management, scheduling expertise, computer /phone/office machine and insurance skills, the ability to prioritize, organize and maintain a busy schedule.

  • Marco B.
    Marco B.

    In life you have to have balance, Balance, good sense, responsibility, it is like riding a bicycle you have to have balance, but you have to look ahead and see what there is to avoid falling, hitting yourself, hurting someone or yourself, you have to have clear, precise, measurable and achievable objectives, set daily goals so as not to fill up with tasks and unresolved issues there is time for everything if you manage it well

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