Remote Working Is Steadily Gaining Steam-So What Are The Skills Companies Are Looking For?
September 16 , 2020
The remote working era is upon us and companies are scrambling to get their current employees on-board. At the same time, unemployed individuals and independent freelance workers, are deciding how they want to tackle the new remote working market.
From the looks of it, there are plenty of remote jobs, but only certain skills are at the top of the list. If you're a freelancer, you have probably adapted your skills to the new remote work trend already.
However, there are many in the workforce or entering the workforce, who must "up-skill" in order to gain a footing in the teleworking community.
Unconventional telecommuting jobs such as tutorials on how to knit toe-socks or teaching bird calling techniques, are not the most sought after...but then again, times have changed. People are more creative today and are able to reach a wider audience thanks to the internet. The means of making a living have never been so eccentric and unique!
Even so, this article is mainly about the more common and specialized occupations, and where they stand on the remote work pyramid. So, if you're thinking about jumping into the remote work pool, or if you're a freelancer and want to expand your income, I have created a list of some of the most in-demand skills for teleworking as of 2020.
In Demand Skills For Remote Work By Category
Most Common Remote Jobs
Writer, Translator, or Editor
The remote industry is flooded with writers, editors, and translators. In many instances, you can set your own price per-word or per-project, unless you use one of the many online services for writers. There may be a language preference and a request that you are a native speaker of that language.
Writing jobs include articles, copywriting, book writing, product descriptions, social media copy, and so on. The variety is endless. Having previous writing experience helps and an understanding of SEO (search engine optimization) will give your applications a real boost.
Virtual assistants are in great demand. If you are a good organizer and don’t mind overseeing a variety of sometimes mundane tasks, you will probably do well at this job. It’s much like the pre-remote working days. An entry office position required the newbie to perform multiple routine tasks, acting as the company "gofer." Except now, it’s all virtual. The job requires responding to or writing emails, scheduling appointments, performing online research, etc.
The task of a data analyst requires analyzing stacks of data and research to improve administrative policies for your employer.