Want to work from home but you’re not sure what you can do? You can leverage any of the five skills listed below to find a remote job that you love. Many job seekers spend their time searching by job title — but job titles can vary greatly from company to company and can be hard to understand. Instead, focus on the responsibilities listed in the job description. Look for job descriptions that list skills that you already have.
Each skill listed includes example jobs and companies, plus keywords to use when using job search sites, and alignment with skills listed in our Remote Work Competency Model.
5 Skills to Leverage to Find Remote Jobs
Do you speak more than one language? You can get a remote job as a translator, interpreter, transcriber, or customer service representative. Additionally, you can set yourself apart from other candidates for other types of jobs if you highlight your language skills.
If a job description does not directly say that they need someone with language skills, research the position to see if any of the responsibilities include customer-facing support. If so, chances are you will have to speak with someone for whom English is not their first language. Your language skills might be just the thing to make your resume stand out from the crowd.
Example Company: Lionbridge
Keywords to use in your job searches: language, bilingual, [the languages you speak], translate, interpret, intercultural communication
Remote Work Competencies: Intercultural Communication
WRITING & EDITING
Do you blog? Have you ever been published? Do you read a lot? Have you ever edited or revised someone else’s work? If you love the written word in any capacity, look into jobs that require writing and editing skills.
Jobs that might suit you include: blog content writing, editing, proofreading, copy editing, and writing reviews. Writing skills are also important for just about any remote job, since you’ll be required to write in order to communicate with your team members: emails, messages, memos, and other internal communications. If your position is customer-facing, you’ll also have to write to communicate with them.
Example Company: Thomson Reuters
Keywords to use in your job searches: writing, editing, proofreading, content, copy editing, revising, reading, reviews
Remote Work Competencies: Communication
If you have any experience in the classroom, you have valuable skills that are in high demand by remote workplaces. You can get jobs as a tutor, instructor, corporate trainer, or in customer service in a help-desk capacity. Additional job opportunities include instructional design or assessment writing.
Example Company: K12
Keywords to use in your job searches: education, curriculum, teacher, tutor, instructor, instruction, assessment, training, learning, instructional design
Remote Work Competencies: Learning outcomes, facilitation
Do you have a large social media following? Turns out all that time you spend on Facebook or Pinterest can be used to land a job. Social media posting and management are skills that are incredibly in-demand.
You can get jobs using these skills as a social media content writer, manager, or strategist. Many administrative or virtual assistant jobs also require some social media responsibilities. If you don’t yet have a portfolio, create one — and be sure to add examples of your successful posts or campaigns to show off your skills.
Example Company: Zirtual
Keywords to use in your job searches: social media, content marketing, marketing, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram
Remote Work Competencies: Communication
Have a knack for coordinating schedules? Have a great attention to detail? Take a look at event coordination and scheduling jobs, where you can use that eye for detail and your ability to juggle information to get an event planned and carried out. Many virtual assistant jobs also require planning skills, as do customer service positions and management positions.
Example Company: Belay
Keywords to use in your job searches: scheduling, calendar, appointments, coordination, events
Remote Work Competencies: Scheduling and logistics
This post lists just five examples of in-demand skills—there are many, many more! These are just a sample of the kinds of skills that will help you find and win work-from-home jobs.
Remember that many jobs you’ll find won’t require previous experience in that exact field, but it will certainly help you if you do have relevant skills.
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