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The Importance of Career Pathing for Remote Professionals

Guest post by Linda Ginac, CEO of TalentGuard 

The world of work is changing rapidly, thanks in part to the advances made in the technology marketplace. As companies continue progressing toward a more modern approach to operations, it is no surprise that an estimated 63% of businesses have remote workers among their ranks. What may be shocking is that half of these organizations have no remote work policy, including the absence of career pathing capabilities for those who work outside the confines of a traditional office. Remote workers deserve the same type of career development frameworks and opportunities as on-site employees, but the distance can make this task more daunting. The good news is that technology makes this less of a challenge for organizations with remote employees.

Here’s what companies need to know about the importance of career pathing among remote workers, and how to implement a sound process for achieving it.

Why Career Pathing Matters

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A New Spin on Networking Events

Let's talk networking events. You know that building a network is important to getting a job and moving up in your career, so you attend them, or at least, you've attended them in the past. 

You take your business card and you head over, ready to work the room and meet new connections. Sometimes it pans out, sometimes not. Sometimes, you have to explain what working remotely is all about. And sometimes, it's just a complete wash. 

Now tell me this: have you ever wondered why all these events are still done in person? Think about the time it takes to attend traditional networking events: getting ready, traveling to the place, and then the actual event itself, then traveling back. It seems silly to use all that extra commuting time when there are so many tools that are at our disposal now that make simulating face-to-face interactions so much easier. 

Well, now there is an event that uses these tools to network virtually. 

And you're...

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Questions to Ask When You're at a Remote Career Crossroads

At some point in our careers, we have all had those moments we can call crossroads, where we need to make a decision about whether to stay in a job or take other opportunities.

This moment could be the result of a job offer, a burning desire to strike off on your own, or it could be the result of your current position not being the best place for you at this moment in your career.

The Remote Career Crossroads

"Should I stay or should I go?"

Before you can answer this BIG question, ask yourself the following series of smaller questions.

What does your ideal job look like?

Describe what you really want to be doing on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis. What kind of projects are you working on? What are you learning? What do you want to accomplish? And finally, how do these responses differ from what you experience in your current position?

Is your ideal job possible in your current organization?

If you can see real examples of people moving up in the way that you would like to...

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You Can Climb the Corporate Ladder Virtually

By Christina Lewellen, MBA, CAE

Like many career-minded individuals, I had professional development and advancement goals for climbing the corporate ladder long before I had heard of the concept of “telework.” As my career has unfolded, I’ve had several opportunities to work virtually but I never lost sight of the trajectory I envisioned for myself. As it turns out, you can have the best of both worlds—but it does take planning, focus, and a willingness to pedal a little bit faster than everyone else.

 

VIRTUAL STRENGTH TRAINING

I started my career in journalism, working for daily newspapers, television, and magazines. Looking back, I now realize that these jobs were my virtual employee strength training program. I worked when the stories broke, but the deadlines were firm and constant. I experienced a boot camp, of sorts—I had flexibility in my schedule but I had hard deliverables and plenty of people watching to make sure I met them.

Years later,...

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4 Startups Hiring Remote Workers

When you’re looking for a remote career, there are several options: work for yourself, a large business, or a startup. Large companies like AmazonDell, or Humana will have multiple job openings at any given time, which can expand your opportunities. But there are plenty of startups hiring remote workers, as well. Working at a startup can be fun and exciting and can be a pivotal point in developing your career. Below are four startups that are currently hiring in multiple remote positions.

4 Startups Hiring Remote Workers

Toptal

Toptal is a talent network focused on the software engineering, design, and finance industries. They have under 1000 employees and there are many remote positions available across many disciplines and levels, including:

Head over to their profile on Glassdoor and...

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Networking Tips for Remote Professionals

Networking is important, even if you work remotely. Not only does it expose you to professional opportunities, it also helps you establish and cultivate important relationships that can help you navigate your career. But networking can be tough — even more so if you work from home because you're not in the habit of constant interaction. Here are some networking tips on how you can cultivate an active and supportive professional network if you work from home.

Basically, there are three networking channels you have when working remotely:

  1. Live interactions. These include networking events, conferences, face-to-face team meetings or retreats.
  2. Internet-based networking. This includes connections you make on social media and connections you make in other internet communities like blogs and membership sites.
  3. Work-based networking. This includes the relationships you make in the process of completing your work. Obviously, your coworkers and superiors are in this group. But also...
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Remote Career Tip: Create a Personalized Professional Development Plan

Do you have skills you want to work on? Goals you'd like to achieve? We all do. But: do you have a personalized professional development plan that incorporates all those goals into an achievable learning path? If not, you should consider creating one.

What is personalized professional development?

Professional development is the act of learning in order to gain skills or credentials necessary to succeed in the workplace. There are formal and structured professional development opportunities academic degrees like academic degrees and certification programs. But it can also include informal or more unstructured learning experiences like classes, video series, and reading texts related to your industry.

to earn or maintain professional credentials such as academic degrees to formal coursework, conferences and informal learning opportunities situated in practice. personalized professional development plan is a concrete path for developing specific skills.

Steps

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Remote Career Tip: Find a Mentor

A mentor can be someone within your organization or outside your organization who helps you navigate your career. That's kind of a broad definition, but in reality, there's an extremely wide variety of types of mentors. That's why the first step is:

Decide What You Want

What do you want? Do you need someone within your organization to help you figure out how to advance? Or do you want someone who is in your industry, but outside your organization, to give you perspective? Are you looking for advice from someone who has arrived at the very top of an organization? Or do you need advice from someone who is a little closer to your particular situation?

Consider all of these questions, plus think about how you want to communicate with your mentor. Since you are searching for someone who can help navigate a remote career, make sure that someone has experience working (and advancing) remotely.

Choose a Mentor

Now it's time to find someone who meets your needs. Create a list of all the...

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Ace Your Remote Job Interview

You’ve applied to the remote job of your dreams, and it finally arrives: a message saying you’ve been granted an interview. Congratulations! 

But now, you're wondering: what the interview will be like? How can I make a great impression on the hiring committee?

I’ve brought in a guest to share some tips for how to do just that: Carole Stizza of Relevant Insight. She’s an expert in HR and hiring practices and consults with individuals on how to improve their interviewing skills.

Carole's responses to some common questions about interviewing for work-at-home jobs are below.

How is an interview for a remote position different than one for a traditional position?

Interviewing remotely saves you the headache of traveling, traffic that might make you late, finding the right location, etc. — whew! That’s a load off your plate!  

The drawback of having to interview remotely is the lack of physical connection: the handshake, the mannerisms of...

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