By University of Phoenix
When you have a conversation in person, you can pick up on body language, tone and other nonverbal cues. You can see when someone is upset or understand when they’re making a joke. It’s much harder to communicate in a virtual environment because you don’t have these nonverbal cues as often — and video can do only so much to facilitate this. This is why clear communication across all mediums is so important.
Remote employees need clear oral and written communication skills. Things can be easily misunderstood when not talking face-to-face. Much of the communication in the remote workplace happens through email, instant messaging or virtual meetings. Efficiency is key. It takes a delicate balance and skill set to clearly communicate with remote team members.
How to show this during the hiring process: First and foremost, the ability to clearly communicate will be on full display in your resumé and any communication you have with a hiring manager. Check for spelling and grammar mistakes. You can highlight communication skills by providing examples of your work or sharing anecdotes when interviewing. To give a good first impression, take time to prepare for the interview and learn about the company.
Every person is unique, which means you might have some remote work skills but not others. Evaluate which strengths you can highlight — like clear communication and adaptability — and which weaknesses you need to improve on. This will help you build your skills and make you a more desirable candidate in your remote job search.
If you need additional help preparing for work in the remote world, check out the job tools and resources offered by University of Phoenix. Browse a collection of downloadable resources, including interview prep guides, resumé templates, cover letter examples and more. Learn more at www.phoenix.edu/blog/career-support/tools-resources.
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