How to Be a Successful Telecommuter
It can be challenging enough to find a good telecommuting job these days, but more and more companies are jumping on board and establishing telecommute programs - which means increased opportunities for aspiring telecommuters In the future I wouldn't be surprised to see that working at home has become "the norm," while commuting to an office is unnecessaryIt can be challenging enough to find a good telecommuting job these days, but more and more companies are jumping on board and establishing telecommute programs - which means increased opportunities for aspiring telecommuters. In the future I wouldn't be surprised to see that working at home has become "the norm," while commuting to an office is unnecessary. (Of course, some jobs simply can't be done at home, but many can.)
However, equally important as finding a good telecommuting job in the first place is knowing the qualities and traits that will help you to keep your job once you get it!
This article will share some helpful tips for creating and maintaining a successful telecommuting career.
The most important quality you can demonstrate to potential telecommute employers (and even once you have the job) is professionalism. It's not just about behaving well during the interview, either. In every interaction you need to portray yourself as mature, responsible, and business-like. The employer needs to feel confident that you can be trusted. Avoid filling your correspondence with smilies or weird fonts, and try to minimize background noise as much as possible during telephone interviews or meetings.
Also important is to show that you are dependable. You can do this by making sure to be on time for interviews, responding to email or phone calls quickly, and of course once you have the job, "showing up" for work on time every day. Telecommute employers really have to take a leap of faith when they hire you to work at home because they can't stand over you to be sure your work gets done each day. It's up to you to put them at ease by demonstrating your commitment and dependability in every interaction.
Working at home also requires you to be resourceful, much more than regular jobs. You need to be able to think on your feet and handle any challenges that come your way. Your manager may not always be available at the moment you need him or her, so you will be expected to do your best independently. During the interview process your manager may even test your resourcefulness by asking pointed questions like, "How would you handle an irate customer if no one was available to help?" Your answer will reveal a lot about your ability to handle the job.
Since you will be isolated from your manager and co-workers every day, it's also important to stay in contact frequently. This includes answering email and returning phone calls quickly, but also being proactive by asking questions and otherwise making it known that you are involved with and committed to your work.
Most telecommuters work independently, but sometimes you may be required to interact with others in a team environment (even if it's done by telephone or internet). Demonstrate your ability to work well with others by behaving maturely and professionally. If you have a disagreement with your boss or a co-worker, handle it calmly rather than flying off the handle.
There are a few other important qualities of a successful telecommuter, but demonstrating these alone will get you off to a great start. If you would like to know more about telecommuting, visit http://www.Telecommuting123.com/success.html today and download our free guide, "How to Be a Telecommuting Success".