Four Things to Look For In a Virtual Job
Writing a report while you’re curled up on your couch with your cat.
Getting to work early every morning because you never have to deal with a morning commute.
Not having to constantly pay for babysitters and business suits.
These are just a few of the benefits of having a full-time virtual job—in other words, a job that never requires you to go into an office. In addition to these benefits, many virtual workers report enjoying a better work-life balance, as well as being happier and more satisfied in their job.
An increasing number of companies are offering full-time remote employment – but not all virtual jobs are created equal. In order to find remote employment where you’re supported by your employer and can advance your career, we recommend you look for the following four things in an ad for a virtual job:
- Company-provided equipment (with robust security software): Virtual jobs rely on good equipment that supports the platforms and software your employer uses. This usually includes at the very minimum a laptop and smartphone. In addition, your employer should provide you with pre-installed cybersecurity software.
- Technical support: Even the best equipment can develop issues. As a virtual worker, you don’t want to be stuck high and dry if your laptop crashes, so always make sure the company offers dedicated technical support.
- A supportive manager who’s focused on team building: As John Krautzel points out in his Beyond article “The Ups and Downs of Telecommuting for Businesses and Workers,” some virtual workers feel isolated because they never interact with coworkers. Employers who truly support their remote workers will use enterprise software that allows you to communicate with your team in a virtual space. In addition, your manager should include you in team events, such as holding weekly face-time meetings.
- Clear career paths: Many remote workers are afraid they’ll miss out on promotions and other opportunities. Fortunately, many employers do provide career paths for virtual workers. If there’s no mention of this in the job ad, go to the company’s website and see if they mention it.
Virtual work can be rewarding, and with the right employer, it can offer you a bright future. Just make sure that you have the tools and support you need to do your job well and advance within the company!