A new analysis identifies the ten best fields for remote work—and their most in-demand skills.
Soft skills aren’t as soft as they sound. In fact, they can make or break your career—especially when it comes to remote work.
As the professional world settles into a new norm of working from home, soft skills—defined by Workable as “general characteristics that help employees thrive in the workplace, no matter their seniority level, role or industry”—have come to the forefront in hiring and recruitment decisions.
There are more remote jobs than ever before—but there are also more remote job-seekers. Between a steady unemployment rate and the geographic flexibility of remote work, the market is saturated with candidates, many of whom are equally qualified from a technical standpoint. In a flooded hiring pool, hard skills matter—but soft skills can help you rise to the top.
FlexJobs and PAIRIN recently put together a list of the top ten remote-work fields between March 1 and November 30 of last year, along with each field’s top five soft skills. Whether you’re looking to break into a new field or move up in your current career, it helps to know which relational and interpersonal skills can best complement your technical abilities in the career arena.
As defined in the FlexJobs-PAIRIN analysis, here are the top 25 soft skills and traits for success in remote work.
- Accountability: “To be answerable. To take responsibility for outcomes through the appropriate use of resources, personal integrity, and self-monitoring.” This skill is especially important in the Medical & Health remote-work field.
- Assertiveness: “Global tendencies to express and interact with boldness, enthusiasm, and confidence.” Assertiveness is critical for remote workers in Sales, Customer Service and Marketing.
- Collaboration & Teamwork: “To combine efforts and resources with others toward a common goal.