5 Tools You Need To Know If You’re Applying for Remote Jobs
Updated: Sep 25, 2019
No one uses AOL Instant Messenger these days.
Here are the tools you need to know how to use before applying for a remote job:
Slack is used by companies everywhere, whether they’re remote or not. Your PTA might even want to consider creating a workspace to communicate with all of its members! If you don’t yet have a reason to use it, there are many different types of communities on Slack that you can join. While there isn’t a “directory”, what you can do it Google “Slack workspace for…” and you’ll find a compiled list of workspaces you can join. For example, I looked up “Slack workspace for marketers” and this list popped up.
Also, it’s FREE and you can download the app or just use it on your laptop or desktop.
Trello can be used by companies and teams to work collaboratively and remotely on projects. While you may not yet have a reason to have a Trello account, you can learn to use it and practice working remotely by sharing a board with your family for scheduling your upcoming family vacation or with your spouse for your house to-do list. Here is a great article on How to Organize Your Entire Life Using Trello.
When you can’t see your coworkers face to face in person, the next best thing is to chat face to face online! Think of this as Facetiming with your coworkers. While that seems easy, what you should learn is how to use the different tools on Zoom or Appear.in. The last thing you want to do is to show up for a meeting late because you had to download Zoom or you didn’t know how to share your screen on Appear.in for your first big presentation. To get your practice with these tools, take a meeting with a friend online or start taking online face to face meetings with potential clients!
While the others listed all have apps too, this one’s app is a lifesaver. You basically tap a button on your phone when you start working on something and tap it when you’re done. It’ll also ask you what you’ll be working on each time. It’s a lifesaver because one of the biggest problems you might have while working from home (at first) is not having set hours or having to work for 20 minutes here and 30 minutes there. If you’re freelancing, this can really hurt you because you might be spending far more time than you think on a project and not getting adequately paid. Having a detailed account of how much time you spend on a project (even if it is in spurts throughout the day) also makes you look more professional to your client and employer should they question how you spent your time on the project.
You also might want to use this tool to see at what times of the day you are most productive! This can help you plan your days more efficiently moving forward.