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5 Basic Skills Required for Online Jobs

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Freelance writing, data entry, and transcriptionists are just a few of the jobs available online. Other more unfamiliar Internet jobs include being an online juror and making viral videos.

Without a doubt, many businesses place more importance on telecommuting, working from home and communicating via the internet.

However, the skill set required to get online jobs differ based on the organization, all jobs share definite characteristics requiring similar know-how.

Below are the skill sets required for online jobs:

  1. Technical Know-How

Many employers require workers to use certain efficient software, video conferencing tools and have the ability to sail across particular websites.

Workers seeking an Internet-related job must be technically proficient in order to handle these demands. Although many enterprises provide detailed instructions on how to manage business-related devices, workers must have a basic knowledge of working on computers.

Compulsory skills include using internet browser, using necessary ports to hook up supplementary software such as web cameras or voice-recognition software, managing program installations and verifying Internet access.

  1. Word Processing

Being familiar with Microsoft Word will help you get most online jobs. You may need to use it for your own marketing efforts or to complete writing and other projects.

Clients may need help with editing, inserting tables and graphics, formatting documents and creating catalogs. If you take calls as a customer service representative, you will have to document your calls using a word processor.

Not being acquainted with Microsoft Word will hold back your ability to do your work, or get one in the first place.

  1. Data Entry

Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Access and Outlook are also in demand, especially when it comes to data entry work.

If you are at ease with these programs, you can provide a huge benefit to organizations that need to keep track of customer’s information, orders or other research data.

However, first-rate typing skills may be all that you need for a data entry job. For example, some firms gather names and email addresses and basically need to employ a data entry specialist to type them in an online form.

  1. Communication Skills

Though speaking to an employer does not require spell-check, written communication carries added significance with an online job. Sending memorandums, emails, and directives to workers require strong writing skills.

These skills are especially needed in drafting online content, drafting contracts and performing technical writing jobs, and engaging in legal correspondence.

Employees must also stay in close contact with their fellow online personnel. This is especially critical for team-based projects. In some cases, communication requires networking with others in your field.

Networking online may lead to other opportunities – the web is full of odd jobs that often only get discovered by other online workers.

  1. Reliability and Organization

As your employer cannot walk over to your desk, he/she must depend on your ability to communicate with him/her quickly and efficiently.

Reliability is a key skill that promotes trust between you and your employer or clients.

Moreover, the lack of structure mandates workers to develop strong organizational skills like submitting work on time, keeping track of deadlines, and balancing personal responsibilities with work are just a few aspects of working an online job.

Getting employed for online work can be highly competitive. Improving or acquiring any of the above computer skills can make a big transformation in whether an employer or client will hire you.

It is well worth the time and money to work on your computer skills if you want to work this way full-time.

This article is contributed by Pritam Nagrale who writes about online jobs & career tips on his blog SureJob. All his tips & ideas come through research & his experience.


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Mahesh Kumar

Apr 04, 2017

Data entry jobs from home do exist, but you don't want to go searching for websites in order to do it. That will only lead you to scams. To find an online data entry job, you need to first go to job posting sites, such as Monster or HotJobs. Then, you need to search through data entry jobs using the keyword "telecommuting"

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