6. Highlight the strengths of remote professionals
“Navigating your role remotely and meeting or exceeding expectations really displays independence and resilience, which are good characteristics to have,” says Harris. “Remote work may be more challenging in the sense of showcasing your work but if you’re able to still be successful, it highlights the type of person you are and the challenges you are able to successfully face.”
7. Make no news into good news
Oftentimes, there is no sign that IT professionals are excelling in their roles; everything works seamlessly. “When you make things smooth for users, they may not notice you and your team were the success behind that seamlessness,” says Lisa Rangel, former recruiter and managing director of Chameleon Resumes. “Taking steps to promote your successes in a factual manner is key to remaining noticed at work.”
8. Seek out feedback
“Schedule regular meetings with interdepartmental leaders and the teams to identify where support can improve and get feedback on what is working well,” Rangel advises. “Be proactive about setting these feedback meetings and don’t wait for others to do it with you – and don’t assume they know you are doing a good job.”
9. Suggest video stand-ups
You might consider asking your boss for a quick check-in by Zoom or phone weekly or daily. “This ensures you are aligned with your manager and team on the priorities of the day,” says Zorc. "Not only does this add accountability into your day, but it also allows you to discuss core objectives and plan. If you aren’t doing something like this already, consider taking initiative and suggest this to leadership.
10. Network virtually
“Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you should disconnect,” Zorc says. “On the contrary, you need to be more aware of what’s going on in the company.”
Connect with others in the organization who can help you in your role and provider subject matter expertise. “Besides potentially making new friends and boosting morale, this gives you a holistic view of the business,” says Zorc. “It’s also a proactive way for you to grow and see how you can help other co-workers and vice versa.”
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