Sunday, April 16, 2006

Lesson 4 - Part 2

FINDING A QUALIFIED VIRTAUL EMPLOYEE

As I am discovering more and more, not everyone has what it takes to be a virtual worker. That means that an employer needs to know what to look for when they are looking for someone who won't be working in the office with them. Reading through an article written by Jeanne L. Allert entitled, "You're Hired, Now Go Home" - virtual companies and employee recruitment, I found some traits that employers should look for when looking for a virtual employee. These traits are:

1. Values and being mission-based
2. Multiple communication skills
3. Decision-making confidence
4. Tech savvy

Here's a link to the rest of the article - there is a lot of informative and interesting research in it.

LookSmart's" FindArticles - "You're Hired, Now Go Home" - virtual companies and employee recruitment
Training & Development, March, 2001, by Jeanne L. Allert

3 comments:

Curtiss Kovash said...

I agree, being a virtual employee is not meant for everyone or every position. The task for management is determining which employees it will work for and how to handle employees who are told they are not good candidates to be virtual employees.

Glenn Strader said...

I liked your article and in paragraph 7, "one advantage in remote interviewing is that you get a fair indication of how well a candidate communicates on the phone, by email, and in writing." That type of communication will demonstrate far more than a resume` or maybe a F2F interview. This reminds me of visiting a person at their work to see how well they perform. Now I can see how they communicate which is the key to being a virtual employee.

Colleen said...

I loved the title of the article you posted...that article was also interesting. I have never interviewed by email and have never talked to anyone who has been interviewed via email. I've think that if you don't have what it takes to be a virtual employee, you might not have what it takes to be employed. Self-motivation is important in any type of job, virtual or not. I like how you divided your posts into parts.