It’s no surprise that many are now hesitant to return to the office after the pandemic due to remote work. Here, you can avoid the stress of commuting, worry about a dress code, and fewer people to interact with. Remote work even gave you more control over your schedule as well.
Aside from these perks, remote work allows you to work for foreign clients without going abroad. Australian companies, in particular, have begun hiring Filipino remote workers after seeing the benefits of doing so during this pandemic.
According to Remote Staff’s numbers, we have provided two-hundred forty-six (246) remote contractors to various Australian companies in 2021 alone. The top three roles sought by these companies were administrative( 68 jobs), customer service (42 jobs), and accounting and bookkeeping (30 jobs) roles. More about this data can be seen below:
Before sending your resume, remember that Australian companies have a different work culture from ours. Factors like fluency in English, expectations, management, culture clashes, and even your personality can make or break your relationship with them. To help you adjust, here are five traits to make it easier for you to work with Australian companies.
Fluency in English.
One reason Business Processing Outsourcing companies (BPOs) prefer Filipino is our proficiency in English. Aside from business, we also use English at school, in the government, and in everyday conversation, giving us more than enough practice. This fluency makes communication between you and your client that much easier.
Capable of Working Independently.
Another trait that Australian companies want their Filipino remote workers to have is the capability to work independently. One of remote work’s perks is there’s no more boss is hovering over your shoulder while you’re working. However, this benefit comes with the expectation that you’re capable of taking the initiative and doing tasks by yourself.
When you’re just starting out, it’s understandable that you will need help with your tasks. But once you’re already settled in, you should show more initiative and require less monitoring than when you started. Doing these shows that you are reliable and someone your boss can trust to do their jobs even without supervision.
The Willingness to Grow and Learn New Skills.
Being able to do your work is one thing; growing and learning new skills from it is another. In today’s rapidly changing work environment, those who can learn to adapt will prosper. Australian companies prefer those who aren’t afraid to challenge themselves and learn new skills to improve their work.
Yes. Having the necessary skills for the job is essential, but that alone isn’t enough. Having the right mindset is just as important in the eyes of Australian companies as having the right skillset.
Another advantage that this type of mindset brings is it shows your drive to get the job. Sure, you may not have some of the required skills or experience for it now. But if you show your willingness to learn, you may just land the job because of your perseverance.
Cultural flexibility is a person’s propensity toward valuing and moving across different cultural and social groups and environments. Having this trait allows you to work seamlessly with any client you may have, whether they’re Filipino or a foreigner.
Fortunately, we Filipinos are renowned for our cultural flexibility. There’s a reason Filipino hospitality is a thing, you know. However, we are also known to be rather timid when conversing with our superiors, which could be off-putting to some Australian clients.
When talking to your Australian client, be sure to show confidence and respect to them. Doing this makes the conversation less awkward. It also helps you again avoid any misunderstandings with your clients.
Able to Work Well in Any Team.
Having a coordinated team is essential for any business’s success, especially if said team is working far from one another. This is why Australian companies want Filipino remote workers who can work seamlessly with various kinds of co-workers, even those from a different country.
Working with an Australian client may seem daunting at first. But, if you have the right set of traits they are looking for, it becomes a lot easier. These traits can either improve or hinder your work relationship with your client. That is why it is essential to hone them to increase your chances of getting hired.
I hope this article will guide you in working with your Australian employers. If you are looking for opportunities for online jobs, you can check out Remote Staff for any job openings.