6 Reasons You’re Not Getting a Remote Job

If you have been on the hunt for a remote job, especially recently, you may be wondering why you are not finding success. There can be many different reasons for failing to get a remote job and we will cover 6 of them in this article.

Remote work has been on the rise for a long time now but thanks to COVID, we have seen a surge in the number of remote positions becoming available. With the direction that the remote job economy is taking, it has created excitement and desire for those who have an interest in remote work

Whether you want to travel the world as a digital nomad or spend more time with your family, a remote job offers many attractive possibilities. That being said, the competition is huge, especially at a time like this, but I will go into that more later.

Just to clarify, this article focuses on remote jobs which is entirely different to being a freelancer. It appears that many people are misconstrued when it comes to the difference between a freelance gig and a remote job.

6 Reasons You’re Not Getting a Remote Job

1: COVID-19

Ok, it’s an obvious one but this is probably the number one reason you can’t get a remote job right now. The global economy is suffering and unemployment is at a high-rate.

You might be thinking, “What does that have to do with me getting a remote job?”

Well, it has everything to do with it. If you consider how many people are unemployed right now and searching for jobs, the competition is going to be huge.

BUT with the trend of remote work coinciding with COVID, this has made competition for remote work increase even more. Regardless of how many more positions are becoming available, there is still a high amount of competition.

The best thing to do in this situation is to try and hone in on a particular skill you have and focus on getting a remote job in a niche industry.

For example, the competition for customer service is going be 10x higher than those in IOS engineering for example. But equally the requirements will be stricter, so you have to evaluate remote jobs carefully.

Take a look at our selection here.

2: Experience

This is not just applicable to remote jobs but all jobs in the world.

If you lack the experience to do a job, you will likely never be considered. Now, I have been lucky on occasions and landed remote jobs without experience, but that is only due to determination and a demonstration of skills.

I don’t need to go through the requirements for different jobs as those are fairly obvious and applicable to individual jobs. You wouldn’t apply for an IT developer job with experience in sales for example.

When it comes to remote jobs though, it’s not just workplace experience you need, you will need remote working experience.

That’s right, employers want you to have experience of working remotely. If this is the case and you don’t have any remote work experience, ask your current employer to work from home 1 day a week. This will allow you to say you have experience working from home without telling lies.

For those that are unemployed and have never worked from home, your best opportunity is to try and land some freelance work to claim you have experience working from home.

If you are unsure when applying, please reach out to the employer and ask them what the requirements are about remote work experience. If the job description doesn’t mention anything about remote work experience, then you are fine.

3: Desperation

This is one that I have witnessed almost every day and people do really let themselves down because of it.

I understand, and employers understand that these are desperate times and people have bills and families, etc, but there is a line.

I have spoken to employers that have posted a job, received an application, then received emails, Facebook messages, LinkedIn messages, and more from one candidate. This is excessive.

As soon as an employer sees that, you will be disregarded from any application. I know this because I used to hire candidates too.

You should never try and reach out to an employer personally and should remain professional at all times.

When applying for a job, send the required information, and make a note of the deadline date. If you don’t hear anything 2 weeks after the deadline, then politely email the employer and ask the status of the application and some feedback.

In my opinion, anything extra than that is too excessive.

This also applies to posts on social media and anywhere else you might discover a job posting.

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4: Laziness

Harsh but unfortunately, true.

This is another big reason why you won’t get a remote job or any job for that matter.

Some people think that they can send one application a week and the job will be theirs. Those people are very much mistaken.

In today’s world you need to be applying for jobs in the hundreds. I want to make it clear though, you should still only apply for jobs relevant to your skills.

When I was searching for remote jobs, I think I sent out close to 100 applications a week with a 5% successful response rate. All of these positions were relevant to my skills though.

If you are unemployed then you should really be spending all-day every-day searching and applying. There are so many websites out there for remote jobs, although not many like Remote Jobs Co

So keep this in mind when you are wondering why you haven’t succeeded in your remote job search. It is not the job that requires dedication but also the search and application.

5: Focusing on the Wrong Thing

This may seem vague so let me explain.

Some people spend so much time applying for jobs but not enough time to develop their skills. For example, if we make it into a percentage and you spend 80% of your time searching and 20% applying, what are you dedicating to improving?

This kind of links into experience at the same time. If you have no experience but aren’t doing anything about it, then you will never succeed.

I didn’t know anything about marketing and SEO 5 years ago but I decided to learn 1 new thing everday. Whether it was a podcast, YouTube video, or a free course, I utilized my time effectively and it paid off.

I will give another example to make this clear:

Candidate 1: Applies for 100 content writing positions in a week and has no experience. Has never tried to work on skills and has no portfolio.

Candidate 2: Applies for 80 content writing positions in a week and spends the extra time writing blogs for an online portfolio. When applying for jobs they link their portfolio in the application. Every day they learn something new about SEO, writing trends, and how to better their skills.

Which candidate do you think will succeed in landing a remote job?

It’s about balance. Make sure you have a plan and apply yourself in the right areas depending on what you want to achieve.

6: Not Searching in the Right Place

The final point I want to make on why you can’t get a remote job is that you are not searching in the right place.

Are you going to get a remote job by going out and asking retail stores?

Ok, that was a bad example. The Internet is full of remote job boards and websites but some haven’t really caught on to the trend yet.

You want to focus mainly on “remote only” job websites first. Then once you get comfortable searching, start to look on major job sites like LinkedInIndeed, and FlexJobs. Following that, join Facebook groups where you can find some opportunities.

Be careful when you start to move away from well-known sites because there are scams out there and you can be a victim to one if you are not careful.

I will be publishing an article on remote job scams later next month so make sure you are subscribed.

That concludes the list of why you can’t get a remote job. I hope that you get some value from the article and I would appreciate it if you share to help others using the social links below.

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