Why Legitimate Remote Jobs are Hard to Find

job search remote jobs Apr 05, 2019

Have you diligently searched for remote jobs only to be discouraged by seeing the extremely high number of candidates who applied for the same position before you? Or how about getting a response and finding out that the ‘management’ role you applied for was actually for a multi-level marketing (MLM) scheme?

According to a survey conducted by Owl Labs spanning 23 countries across 6 continents, only 16% of companies around the globe are fully remote and a whopping 44% do not allow remote work at all.

The survey also established that while 68% of global employees work remote at least once a month, only 18% work remotely full time. Additionally, an overwhelmingly large percent of the employees who reported working remote full time, are in South America).

Also, FlexJobs reports that for every ONE legitimate remote job, there are 60-70 scams!

"44% of global companies do not allow remote work at all."

One reason legitimate remote jobs are not plentiful on the mainstream job boards is because it’s smaller companies that are twice as likely to hire remote workers. They don’t always use mainstream advertising (for a myriad of reasons). But when they do, that’s when you click on a posting and see that 500+ people have already applied.

So, how do you increase your chances of being selected for that role?

There are many factors that go in to selecting an ideal candidate for remote work. Experience in field is just ONE. Hiring managers also look for a certain set of characteristics in their candidates who will be working from home. A couple more would be:

Proactive Communication -and- Resourcefulness

Your resume needs to be tailored for remote work, highlighting the key characteristics of a successful remote worker as well as any previous experience working remote. You know...all those conference calls and virtual meetings with your colleagues in other countries? – Yes, that is remote work experience.

In Closing – Finding legitimate opportunities for remote work is one thing; Securing the job over all the other candidates is another. Both require deep insight and strategy.


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