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8 Major Challenges to Finding a Remote Job in 2024

The desire for remote work is soaring, but many individuals still face challenges securing these opportunities. Not all roles lend themselves to remote setups, some companies are hesitant to embrace remote work, and the competition for such positions is intense.

Wondering why so many people struggle to find remote jobs even when the demand seems high. Here are some reasons and challenges:

LOOKING FOR ENTRY-LEVEL REMOTE JOB

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Companies may worry that remote work hinders proper training and development for new employees. Besides this, companies might worry that entry-level employees, especially those new to the workforce, might be more susceptible to distractions in a home environment, leading to decreased productivity and focus. These are usually challenges people will face while finding entry-level jobs.

A user shares, “Because they have no experience or qualifications, very few companies are going to allow entry-level employees the option to work remotely.”

MISALIGNMENT OF AVAILABLE WFH JOBS

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The rise of technology has driven the demand for specific skill sets in the remote workforce. While some possess these skills inherently, others lack the necessary training or experience to thrive in remote roles. This gap can create a frustrating barrier for individuals yearning for a WFH lifestyle.

As this user says, “There is a misalignment of available WFH jobs and a population of people that just want to be at home. The people who want to be at home search for remote jobs instead of focusing on their skill set and what sort of jobs can be performed at home.”

WFH JOBS ARE CALL CENTER JOBS

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While the demand for remote work is soaring, the reality is that many widely available WFH jobs fall under the umbrella of call centers. Not everyone wants to do those.

THE DEMAND IS MORE THAN THE SUPPLY

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The demand for work-from-home (WFH) jobs has skyrocketed in recent years, driven by technological advancements, changing employee preferences, and the lingering effects of the pandemic. However, the current supply of WFH opportunities struggles to keep pace with this burgeoning demand, creating a significant gap in the job market.

A user says, “The demand is high as many companies call people back in the office. So now there are dozens, if not hundreds, of applicants for each job posted. So the demand is higher than the supply.”

COMPANIES PREFER HYBRID WORK TRENDS

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While the desire for fully remote work remains strong, reality paints a different picture. As of today, hybrid jobs, offering a mix of remote and on-site work, outnumber 100% remote positions.

A user says, “I think people are ebbing back to hybrid, and that’s what’s making headlines, but smart businesses will start offering remote to high performers or positions they need to fill. Eventually, that will bid up for talent. It’s hard to say whether or not that you personally, but it’s now a “perk” of employment.”

GREATER APPLICANT POOLS

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Remote work tore down geographical boundaries and created a truly global talent pool. This unprecedented accessibility has led to a significant increase in applicants for remote positions, with several key factors contributing to this phenomenon.

PEOPLE HAVE HIGHER EXPECTATIONS 

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Many believe WFH means minimal work, allowing for extended breaks and frequent personal errands. When they apply for jobs, it doesn’t match their expectations.

A user said, “The demand is high, but many people mistakenly think WFH means they can also care for small children. They also want high pay, full flexibility in their hours, and easy work.”

TOO MANY SCAMS

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Fraudulent job postings often appear on legitimate job boards or social media platforms. They advertise high-paying WFH positions with minimal qualifications, luring potential victims with promises of easy money.

A user says, “My current job started remotely in February but became fully in-office. When looking for a fully remote job in my field, I have seen a lot of scams, have not heard back, or have been told I am overqualified/the job is underpaying. A mix of things, but it has been hard to find a remote job.”

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This article was originally published on Mrs. Daaku Studio.