Getting a remote job is not easy.

That’s right, I figure there’s no point dancing around this fact because chances are, if you’re trying to get a remote job and haven’t figured this fact out already, it won’t be long before you do.

Part of the reason is that many of the fields where remote work is possible, are saturated. Like the conventional work world, you’ll compete against a plethora of applicants every time you send your resume off. With remote workers, distance and borders become a lesser obstacle, expanding the talent pool and making it possible for your competition to become global.

Professionals in financially challenged countries and the existence of apps for everything compound that effect. Here are some prime examples of highly sought-out online services that can be via obtained extremely inexpensive labor or through DIY applications:

Logo Creation

Web Design and Development

Photography

Article Writing

General Marketing

In many cases, clients will get what they pay for and may end up dissatisfied with the lower quality work at cheaper prices (although not always) but by the time that happens, assuming that you’re skillful and therefore your rate that isn’t always as competitive, you’ve lost another opportunity.

Many people are convinced that we’ll soon all be replaced by robots.

However, this is simply not true. AI can predict human behavior and yes, it already delights us, but it is still a bit robotic – in the primitive sense. No pun intended.

Therefore, there are areas of skill that still need a human touch.

While there is definitely a certain level of automation in different areas of these fields. some are:

Marketing Strategy

Copywriting

Translation

Coding

Medical Diagnosis & Advice

Legal Advice

You will notice a trend in jobs such as these that are in demand and can’t be easily automated. The trend is they all need training and skill.

A high-quality company, or client if you’re a freelancer, will refrain from DIY solutions so they can get the best results. This means that in order to get noticed, you will need a stellar resume and/or portfolio. Some companies don’t want to see either and instead want to test your skill through the application process. This is because companies that allow you work remotely are often unconventional and need people that aren’t necessarily run-of-the-mill.

So even if you’ve invested in a wonderfully put together resume or portfolio that you created or by paying to have them created by a professional, you still have to be able to stand out in off-the-cuff application processes

I don’t want you to get disappointed when you set out to work remotely and don’t get a response even after applying for 10 jobs. You may change up your strategy, and there are lots of articles on this site to help you do just that, but don’t give up.

By the way, being competitive doesn’t mean that you should be cutthroat, conceited, or power hungry. 

It simply means to have an insatiable drive to improve yourself, learn new things, and when it comes to your employer, bringing lots more to the table than your need for a paycheck.

In fact, the kind of “competitive” we’re talking about is making yourself the kind of person that simply has lots to offer.

What are some things that you’ve done to compete in today’s job market, and especially to find freelance gigs or remote work?