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Knowing Where To Look For Work At Home Jobs.

16 December 2011 No Comment

If you were to  type in the words “work from home jobs” into any popular search engine you’ll be presented with thousands of results. When I used Google, I got over 153 million results. If you look a little closer at the results you’ll see one thing in common. The majority will have the appeal of making thousands of dollars for what they would call “little work with no experience needed”. For the average job seeker, this would be very appealing and you’d be on your way to falling into the “trap”.

It’s very  important to remember that if it were really that simple to make a six-figure income, everyone would be doing it.  Real work at home jobs are just as hard to secure as traditional jobs and with the influx of people interested in these work at home jobs, there’s a huge demand for them. The reality is that locating and securing a work at home job is difficult and the path to securing one, is paved with many scams.

It is possible to find legitimate opportunities to earn income from the comfort of your own home. However, you have to remember to keep your expectations realistic, be prepared to invest a lot of time into the job search process (unless you’re lucky or already have a job lead) and don’t get discouraged. Knowing there are many scammers out there ready to make you their prey, here are some job search tips to help guide you to securing the job of your dreams.

Do Some Research

So you think you’ve found the perfect work at home job… the first thing I’d recommend doing is a bit of research  before you get too far into the application process only to realize that it’s a scam. Look online to see if there’s a website for the company or employer and look for their address and phone number. Give them a call as companies regardless of the nature of work should have a verifiable business address and number and be willing to address questions from customers, business partners or  possible employees.  Next up, check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any current claims against them. They should at least be registered with the BBB. Lastly and probably most effective.. check with online forums and groups. Here’s you’ll find a lot of people in the work at home industry with a lot of insight. If there’s something to know, the members will know and be willing to share with you. If not, post a message (don’t be shy) and you’re almost guaranteed to get a response.

Where To Search

Sites like Monster, Careerbuilder and Workopolis for Canadian job seekers are all websites  you can trust to a certain degree. I believe you have the opportunity to report any employer/s who parade as being legitimate and have scamming as their main goal. Check the websites of local and national newspapers in your area. Their classified section is always a good place to start a job search. Sites like Craigslist and Kijiji does have some legitimate work at home opportunities but with the abundance of bogus listing in just about every city you can think about, you must show a lot of caution and refer back to my tip about doing research. Be careful when the contact email address is one which is one of those free public domains (gmail, yahoo, hot mail etc). Look for an actual company email address.

What Am I Applying For?

Employers want to find qualified job applicants whose expertise will match the needs of their company and they will not beat around the bush. It’s in the employer’s  best interest to be as specific as possible about the job duties, qualifications needed to properly fulfill those duties and anything related to the vacant job applicants should know. Therefore, if you come across a work at home job listing that is so vague that you can’t determine what you would be dong, it’s probably not a legit opportunity.

 

Warning “Phrases”

Work at home job scams comes cleverly disguised in many formats and it would be almost impossible for those without experience to clue into. However, there are a few phrases that should be a red flag when doing your job search. Beware of any work at home job which require you to “process orders.” More often than not, these companies require you to pay a fee. The job consists of posting similar ads on the Internet to get other people to pay the fee. Also, stay away from enveloping stuffing opportunities. Let’s be realistic here, do you know anyone or even read about anyone ever getting employed to stuff envelopes?  Same can be said about ‘crafting” jobs and have you eyes open when it comes to data entry positions. Everyone is looking for a data entry job, so that’s the one field where scammers tend to prey most. * NEVER hand out your personal information unless it’s after a formal job offer was made and NEVER give out your banking info or agree to accept money on behalf of anyone. Not only is that a scam, it’s illegal and will get you into problems with the law.

 

Small Processing Fee.

Employers should pay you to work for them, not vice versa. No legitimate company will ever require you to pay a fee to work for them or even apply for a vacant job. However there are freelancing job boards like elance, Vworker and Guru when you have to bid on projects. Once your bid is successful you will be required to have a portion (small percentage) of the total bid amount go back for use of the service. This is quite normal and nothing to be alarmed about.

 

It’s important to note that you must have the skills and professional traits employers are looking for as you would when apply for any conventional job. Remember to do your research, if your gut feeling is that the job is a scam, chances are it is and if the job promises a huge payment that’s not realistic… be aware!
Good luck with your work at home job search and remember to check out GenuineJobs.com for all your work at home and telecommuting job needs.

 

 

 

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