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How to Recognize Legit Work-from-Home Offers

How to Recognize Legit Work-from-Home Offers

By Leslie Radford

Key Takeaways

Online Jobs

Get the Details

Do Your Research

Identifying Scams


These are crazy times we are living in, especially right now with the outbreak of the coronavirus. Many have lost their jobs and looking for work from home during the quarantine. For some, this may be the perfect opportunity to pursue that dream job and breaking away from the typical grind. While there are many legitimate work-from-home- jobs out there, how can you tell them apart from the scams? 

Today, slightly more than 50% of the global workforce spends at least half the week working remotely, according to a 2018 IWG report. Technology makes that possible. 

Here’s how you can spot the red flags:

Red Flag Warning

Online Jobs

Never take an online job if you haven’t at least interviewed by phone or video conference; and if possible, do your interviews in person. Get the names of your interviewers so you can research the people you’ll be talking with to ensure they’re real. If they only use chat, text, or email, it’s probably a scam.

Get the Details

If you’re invited to an interview via in-person or video conference, ask the right kind of questions. Get the exact details of the position and their expectations of you. How does the company make its money? If the answers don’t make sense or don’t sit well with you, think again before advancing. A tactful way to phrase the money questions might be, “What are the company’s top revenue streams?” That way, you’re getting your answer while showing interest in the company. Find out where their headquarters is located to help you research better.

Ask “What type of training will I receive?” If it prompts a discussion about you, the candidate, paying for your own training, it’s most certainly a scam. Any job requiring a fee of any kind to be hired or to purchase supplies, even to pay for a uniform upfront or a background check, is definitely a red flag. 

Legitimate work from home jobs have job descriptions that almost always include a detailed list of responsibilities and required experience to help you determine whether or not you’re qualified to apply. If the description makes it sound like getting the job will be quick and easy, it might be a scam.

Do Your Research

You’ll want to research the company before applying. You can simply check out a company’s website or social media presence, and even contact the Better Business Bureau.  Look at reviews and complaints made about the company. If they have none of these platforms, you may want to rethink your application. Be wary of only positive reviews, they could be fake.

It’s actually best to go to the actual company’s main website and look for the link to its employment or careers page. Some scams may mimic a real company (let’s say www.target.com) with URLs like www.target.jobs.com. When researching the company, you can also stick any URL or email address into Google in quotation marks and search. Articles warning against scams might pop up.

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Identifying Scams

Identifying remote work scams can be tricky, especially since they often appear alongside legitimate opportunities on popular job-search websites. 

In the last four years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received more than 58,000 consumer complaints about bogus opportunities to work from home or launch a business. The median loss for victims is about $1,200, according to the Better Business Bureau’s BBB Scam Tracker.

As the old saying goes, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

How Freelancer Leverage Virtual Offices

How Freelancers Leverage Virtual Offices

How Freelancers Leverage Virtual Offices

By Leslie Radford

 

There is a rapid growth for freelancers in today’s gig-driven economy. Reports have predicted freelancers will comprise half of the U.S. workforce by 2030. Due to the high demand and level of professionalism expected from current freelance work, these self-employed are leaving their 9-5 jobs and looking for a way to work out-of-the-box.

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The Competition

It’s not enough to just work from home anymore. Skilled freelancers need to step up in order to stand out from the millions around the world that are competing for work that is being outsourced from small to large organizations. How do they do this?

Freelancers can maximize their potential and their profit with co-working spaces that allow them access to things like virtual addresses, high-speed internet, networking, presentation tools, meeting rooms, and administrative services – things they wouldn’t have access to working from home.

Administrative Services

Administrative work can create distractions and consumes valuable time and energy. Administrative services help seal these gaps, facilitating entrepreneurs and small businesses to focus on their businesses and clients. Faxing, confirming meetings, arranging catering services for meetings, ensuring logistical support for clients arriving on-site, finding someone to notarize documents, can be handled through virtual office services staff.

Virtual Addresses

There are numerous reasons why freelancers should not use their home addresses, like privacy issues or there’s some regulation preventing you from using a home address. Virtual office services give freelancers the ability to secure professional addresses in highly sought-after locations.

Professional Networking

Virtual offices offer freelancers an opportunity to network with other professionals that may provide them with support and ideas or even new business opportunities.

Meeting Rooms

To have your own space with a staff that can greet a prospective client adds huge value to your proposition. Meeting rooms in virtual offices can also provide presentation tools such as whiteboards, flipcharts, overheads, and audio and video conferencing capabilities.

 

The Virtual Office

A virtual office is a cost-effective business solution with a great return on investment. Memberships are customizable based on what you need.

How to Tailor Your Resume for Remote Work

How to Tailor Your Resume for Remote Work

How to Tailor Your Resume for Remote Work

By Leslie Radford

 

Remote work is on the rise, especially these days. In 2020 (before the arrival of COVID-19) there were already 7 million people working remotely in the U.S.

Here’s what you need to design your resume for working remotely:

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Emphasize Remote Work in Your Career Objective

In the section of your resume that you’d normally put your objective, highlight your accomplishments and briefly discuss why remote work helped you achieve them. If you want a remote role but don’t have that work experience, you should be explicit about your desire to work remotely. It’s important to make it clear in your application, cover letter, and resume that you’re seeking a remote opportunity.

 

Describe Your Home Office and Why It Works

Many employers may feel remote working has a downturn in productivity and effectiveness. To alleviate their potential concerns, it can be helpful to describe your home/remote office and explain why it boosts your productivity. Be clear about the details of how your process works.

 

Show It in the Skills Section

Tell your potential employer how you can communicate with your teammates while away from the office. List the tools you’ve used like Slack, Zoom, Asana, etc. If the company you’re interviewing with uses the same tools, it’ll likely put you in favor with them. Show how good you are at time management. Quantify how responsible you are and the size and scope of projects you’ve been in charge of. You’ll need to be comfortable with video conferencing, messaging, and using team and project management tools. Focus on your skills, stats, and achievements instead of duties. Ultimately your potential employer wants to see what you’re capable of and what impact you’ve had. Show these off with quantitative examples (numbers, percentages, and dollar amounts) within your work experience if you want to stand out.

 

Let Them Get to Know You Online

Include your social profiles (when appropriate) and personal website. Since you are not location bound, remove your address, it becomes irrelevant. If you feel the need to put something in its place, you can simply state “remote” or “location independent.” If you want to work online it’s critical that you have an online presence.

 

Use Relevant Keywords for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).

A lot of remote companies will use something called an applicant tracking system. The ATS will automatically filter applications on a set of criteria before it even gets in front of a human. Use keywords in your industry to get noticed.

 

What Employers Want to Know

Many employers and remote employees might consider remote work a skill in itself. It takes a lot of focus, discipline, and strong communication to be an efficient and effective remote worker. Employers want to know you’re equipped to work from home.

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