Job Search Tips for Work at Home Jobs

Job search for work at home jobs can be a frustrating, disappointing, nerve-wracking, and thoroughly irritating experience. We thought it’d help to provide some tips about how to avoid wasting time, patience and tearing out hair when looking for these jobs.

Work at home job search basics

These are the fundamentals of job searches for work at home jobs:

Many work at home job ads aren’t worth looking at. They usually include a lot of repeat ads which have extremely high turnovers of people because they’re terrible jobs, don’t pay, or are scams. This category includes the infamous “Become a millionaire in your pajamas” ads and other total wastes of time.

The only jobs you need to look at are those that fit your skills, qualifications and knowledge. These are the jobs that you can develop into meaningful, paying work. Ignore everything else, because you’re putting yourself at a disadvantage, going back to the “first job” scenario.

“No experience necessary” is a synonym for “Rarely pays, if at all”. This is  particularly true in any sales role, where returns on hours of work may be truly pitiful. Forget about these jobs entirely, unless you’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel and there’s literally nothing else available.

The best work at home jobs may not be advertised in the “Work at home” ads. If you’re a professional or skilled person, you’re looking in the wrong places. Many professional jobs can now be obtained from home as telecommuting, or semi telecommuting, jobs. These jobs pay, and often pay well.

Any job ad which doesn’t specify the type of work, the name of the employer, and meet the standards of a real job ad should be avoided. These are scams, and nothing else. You can report the ads to the job board advertiser, particularly the major job boards like Monster and craigslist, who actively try to prevent these ads from being posted.

No real job requires an outlay of money. The endless-looking pages about the Great Business Opportunity with equally endless links to credit cards are simply sales pages. Any income you earn from these ads will be minimal. We also strongly advise against providing any credit card information or direct access to bank accounts online. Third party intermediaries like PayPal are safer, single transaction processes.

Outsourcing jobs through agencies: These vary in quality from truly lousy to reasonably presentable. The reputation of the agency is a good indicator of how those who’ve signed up for this work feel about the jobs and the employer. 

Checking the credible job ads

The first things to do with a job ad which survives scrutiny are pretty basic. Do all these things before considering applying for the job:

Make sure the employer is a real business with a physical address and information about employment terms which can be confirmed.

Check for complaints about the job ad or the employer. Search the name of employer + scam. If the job ad is a problem, the complaints will be easy to find. If the employer has been causing problems for telecommuters or customers, the Better Business Bureau or its international equivalent, or consumer and professional sites will have information.