Nowadays, when more and more transactions are done online, it’s not surprising that online jobs, also called remote or work-from-home jobs, are on the rise. There are several benefits to getting an online job.
Aside from not having to commute and endure heavy traffic, you can save a lot of money since you no longer have to buy work clothes and shoes. You will also have greater control over your schedule. There are even online jobs that don’t require you to work at specific hours, as long as you get things done.
With such benefits, online jobs attract many professionals but also come with their share of challenges. With so many online jobs nowadays, how will you know which is real and which is a scam?
There are a lot of scammers who are aware of how popular online jobs are. Hence, they pretend to be managers or recruiters who seek to get personal information that they can use to gain access to your personal financial information. Some send tasks to work on but fail to give you your compensation.
Guidelines on Getting an Online Job
So how can you get a real online job and avoid scammers? Here are several things to consider:
#1 Know where to find online jobs
Whatever role you’re looking for, there will surely be a website that lists job openings for you. One of the popular sites is Upwork, which provides a long list of freelance and even full-time jobs that require different skills – from writing and proofreading to web design, web development, transcription, and virtual assistance.
The online job site is a good starting point, especially if you’re not successful in sending job applications to individual clients. Of course, there may still be scams at Upwork or at least clients who may not honor your agreement once work is done. You can look for positive reviews and see if the client shows a “Verified Payment Method.”
#2 Create a blog and include a Contact page
If you’re a writer, graphic designer, or web developer, you can start a blog where you can showcase your work samples and portfolio. It’s the same as showing a printed copy of your previous work or portfolio to the recruiter.
Include a Contact or Work with Me page that potential clients can use to contact you for paid work. With your work experience already on display, you’re making it easier for employers to know if you can handle the job.
#3 Do your research
It’s good practice to know some vital information about the company that offers a job in traditional job hunting. Do some research online and see if the hiring manager or recruiter is a real person and a legitimate professional who looks for candidates. The same goes for the employer or company.
Many sites that offer online jobs display ratings and feedback for employers. If you can’t find any information that will verify that the person or company is real, you may want to reconsider and move on to other job offers.
#4 If it’s too good to be true, be wary
Online jobs offer flexibility and even high salaries that you cannot enjoy in an office job. However, it doesn’t mean that you’ll quickly accept a job offer that promises a high salary, paid benefits, flexibility, and fewer work hours every week.
Before taking the job, make sure to ask questions about the day-to-day tasks and expectations on your end. Check the company website or look for the additional online presence of the potential client. You should also have the opportunity to talk with a company representative or owner through Skype or email.
#5 Know how to identify scams
Job scammers use different tactics to attract job candidates, but here are some of the common ones:
You are asked to provide specific financial or personal details right away. They include your Social Security number, bank account number, birth date, etc.
The job post has errors in grammar and spelling.
It promises high pay for very little work.
The job post uses a personal email address.
You are asked to pay a one-time fee or recurring fee to get job leads.
There are many real online jobs that you can choose from, but practice caution when applying for a job. Do your research to ensure that the recruiter or company is real and look for online jobs only at reputable sites or platforms.
It is also helpful to trust your instincts. It may be hard to look away from a position that promises a high salary and entails little work. If it’s too good to be true, it almost always is, so if something’s off, don’t waste your time on that job offer.
Thank you for reading CFI’s guide to getting an online job. CFI offers the Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® certification program for those looking to take their careers to the next level. To keep learning and advancing your career, the following resources will be helpful: