At some point I your life, you have probably found yourself thinking, “I need a job!” It’s a common thought. Sometimes you already have a job and sometimes you’re between jobs.
Whenever I need a job, I turn to the internet. There are a bunch of different ways you can search for jobs (remote jobs are my favorites), but it can be tricky to find the “right one” for you.
There are some things to avoid when you need a job. These are a few of the big ones:
1. “Work from home” scams
There is an entire world of people who will gladly promise you the world to join their scammy companies. They know the demand to work from home is a big one and they prey on people who are desperate to find something to do. The warning signs here are things like vague job descriptions, no mention of the company name or a link to a company website in the job description and outrageous promises of compensation (like $100,000+ in your first year working from home). It is certainly possible to find remote jobs that pay well into the six-figure range, but be very suspicious of remote job postings that sound too good to be true.
2. Multi-level marketing programs
These are also known as “MLM” or “network marketing” or similar names to hide what they’re actually up to. They are also commonly known as “pyramid schemes,” even that is technically accurate. I don’t argue with people about it because the term has been misused for so long I’m not going to fix the way people use it. 😉
The vast majority of these programs rely on recruiting new people to the program as the main focus, instead of selling the product they say they are focused on selling. The big money in these programs goes to the early adopters, but most of them are not worth your time. Of course, they will put their biggest earners out there as “the norm” to sell you on the idea, but it’s best to pass on most of these.
To be fair, I personally know several people who have made tons of money with these programs, but they are the exceptions and you shouldn’t spend your time with them until you have your finances handled through another way. ALSO, be very wary of companies that require you to make an initial investment (buying products, coaching fees, etc.). That’s a telltale sign of a MLM company.
3. People posing as corporate recruiters
Corporate recruiters can serve an important function for companies. Many companies don’t have the financial resources (or the need) to hire full-time recruiters to work for them, so they outsource that work. The legitimate ones do good work and are usually paid the equivalent of 10-15% of the first year’s salary of anyone they find for the company. It’s a pretty good deal for them if they’re good, but it’s a tough gig.
The people to watch are those who are NOT ACTUALLY working for the company that has the job opening, but are trying to collect that 10-15% fee by being less-than-honest with you. The red flags here are similar to some of the other scams, such as keeping the company name a secret and speaking in vague terms.
If they are legitimate recruiters, you should be able to learn about them somewhere else online, like their company websites or Linkedin profiles or something like that. Companies with “thin” websites that don’t tell you much about them or their people are suspect when they are acting like they’re serious recruiters.
The next time you find yourself thinking, “I need a job!” be sure to keep these job search scams in mind. You probably won’t do any harm to yourself or your career if you fall for one, but it’s a massive waste of time if you get too far along with one of these jokers. Plus, the disappointment you’ll feel once you figure it out is something all of us could do without.
To search remote jobs from legitimate companies, visit our remote job search page.