by Rosalind Mays
Author and Internet Researcher
"When looking at telecommuting job ads, how can you tell the scams from the real thing?"
Someone left this message on my discussion board and I thought it was an excellent and thoughtful question. My answer is simple; there are seven rules that can weed out the scams from the legitimate jobs. Follow these rules and the scammers will poke out like purple roses among a field of daisies.
First look at these examples of telecommuting advertisements:
WORK FROM HOME. Escape the rat race.Now, tell me which one of these advertisements is a scam and which one is legitimate? Don't exactly know? Well then, let's study The 7 Rules of Legitimate Telecommuting Opportunities.
Rule 1: REAL employers ask for a resume and provide an address, an e-mail address or/and a fax number to send that resume. Real employers never list their phone number.
Look at the Sunday Classifieds, in the job opportunities section you will find that most employers do not list their phone number in the advertisement. Why? Because the employer would be inundated with calls by the curious.
Most employers do not have the time or the resources to field all the inquiries a vacancy would produce. However, salespeople have all the time in the world to answer calls. So, if a phone number is listed and the ad doesn't ask for a resume, be very cautious.
Also notice the amount of salary mentioned in first advertisement. If you can make $2,000 a month part-time
(20 hours a week) you would earn $25 an hour. When have you ever come across an entry-level position that pays $25 an hour? Do the math!
Never pay for required materials that you can't purchase from a third party. If you can only purchase the materials for the employer then they're scamming you. Think about it, most employers use materials and tools that are general to the industry.
Usually the option of telecommuting or working at home is listed last, almost like an afterthought.
©2001 by Rosalind Mays. All rights reserved.
About the Author:
Rosalind Mays, best-selling author of The Real Deal on Telecommuting, and co-author of Get Your Money Back! Stop Scammers and Save Your Dollars, also works at home as an Internet Researcher. She hopes her advice and report (which compiles all the information she found while searching for her current job) will shorten other job seeker's time in finding legitimate work at home opportunities.
Visit http://telecommuting.cjb.net for a free list of telecommuting jobs compiled monthly. Go to: http://www.siennapublishing.com/ to learn more about her books. Rosalind Mays may be reached via e-mail at [email protected]
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