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5 Ways to Find a Legitimate Work from Home Position


Relocating to a new country not only means a new way of life, but also a potential change in job for the transferee's spouse or partner. More and more, work from home positions are being created by companies who realise the value in allowing their employees to telecommute and the benefits of leveraging talent from all across the globe versus one location.

These opportunities are a natural choice for someone who has recently moved. But there are, and will likely always be, work from home job postings that are scams. So how do you find out which positions are valid and which are not? With research and careful consideration, you can identify warning signs. Below are five tips to help you avoid scam work from home opportunities!

  1. There is a saying that states, "If it is too good to be true, it probably is." This thought is a great overall guide to follow when you start a work from home job search. If the position promises to make you rich very fast, there is a good chance it is not a legitimate offer. Make sure to follow your intuition, as it may also guide you by letting you know if something feels "off" about the job.

  2. Research, research, research! When you find a job posting that interests you, dig deeper. Carefully inspect the details of the post. If there is no salary information posted, find out! Use whatever contact information is provided to ask what the salary is, how often you get paid or if it is a commission-based salary. You should also ask about what equipment is needed to do the job and who provides it.

    Go to the company's website and get a feel for the kind of company they are; keep in mind, a professional looking website does not always mean they are a legitimate company. The Internet is a powerful tool. Do not be afraid to use it to find out more!

  3. Never send money or bank account information to get a job. Legitimate companies will never ask you to pay to get hired or to pay for start-up costs or equipment.

  4. Avoid certain types of jobs. There are certain jobs that fall into the "scam" category more often than not and should be avoided. These are at-home jobs such as processing claims, posting ads, stuffing envelopes, entering data or starting an online business. If you find a job like this that seems valid, think twice. And do twice the research before you apply.

  5. Ignore the email offering you a position. Many times, scammers will send out emails that state you are hired. The problem is, you may never have applied for the job in the first place! If this happens to you, read the email and fine print very carefully. There will likely be some indication, such as a request for your bank account information so you can get paid, that it is a scam. It is best to ignore these emails.

As you prepare for your relocation, ask your current employer if there are telecommuting positions available or if they are willing to make your position open to a remote employee. (Click here for a few tips on starting the conversation.) They may be willing to work with you to find the best fit.

If nothing is available, you can utilise your network to find work from home jobs. Your connections might work at companies that have generous work from home policies. You won’t know until you ask! Your IMPACT Group coach can also help you find the resources you need to get started on a work from home job search. With careful research, securing a remote position is very possible!

Contribution by Jill Jassmann-Sharlock.

Jill is an IMPACT Group Global Research Specialist who focuses on the unique information needs of global transferees. She also serves as IMPACT Group's Global myIMPACT Specialist, managing content for our global client-facing website.


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