Her next question to me was one that I’ve heard a few times lately… “How did you find a job that wasn’t a scam?”
That one question led to a very high-level response because of time constraints, but I’ll take a moment to expand on here for you all.
Have you ever heard of something that’s too good to be true? Of course you have! You probably thought that same thing when you read the title of this blog.
“Six figures doing what??”
“Next! This is definitely a scam like the other ones that promise $2,000 per week with no experience.”
- Yes, I’m very serious. What do I do? I recruit Financial Advisors for a reputable financial services organization. It’s not an entry-level position at all so please don’t think I’m suggesting someone who is just getting started in this industry could earn that kind of money. And…no, I do not want you to join my team unless you are a Financial Advisor with at least 3 years of experience and reside in the southeast region. :)
- I earn six figures as a Recruiter. I find solid candidates (usually using LinkedIn and a few other tools), interview them for our open opportunities, and forward only the best of the best for further consideration. There’s a lot more to it than that, but we can keep it high level for the moment.
- You most certainly need experience! I have researched virtual positions for quite some time and I have yet to see a position with a six-figure comp level for someone with limited experience. You absolutely need to make an investment in your professional development to hit that earning level. (More to come on that in a later post.)
So how do I determine if a job is a scam?
In addition to going with my gut, I do my due diligence. Some of these hold more weight than others, but you really need to consider each of the following:
- What does the company’s website look like? Solid or shady?
- Is the job posting full of errors (terrible grammar and spelling)?
- What do their social media profiles look like – profile, recent posts, followers, etc?
- Any Glassdoor comments?
- Google them.
- Do they have a presence on LinkedIn?
- Any Better Business Bureau complaints?
- Does the ad suggest you can earn top pay for little or no experience?
- Again…Google them.
- Does the job description provide details or did they keep it very vague and suggest you call a rep or attend a meeting for more information?
- Do you know anyone in that specific industry that might be familiar with the reputation of the company posting the open position?
- Have you already emailed me to ask me what I think about the specific posting? :) Lol! I had to throw that one in there. My clients know to come to me when in doubt.
Again, if your gut tells you something is wrong…go with it. And before you go, be sure to join the weekly email list for tips and my very own hand-picked virtual (aka work-from-home aka remote aka telecommute) opportunities of the week.
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P.S. How did I find the job? A former colleague of mine reached out to me to see if I was interested. Ask yourself this: Are you doing all you can in your current role to increase the likelihood of landing an opportunity to work from home?
Always wishing you nothing but the best,