Some of the biggest stumbling blocks job seekers run into when searching for a remote or flexible job are the scams. Unfortunately, there are plenty of them, and one of the main reasons FlexJobs was founded was to give job seekers a safe, scam-free way to find legitimate remote and flexible jobs.
While work-from-home job postings have always been a target for scammers (think: the stuffing envelopes at home types of jobs), unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has presented new opportunities to rip off unsuspecting job seekers.
We’re Here to Help
Every year, we survey job seekers to find out what they want and need from their job search. Our 2019 survey found that 80% of job seekers are worried about scam job postings. The same survey indicated that 22% of job seekers know someone who’s been victimized by a job scam. And almost 20% of job seekers had themselves been the victim of a job search scam.
To put that in more concrete numbers, between 2015 and 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received more than 58,000 complaints about work-from-home job scams. And, unfortunately, scam victims lost, on average, $1,200.
Paying for a FlexJobs membership helps take the worry out of looking for a remote or flexible job. We thoroughly vet every job posting on our site to make sure it isn’t a scam. This means that not only is every job posting on our site verified, but you can also view all of these legitimate work-from-home jobs in one place. No having to hop from site to site only to find the job postings are all the same.
But, we offer more than just a scam-free job search experience. We’ve got an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, we’re upfront about our fees, and you can cancel your membership at any time!
A FlexJobs membership means you’ve got us in your corner. We don’t post any random job. We make sure that everything is legit and safe because we work for you.
What FlexJobs Members Say About Their Scam-Free Experience
It’s easy to talk about all the benefits of a FlexJobs membership. But, what do members think of paying for scam-free job postings? Here’s a sampling of several members who have have used FlexJobs to connect with remote opportunities!
Sam F., Dialer Manager at GetThru
Before I joined, I was scammed looking for a remote job. It is absolutely worth having the jobs pre-screened and having peace of mind. Through FlexJobs, I found a 100% remote job, and if I ever need to, I will absolutely be using FlexJobs again.
Chris H., Customer Support Representative at TTEC
In the past, I was scammed looking for full-time, remote work, but I have not found even one shady outfit or post on FlexJobs in nearly eight months of searching. FlexJobs means it when they say they work hard to weed out scammers.
Sarah B., Applications Specialist at Philips
I felt as though I was continuously job searching, and it would never end. Most of the jobs that would catch my attention in feeds were over 35 miles away. Once I found FlexJobs, there was a glimmer of hope. Finally, a reliable source for remote and flexible jobs where you aren’t worried about a scam or survey work being disguised as something else. I am ecstatic to begin a job that [is what] I studied while allowing me to live my dream of working from home! I can’t wait to see where this new career takes me, and I couldn’t have done it without FlexJobs!
Marjorie B., Editor at Cambridge Proofreading Worldwide
With all the scams online, it’s wonderful to have a legitimate, professional resource like FlexJobs. I first joined FlexJobs to look for remote editing and proofreading work. I was happy with the quality of employers and jobs. I feel very fortunate to have found this company, and I’m glad I stayed with FlexJobs long enough to find this ideal job for me.
Christina A., RN Care Advisor at Carenet Health
At first, I was hesitant to pay for a job-search site, but I’m so glad I did. FlexJobs eliminated the hassle of having to verify whether a position was a legitimate job or a scam. It allowed me to find positions that I wouldn’t have found on other search engines, and I ended up finding the perfect position within a week or two. I couldn’t be happier with my experience.
Madison L., Editor at Cactus Communications
After receiving multiple spam emails and people trying to scam me on other sites, FlexJobs provided me with safety. The site is easy to learn, and the trust FlexJobs brings is unbeatable.
Stephanie S., Proofreader and Editor at Wordvice
I have had success in the past using FlexJobs and really like the site. It’s nice to have a place where you can find legit jobs without the worry of having to deal with being scammed or misled.
Shannon P., Virtual Administrative Assistant at CodeWizardsHQ
Thanks for providing real job ads. I have spent a lot of time applying on other sites that have been scams, so I truly appreciate the thoroughness and accuracy of the job posts.
How to Avoid Scams
As you check out work-from-home and flexible job postings, make sure you educate yourself about scams and learn how to protect yourself.
If you do find a job you aren’t sure about, the easiest thing you can do is search “company+scam” and see what comes up. Scammers tend to stick to a script, so there’s a good chance (unfortunately) that you’re not the first job seeker to run across the scam post.
If a “recruiter” offers you the job immediately and doesn’t verify your work experience or ask for references, it could be a scam. Or, if the “employer” wants your bank account information or social security number to “verify” things before a job offer, it’s likely a scam. And, of course, trust your gut! If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
Search Smart, Search Safe With FlexJobs
To read more about how job seekers use FlexJobs, check out the many success stories from satisfied members. Whether they were military spouses looking for a job to move with them, full-time RVers living the digital nomad life, or people wanting to eliminate their commute, every one of these job seekers found a legitimate remote or flexible job thanks to FlexJobs’ scam-free experience.
Learn about all the advantages a FlexJobs membership can give you.
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