Okay, you've found a job advertisement that you could possibly apply to. Now what do you do? This is where your job researching will start kicking in. It's important to know or at least have a good idea that the job ad is legit before moving on to the applying stage.
The first thing you need to do is read through the job ad carefully a couple of times. Does it appear legit by reading the ad alone? Are there things that don't really ring well with you? For example, maybe the job ad is for an accounting position. If the ad says that you don't need any experience and you'll be making $1,000 a week, then discard it. It is a scam.
A legit ad will contain much the same as a regular onsite position would contain. Compare it with an onsite position job ad if you need to. If they come close, then you can move on to the next step. Some positions, like customer service or data entry may not need much experience, but specialized positions, like accounting would.
Who is the company hiring for the position? Is it a company that you have heard of before? If it is, you can move on. If not, then you'll need to research the company to see if they are legit. Here are some ways that you can do that:
o Visit telecommuting or work from home forums and search for the company name to see if they have been talked about before. Don't be afraid to join the forum and ask if you need to.
o Use your search engines and type in the name of the company and add the word scam next to it. See what comes up.
o Visit the company website, if they have one. Does the site look professional or does it shout out claims of -Work From Home and give you pictures of sports cars and mansions?
o Check out the Better Business Bureau website and type in the company's name. If the company is listed on their site, look to see what kind of track record they have.
When you've gone through that part, now how do you feel about the job? Are you satisfied with what you've found or are you still hesitant? If you're still hesitant, then you can always try contacting the company and ask them more questions. Legit companies will generally be happy to answer you, but it could take a few days.
If you think the job ad is okay, you can go ahead and apply. Don't give them your social security number or financial account information until you feel confident to do so. Stay on your toes throughout the application process in case surprises pop up, such as them asking for money for training materials.
The job research process could take up a good chunk of your time, but it could save you from an unfortunate situation. Take your time doing your homework, because most legit jobs take a few days to a few weeks before they make a decision of who to hire.
Nell Taliercio has been working at home full time since 2004. She's worked as a telecommuter, virtual assistant and affiliate marketer. In 5 years she's discovered many secrets to finding legitimate work at home jobs and securing them. You can find work at home job information and tips at: http://www.justonlinejobs.com