Problems With Getting an Online Job and How to Avoid Those Problems

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One of the major problems with getting a legitimate online job is Google. This is what I mean by that shocking statement. I just googled "online jobs" and the results included: blogs that provide information about work-at-home opportunities. Two employment websites; and, and a couple of websites with several companies offering legitimate online jobs (low-paying jobs however).

I'm looking for a way to work and make money online; not a work-from-home opportunity or a home-based business. Not that there is anything wrong with legitimate work-from-home-opportunities or legitimate home-based businesses. I want to trade time for guaranteed wages in order to create an income I can rely on every week.

Clicking on the link, I saw a job listing for a "Search Quality Moderator - Entry Level", a job listing for a "Representative, Customer Service", and a job listing for an "Online Sales Representative" in the advertisement section (top 3 listings). I saw a "Help Needed Online Ad Processors" job listing below the advertised job listings. The rest of what I saw were non-online job related listings.

CareerBuilder offered a few more relative job listings which appear to be for actual online jobs but I needed to carefully read the listing heading and information in order to determine if it is for an online job or a job which contains the word "online" such as "Senior Manager, Online Marketing" and "Advertising Sales Representative (Online Media)". Neither of these job listings were actually online jobs but rather jobs that required activities in the online realm. Both of these listings required the employee to travel to an office location, work a full day, then leave the office. Not online opportunities that I'm seeking.

Many of the work-from-home opportunities in the search results include envelope stuffing, and product assembly. Some of the opportunities in the search results include online reseller through eBay, which is actually a home-based business rather than an online job, affiliate blogger, which is actually a home-based business rather than an online job, beauty product seller, which is actually a home-based business rather than an online job.

Most of the legitimate listings I found in the result set included low-paying, customer service types of online employment. Nothing that I could rely on to sustain my standard of living.

There are a lot of irrelevant results from the Google search in my experience. Time wasted on weeding out the illegitimate, low-paying jobs could be spent on applying for legitimate, high-paying online employment.


Another major problem is the number of scams that exist. These scams are not just time wasters but can cost you a great deal of money. Many of them request your bank or credit card information and proceed to deduct funds. Some scams can drain your bank account completely.

Many scams originate outside of the United States. Federal officials have identified many scams:

• Telemarketing Fraud

• Nigerian Letter or "419" Fraud

• Identity Theft

• Advance Fee Schemes

• Health Care Fraud or Health Insurance Fraud

• Redemption / Strawman / Bond Fraud

• Letter of Credit Fraud

• Prime Bank Note Fraud

• "Ponzi' Schemes

• Pyramid Schemes

• Market Manipulation or "Pump and Dump" Fraud

Several scams are directly related to online job offerings. Other scams are indirectly related to online jobs and/or work-from-home opportunities.

Populating Employer Database

Another major problem is the number of employers that rely on job listings in order to maintain their resource pool or online personnel database. Many companies post online job listings for the purpose of populating their "supply" database. The reason for this is the employer needs to demonstrate its ability to provide suitable employees to stakeholders should the company decide to increase the number of online jobs.

Many employers are considering migrating from traditional jobs to online jobs in order to reduce overhead. A database full of potential candidates gives the employer a sense of security and enables the employer to make decisions about replacing traditional jobs with online jobs.

Many applications you submit are for "place-holder" online positions that may be filled in the future or may never filled at all.


Another major problem is the number of candidates applying for online jobs. According to an article in the Huffington Post, there are 3 unemployed people competing for every traditional job opening. The article made no mention of online jobs or related ratios but it can be assumed that the ratio is much higher. The reason I make that assumption is the fact that more and more people are looking for ways to make money from home than ever before. Either to supplement their income or replace their income.

These types of jobs offer many benefits such as gas savings, time savings, flexible schedules, and more control of your life in general. Millions of people are looking for ways to reap these benefits. So it is fair to say that competition for online jobs is fierce.

Skill sets

Another major problem is the types of skills required to qualify for online employment. Elance-oDesk (formerly Elance) is a company that specializes in providing employees with freelance employment opportunities. The company boasts it has over eight million freelance employees from over 180 countries. A report was released earlier this year and below are some key findings from the report:

The hottest skills in demand according to an analysis of the more than 650,000 jobs posted on Elance this year include -

  • Software development skills such as HTML5 (+238 percent), Mobile (+137 percent), WordPress (+100 percent), Facebook (+66 percent) and Twitter (+47 percent)
  • Creative skills like Graphic Design (+176 percent) and Content Writing (+72 percent)
  • Marketing skills such as Internet Marketing (+132 percent), Marketing Communications (+53 percent) and Telemarketing (52 percent)
  • Administrative skills, including Transcription (+114 percent), Administrative Support (+87 percent) and Data Entry (+69 percent)
  • Consulting skills ranging from Product Manufacturing (+186 percent),
  • Architectural Design (+185 percent), Financial Analysis (+140 percent) and Legal (+86 percent) to Business Strategy (+76 percent)

Many of the online jobs listed on Elance-oDesk's website and similar websites require specific skill sets. People who lack experience with technical, creative, consulting, or administrative jobs do not have the required skill sets and are at a disadvantage.


Wasted time, energy, and money can be avoided when searching for a legitimate online job if you have the right approach. You can acquire the appropriate skill sets in order to get an online job if you do not currently possess them but you will need to understand which skills are needed and how to acquire those skills.

Use proven strategies if you are serious about getting a high-paying online job in order to avoid getting scammed.

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