contains advertisements as well as screened job leads. Please
visit our FAQ page for more.
long have you been in business?
virtual-careers training company, Staffcentrix, in 1999, and
with such clients as the US State Department, US Air Force, US Army and
many more. We launched the Rat Race Rebellion website in February
To learn more
us, check our bio pages (linked beneath our photograph), and our media
page. You can
also of course Google our names (in quotes), Staffcentrix, Rat Race
International Virtual Assistants Association in 1999, and transferred
it to its
members, as planned, shortly afterward. (Chris is credited with having
the Virtual Assistant industry in 1995.)
all of the job leads on your site screened?
We screen each job lead we list on the Rat
Race Rebellion web site. We do not screen Google Ads, however, as
determines those. (Our site and research efforts are ad-supported to
remain free to the public.)
you screen your jobs, and do you guarantee they're legitimate?
consider a variety of factors in screening jobs. Depending on the
listing, these may include the nature and location of the
employer, duties noted in the job description, presence and nature
of online complaints, signs of scams such as claims of high
compensation for little work, BBB ratings, etc. While
listings posted to the site have been screened, and we believe in good
faith that all listings are
cannot guarantee the legitimacy of
all listings (if we did, we would have to charge visitors an insurance
premium), and we can make no representations or accept any
regarding prospective employers themselves.
with the vast number of leads that we screen and the scammers'
constantly-evolving tactics, an illegitimate or inappropriate item
below our radar” and make its way onto the site.
in any job search, it remains incumbent upon the individual to qualify
prospective employers. Nor, as we hope you’ll understand, can
we be responsible
for the outcome of negotiations between employers and the users of this
you have resources to help me screen job leads on my own?
As time permits, we
continue to develop articles and other
resources that appear in the media and on the site to help people screen job leads on their own, and avoid scams. We also regularly post scam alerts, as well as legitimate jobs, to our Facebook page.
Further, we encourage you to visit the forums at such sites as WorkPlaceLikeHome.com
find ongoing conversations regarding hirers, jobs and scams.
seen ads (not “screened job leads,” but ads) on
of sites, including yours, that say I can have work if I just send
money. Is it
safe to assume they are okay?
strongly advise job seekers against making any type
of payment for a job -- even if such a payment is referred to as a
"registration" or "membership fee."
That said, there are times when a legitimate company may request a fee. (See below.)
there ever a time when paying for work is acceptable?
the privilege of working is rarely acceptable,
in our view. However, there are a few exceptions, when fees may be
For example, when you apply for a position as a home-based call center
hirers will require a background and/or credit check,
which the applicant must pay for.
Also, with regard to home-based craft assembly work (although many of
scams, we have found a few legitimate companies), the crafter will
always be asked to pay for materials or a start-up kit. (See our Crafting &
Handiwork page for more.)
applied for so many jobs and
am not hearing back from anyone. What am I doing wrong?
to remember that there’s a lot of competition
for legitimate home-based work, so it may take awhile to land the job
project you want. Also, many employers have done away with the
"formalities" of acknowledging receipt of an application, and no
longer notify all applicants when a position has been filled.
You can improve your chances by making sure you have a
standout resume – focusing on how you can strengthen the
employer. You should also continually upgrade your resume, as
qualifications go out of date much faster today.
You should also highlight your ability to work
independently, your familiarity with virtual communications tools
(instant messenger, Skype, GoToMyPC, etc.), and, where
home-based work experience.
If you don’t have a blog, consider starting one, to showcase your
expertise and give potential hirers a sense of who you are.
Also, be sure to follow instructions exactly. If the job lead requests
in the body of an email, DO NOT attach your resume – paste
your resume in text
format into an email and send it as specified in the lead.
If the job specifies a written reply (online application form,
etc.), DO NOT phone the company. HR personnel list this among their chief
and smaller hirers may resent the interruption even more.
Failure to follow directions at the time of application is also often
an inability or unwillingness to follow directions in general
– not a trait
most employers are seeking.
have great skills and
experience and would really like to work from home. Can you help me
find a job that's right for me?
to our ongoing commitment to provide
everyone who uses our site with the best possible resources, we are unable to provide one-on-one job-search counsel.
we screen and post fresh home-based job leads to our site almost
every day, and you'll also find resources linked on the left of every page. We hope you’ll
something there that suits your background and goals.
do I post a job opening on
you have a home-based job opening and would
like to post it to our site, please send the job details to us at
CONTACT (AT) STAFFCENTRIX.COM. We'll screen the position internally and will follow up accordingly.
can I place an
advertisement on your site?
offer a wide variety of advertising options. Please contact us via our
contact form, and we'll reply with details.