|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
contains advertisements as well as screened job leads. Please
visit our FAQ page for more.
long have you been in business?
We launched our
virtual-careers training company, Staffcentrix, in 1999, and have been
with such clients as the US State Department and US Armed Forces for
years. We launched the Rat Race Rebellion website in February 2007.
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 guarantee that your screened job leads are legitimate?
listings posted to this site have been screened by
our staff, 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 “help wanted” ads
that we screen, and the “camouflage” that
inappropriate opportunities may
sometimes wear, an illegitimate or inappropriate item may occasionally
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?
continue to develop articles, videos and other
resources to help people screen job leads on their own. Start with our
Scams," as it covers many of the basics. You can also borrow
or purchase our book, Work
at Home Now, for a full chapter on steps you
can take to investigate work at home job offers.
Check back regularly for new materials that we’ll post in
prominent places on the site.
We also encourage you to visit the forums at such sites as WorkPlaceLikeHome.com
find on-going conversations regarding hirers, jobs, and scams. (Above
that you should never pay for a job!)
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.
here for more on "when
fees are legitimate."
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 (usually around
$30 or less),
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 – one that focuses on what you can do for the
You should also highlight your ability to work
independently, your familiarity with virtual communications tools
instant messenger, Skype, GoToMyPC, or others), and, where
home-based work experience.
If you don’t have a blog, consider starting one, to show
your understanding of online communications, and to demonstrate your
your specialty or niche. We recommend Helium
as an excellent
place to begin. (It’s free, as well.)
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 (more on that below), and send it directly to the
email address specified in the lead.
If the job lead specifies a written reply (online application form,
etc.), DO NOT phone the company to express an interest or request
information. Human Resources 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 individual assistance to jobseekers.
we screen and upload fresh home-based job leads to our site almost
every day, with over
9,000 leads uploaded since February 2007, and an
additional 700+ screened
links to ongoing hirers of home-based workers (under "WAH Job Leads /
Hirers by Field," on the left of every page). We hope you’ll
something there that suits your background and goals.
you’re interested in working from home as a freelancer, you
may want to have
a look at our popular manual, "The 2-Second Commute."
It’s based on the highly
successful 15-hour Virtual Assistant / Virtual Professional training
we developed for the US Armed Forces and Department of State. It may be
available at your local library, and is also carried at Amazon.
do I post a job opening on
you have a legitimate 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. (There is no charge.)
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 get in touch with all the details.
am a Military Spouse who would like to attend training, but I don't see
my base on the list. What should I do?
the base is not listed because no
one there has attended our Train-the-Trainer certification program. If
would like the MSVA Program to be available at your base, please
contact your base
family center’s employment resource professional to express
your interest, and
ask him or her to contact Chris directly at cdurst (AT)
staffcentrix.com for more information about obtaining program
materials at no charge.
the interim, you may wish to get a head start by reading our manual
Virtual Assistants, "The 2-Second Commute," which is
based in large part on
our 15-hour MSVA training program. You may find a copy at your base
and it's also available at Amazon.