Using Keywords to Find Legitimate Telecommuting Job Leads
By Nell Taliercio
Many people are choosing telecommuting as an option to bring in an income while being at home.
Whatever the reasons that we choose to work at home the one thing we all have in common is the problem of locating
legitimate jobs online. We often come online with the idea that finding a job online will be easy.
Unfortunately it’s not usually that easy and what you will often run into is the work at home
scams. Why is that though? Often we find the job search websites and plug in two common keywords. These two
keywords are often the reason many of us give up on finding a legitimate job because all that pulls up are the
The keywords I’m speaking of are:
* Work at home * Work from home * Working at home
--> With these keywords you’re 100% guaranteed to pull up scams or business opportunities, and
not the legitimate jobs. Now don’t get me wrong, there can be legit jobs in these keywords but it takes much longer
to find them and it’s much harder to locate them. In my 4 plus years of working at home I’ve discovered lesser used
keywords that yield me much better results.
*Telecommuting *Telecommute *Telecommuter *Telecommute
--> These three keywords are second to “work at home” in their popularity. The pros of these
keywords are many leads will be listed with them. I find legitimate job leads using these keywords every time I
search with them. I also find the scams, but overall these keywords are great to use with your job search.
7 More Keywords to Use
•Must have home office •1099 •IC or independent contractor •Virtual office and virtual •Remote
contractor •Off-site •Freelance
--> Next on the list are these 7 keywords. Next to telecommuting, these are my favorite. Often
they will pull up legitimate jobs. You won’t always find a good variety of leads all the time, but sometimes the
deeper you dig the better the jobs and the better your chance that hundreds of other people haven’t found that same
Last 3 Keywords to Try
•Must have DSL •Home-based •Home-based employee
--> Last, I use these 3 keywords when finishing up my job search. I don’t always find leads with
these keywords on every job search site I go to, but the more job search sites you go to the better your chance
you’ll find leads with all these keywords. You can find a list of over 25 job search sites at
Basically, the more keywords you use and the more job sites you go to the better your chance at
locating legitimate job leads. Even if it takes you a few hours a week to do your searching, with all the keywords
and job search sites, it’s worth it in the end if you land a job!
Another thing to keep in mind for speeding up the job search is to know what a scam looks like so
you can avoid it. I’ve gotten to the point where I can usually just read the title of the “job” and know right away
it’s a scam and if I do click in a job lead, within a few seconds I can determine if it’s a scam or sketchy. I
wasn’t able to do that when I first started out in the telecommuting field though. In my time, of being scammed and
reading others being scammed, I discovered the common scams and the common red flags. Read more about scams, red
flags and links to research scam at
So in closing I’d like to say that using these keywords is a good start, but when you find
legitimate jobs, really search through the description and see what keywords they use. When you find a new keyword
jot that down and add it to your keyword list. The more keywords you use, the better your chance of finding and
landing a legitimate job!
Happy Job Hunting!