What: Virtual Vocations is a curated job board for telecommuting positions in a wide array of fields, from accounting and health care to writing and technical support. 

Expected pay: Varies by position

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Commissions & fees: $15.99 per month or $59.99 per six-month subscription

Where: Nationwide

Requirements: Vary by position 

Review:

Virtual Vocations promises to search through more than 10,000 corporate job listings each day to cull those that would be ideal for telecommuters. You can find these jobs elsewhere, but would likely have to spend more time searching.

If you sign up, the site will send you emails when jobs appear to meet your criteria. You can register and get leads for free. However, if you want full access to the database, you’ll have to pay, even though Virtual Vocation’s job listings are posted on other sites for free. And subscriptions are not cheap.

The most cost-effective option is a six-month plan that runs $59.99 — and will be automatically renewed, if you forget to cancel before it expires. FlexJobs also charges to curate, but their fees are less (at least for the longer-term plan) and their reviews are better. We much prefer job boards that charge employers, not employees. On the bright side, the site does offer a money-back guarantee. 

Other sites you should consider: Indeed and Glassdoor

What their users say: From the Better Business Bureau:

As of today my subscription should be cancelled. Since I registered and began applying for large number of jobs, not once was I contacted by anyone or offered any possible opportunities. It seems like I am just spinning my wheels, and there is no one at the other end reviewing anything. In addition, when I went to check the job history, it is always blank. My skills are in the technology area, and there several roles I could fill, however no one ever found out about it seems all they do is charge and nothing else. Thanks for nothing

NO recruiter response to any jobs that I applied via Virtual Vocations. Felt like you are simply throwing stones down into a well and it just goes unnoticed. Once you pay, although there is an option to cancel, there will be NO refund. I’ve checked with a couple of recruiting companies and freelancers, nobody even have heard of this site.

I’ve been a Virtual Vocations customer TWICE! This company lies through its teeth. If you don’t believe me, then just look at all the other AWFUL reviews. This company is a scam. The second time I registered with Virtual Vocations was in Sept 2015 and I found a lack of jobs in my field. I called the company in Nov 2015 and asked to cancel my membership. They did cancel it but refused to refund my money for the remaining months (December – March). The extremely rude “lady” told me that I could continue to use the site through March. So basically, I am being FORCED to pay for and use their USELESS site for the next four months. Avoid Virtual Vocations like the PLAGUE. Use Flex Jobs instead… it has better jobs postings and way better customer service.

Buyer beware. Most of the listings in Virtual Vocations are not what anyone would consider telecommute. Rather, there are a lot of full-time positions listed which merely require a lot of travel. In many regards, this is the opposite of what people like myself were looking for when they sign up for this. I would never waste my time or money on this site again. TH

I have used Virtual Vocations for job search needs a number of times over the past few years. While initially I did have a few issues using the site, I figured out just like everything else there is a learning curve involved. The site did lead me to a part time 100% telecommute or virtual position, that I am currently still in. It is a tool that when utilized as one part of the search for an online job can be extremely useful, and can help people from staying away from the ‘online work’ scams often found on job boards that don’t screen positions.

The Virtual Vocations job postings are relevant, thorough, and dynamic. And for someone like me who’s been out of the workforce for awhile and disabled, it has opened a world of possibilities that can balance my technical skills with my physical constraints. I dearly appreciate that, and I’m sure many other subscribers do, too. Additionally, their customer service is extraordinarily fast, friendly, and helpful.

From Complaints Board:

I joined and cancelled before the end of my subscription. Only to check my paypal which I don’t do often to see four more charges from Virtual Vocations.  I even got an acknowledgement of my cancellation from Virtual Vocations and still they charged and charged. I worked with Paypal to get all charges reversed even the first one that was legit. There were some really interesting looking positions, but you cannot get much information without subscribing. So, I did. Only to find out that every one of the positions was expired, except one. That one was posted as an online adjunct job, which it is not. 

Just this morning, I purchased a membership with them and already I am cancelling it. I hope they honor their money back guarantee. Virtual Vocations does not have any exclusive rights to list or agreements with the companies whose jobs and names they are dangling out there as bait. Those listings are easily accessible to any and all job seekers elsewhere.

 

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