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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: How to Avoid Work-From-Home Scams

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For every legitimate remote job, there are at least 60 work-from-home scams, according to Brie Weiler Reynolds, Senior Career Specialist at FlexJobs. Sorting the legitimate gigs from the phony “opportunities” can be tricky — especially if you don’t know the signs to watch out for.

In this week’s roundup, we look at ways to tell that a work-from-home job is less than legit, plus how to find a job in a new city and how to unplug from work when the day is done.

Brie Weiler Reynolds at FlexJobs: How to Find a Real Online Job (and Avoid the Scams!)

“As with most situations in life, one of the single best ways to avoid a job scam is to listen to your instincts,” Reynolds writes. “That can be hard when you’ve been out of work for a while and a plum position seems to fall smack dab into your lap. But think about the job and how you were approached about it in an objective light. If something just feels off, or you feel uncomfortable for any reason (e.g., the job recruiter is pushy or demanding, or you don’t have a clear understanding of the job responsibilities), don’t think twice about walking away from it.”

There are also several signs of work-from-home scams that can distinguish a fake job opportunity from the real deal. Learn more here.

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Alison Doyle at The Balance: 10 Tips for Finding a Job in a New City

“When you’ve decided you want to move to a new city, or you’re relocating for other reasons, it can be a challenge to figure out the best strategy for finding a new position,” writes Doyle. “Should you move first? Or, should you try to line up a new job and then relocate? What’s the best way to get hired when you’re here and the jobs are there?”

The answers depend on your particular circumstances, including your financial situation and what type of job you’re looking for. But there are a few things to keep in mind, no matter what, that can help you land on your feet in a new town.

Alexandra Levit at The Fast Track: Detaching from Work Can Actually Make You More Productive

Eighty percent of American workers toil after-hours, due to the fear of falling behind at work, Levit says. But in the age of the smartphone, tablet and multiple always-on communication platforms, how can workers hope to disconnect from the office?

Levit spoke with Bryan Miles, co-CEO of virtual workforce solutions company BELAY, to get his take on how to detach from work and boost productivity. His first tip: it won’t be easy. Find out how to make it happen, in this post.

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