Virtual Vocations Review – Legit or Scam?

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Are you wondering whether signing up to Virtual Vocations will increase your chances of landing that dream work-from-home job? This detailed Virtual Vocations review will tell you all you need to know about the service.

Let’s get straight into it:

What is Virtual Vocations?

Virtual Vocations is an online job board specialising in jobs you can do from home. It’s a service focussed on remote jobs for those in the US. While there are some global jobs on the platform, America is definitely the focus.

If you’re elsewhere, I’ll save you some time and say that FlexJobs is a better choice – and you’ll find a review of that here. 

While there is a Virtual Vocations free trial available – in the form of restricted access to the site – this only really allows you to see some information about the listed jobs. If you want to find out more and apply to them, you have to pay up for membership.

Virtual Vocations Review

Is Virtual Vocations Any Good?

Virtual Vocations compiles listings of genuine flexible working jobs across a large number of categories. Whether joining Virtual Vocations proves to be a good move for YOU will depend entirely on your skills and experience, and whether you find a suitable job as a result of signing up.

Is Virtual Vocations Legit?

Virtual Vocations is a legitimate site that’s been in business since 2007.

Is Virtual Vocations a Scam?

Virtual Vocations is not a scam. The company is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and boasts an A+ rating.

However, as with many online services, there are some negative reviews out there. These primarily relate to misunderstandings around exactly what Virtual Vocations provides. The service compiles listings of remote jobs, which means it’s sometimes possible to find the same jobs listed in other (free) locations. What you’re paying for with Virtual Vocations is to have all of these job listings curated in one place.

Is it right to pay to search for a job?

The controversy around paying to find a job is something that doesn’t seem likely to go away. Some people have a moral objection to it, but I think it’s important to keep things in perspective.

Yes, there are scammy companies out there that exploit job hunters by charging for (sometimes non-existent) opportunities. VirtualVocations isn’t a scam, and nor is FlexJobs. These companies are charging to curate job listings of roles you can perform from home.

While there’s nothing to stop you looking for these jobs manually, you’re never going to unearth thousands of companies willing to take on remote workers by casually surfing the net. This is akin to refusing to pay for an album (or for Spotify!) and stubbornly waiting for the tune you want to hear to come on the radio instead.

Nobody has to sign up to these services; If you feel strongly about paying (a pretty tiny amount) for some help with tracking down a desirable work-from-home job, you’re completely free to spend your time ranting on social media about the business model being “just wrong.”

But, to be honest, unless you have a lot of time and dedication to hunt down suitable remote jobs, there’s nothing wrong with paying around ten bucks a month to streamline the search.

I also feel inclined to point out that the reason these sites offer memberships for multiple months is that, for some, it’s a question of waiting for suitable jobs to come along. I’ve seen comments from people disappointed not to see an exact match for their skills on the first day of membership – and think they may be missing the point a little.

Virtual Vocations Review: Pricing

As mentioned above, Virtual Vocations does offer a free membership tier. It’s a nice gesture, but it’s kind of pointless, because you can’t see which companies are recruiting for the jobs, or apply for them.

One thing that is notable, however, is that there are some decent downloadable free resources, such as telecommuting guides and lists of “entry-level” jobs you can do from home.

Virtual Vocations free resources

Ultimately though, if you want to actually find a job with the help of Virtual Vocations, you’re going to have to stump up some cash.

The Virtual Vocations cost is $15.99 per month if you want to pay monthly. Prices go down if you commit to longer, with a six-month subscription costing $59.99, which is almost exactly $10 per month.

Once again, I feel inclined to say that $60 isn’t much if you find a good job on the service within six months – but I know some people will disagree with that…

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Using Virtual Vocations

The core function of Virtual Vocations is a job search engine. It’s well organised, and there is a large number of filtering options, including job categories (i.e. accounting, consulting, customer service and many others), employment status (permanent, temporary, independent contractor etc.), and weekly hours. The latter is particularly useful for those seeking evening, weekend or fully-flexible work.

The ability to search by “date posted” is handy too, to help ensure you’re only looking at recent jobs and not older listings that may have already been filled.

There are plenty of jobs up for grabs on Virtual Vocations. For example, I did a search with four filters, looking at IT jobs, 100% telecommute, no travel, and posted in the past 24-hours. I had 12 pages of jobs to look through. Most importantly, they were accurate and relevant (more accurate than those on FlexJobs when using filters there).

That said, I wouldn’t describe the search functionality as perfect. A search for “data entry” roles yielded some unrelated results. It’s certainly worth playing around with the options and filters for the best results.

I also noticed, as I browsed through the listings, a few well-known companies recruiting for roles. This was reassuring.

Virtual Vocations job search

What kind of jobs are on Virtual Vocations?

Like FlexJobs, Virtual Vocations definitely excels when it comes to specialist jobs for people with experience. There are plenty of jobs in sectors like IT, accounting and healthcare, for example.

A pleasing thing to see was also a strong selection of customer service jobs. Virtual Vocations seems a little stronger than FlexJobs for these kind of “entry-level” roles.

Customer sevrice job

Where Virtual Vocations is weak is when it comes to “independent contractor” gigs – in other words, freelance positions.

In fairness, this isn’t what Virtual Vocations claims to provide. When Michelle wrote up our previous Virtual Vocations review, she was underwhelmed by this side of things too, concluding that “in two plus months on the site, (she) only found one writing gig opportunity (she) heard back from that (she) hadn’t known about from elsewhere.”

If it’s freelance writing gigs you’re looking for Virtual Vocations isn’t the best place to find them. You’ll find some better places here.

Extra Features

One feature I particularly liked whilst conducting my Virtual Vocations review was the “Companies” tab, which profiles firms known to employ remote and freelance workers. If you’re someone who wants to be really proactive about your job search, this is something you could delve deeply into, and it’s all sorted by industry sector.

There’d be nothing to stop you reaching out to the firms directly if you were particularly interested in working for them.

VV companies tab

The other key features are based around managing your job search, your CV, and your job applications.

There’s nothing at all wrong with these features, but I struggle to get too enthusiastic about them. Yes, you can choose to use Virtual Vocations as the central place for your resumé, send potential employers a public link to it, and – in some cases – apply directly through the platform. But, in reality, you’re generally likely to end up applying direct and using a CV you already have “offline.”

Features that keep track of which jobs you’ve applied for are more useful. I like the fact you can report on jobs that are “Expired,” “Miscategorized,” “Broken Link” or “Not Telecommute.” Outdated or incorrect jobs are always at the top of the criticism list for those who dislike jobs sites like this, so at least something is being done to reduce them.

Downsides of Virtual Vocations

Nothing in life is perfect, and Virtual Vocations has a few downsides.

The first, for me, is the number of emails that the company sends out. Although you can manage your email settings and turn these off, it does feel like you’re being hounded a little if you don’t. This is especially true if you merely sign up to the free service.

I also don’t like the fact that the site has a “Career Services” section, but when you look at it you just discover a collection of “upsell” services, such as those for resumé review and creation, and chargeable work on your LinkedIn profile. While these might be great services (I reserve judgement), paying nearly $300 in “member prices” for a new CV and LinkedIn profile is too rich for my blood! (If you’d like a cheaper way to revamp your CV and LinkedIn, you may be interested in checking out Jobscan). 

Virtual Vocations upsell

The fact Virtual Vocations is almost entirely limited to US-based jobs is a shame too. While FlexJobs is quite US-centric, there are sufficient global jobs on the platform to warrant at least a look from other locations. Conversely, Virtual Vocations is really only worth subscribing to if you’re in the US.

All in all though, if you can get past the fact Virtual Vocations costs a little money, there’s not really that much to criticise. If you feel services like this should always be free, that will be the inevitable downside for you!

Virtual Vocations vs. FlexJobs

It’s inevitable that people will compare Virtual Vocations to FlexJobs – they’re remarkably similar services. Having now personally reviewed both for HomeWorkingClub, I think it’s fair to say that they’re both relatively inexpensive and both worth looking at if you’re looking for remote/telecommute jobs. Both contain some gigs for freelancers and independent contractors, but I wouldn’t say either are particularly strong in this area.

So it comes down to a few other deciding factors:

Price wise, both services are within a dollar of each other if you pay for a single month’s subscription (c. $15). The difference occurs with longer subscriptions. Whereas Virtual Vocations hovers around the $10 per month mark for a subscription of six months or more, FlexJobs is much cheaper. If you use a voucher code like the one in our review, you can end up paying as little as only a few bucks per month if you commit to a year.

So, FlexJobs is generally cheaper.

When it comes to user experience, however, Virtual Vocations has the edge. While neither site is completely perfect in terms of search facilities, as discussed in our review, FlexJobs has a confusing interface, with a lot of clutter and superfluous features.

Then it swings a little the other way when you look at online reputation (discussed below). FlexJobs comes out slightly on top there due to overwhelmingly positive Sitejabber recommendations, including plenty from people who’ve actually found a job using the service.

FlexJobs Dashboard

Jobs wise, it’s impossible to say which will serve you better. Both feature jobs from household name companies. There’s also every chance there will be jobs duplicated across both services.

There’s inevitably a lot of luck involved in finding a remote job that’s suited to your skills on the day(s) you’re looking! If you really want to make sure you don’t miss a single opportunity, you’ll probably want to try out both – and spending $15-20 per month in total isn’t really that big a deal if it results in you finding the remote job of your dreams.

Virtual Vocations Reputation

The Virtual Vocations Glassdoor reviews are all positive, but there are not that many of them at the time of writing.

Generally, however, Virtual Vocations has a decent online reputation, with criticism largely focussed around those aforementioned people who firmly believe companies shouldn’t be able to charge for job search related sites. The company is also very active in the remote work industry, periodically releasing interesting studies and reports.

Virtual Vocations Review: Final Verdict

If I was based in the US and looking for a home-based position, I personally wouldn’t moan about handing over $15 to try Virtual Vocations for a month.

Thanks to the free tier, you can at least take a look at the kind of jobs on the service without spending any money, but you will have to cough up if you actually want to apply for anything.

Like FlexJobs, Virtual Vocations is best for those wanting a remote position with a single company. It’s not so good for freelancers. It’s stronger on jobs for those with solid skills and experience, but it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility to find entry-level roles here too.

As already discussed, if you object to paying money for a service that curates home working jobs, you’re unlikely to shift from that stance. But if you truly want to work from home whilst maintaining the security of traditional employment, you should probably give yourself the best chance of finding something suitable.

You could well find that something on Virtual Vocations – or its competitor, FlexJobs.

Find Virtual Vocations here.

Virtual Vocations Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Decent user interface.
  • Plenty of jobs.
  • Good job filtering options.
  • Jobs at both expert and entry level.

Cons

  • Very much US only.
  • Too many emails!
  • Not much good for freelancers.

Other Places to Look for Work

Find Virtual Vocations here.

77% Recommended - IF you're in the US

Great for telecommuters, not so worthwhile for those seeking one-off freelance gigs.

  • Ease of Use 80 %
  • Accessibility 70 %
  • Earning Potential 80 %
  • User Ratings (10 Votes) 69 %

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Founder of HomeWorkingClub.com - Ben is a long-established freelancer with a passion for helping other people take control of their destiny and break away from "working for the man." Prone to outbursts of bluntness and realism.

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    Excellent review. I’m now checking out Virtual Vocations and was looking for an unbiased review. I’ve used FlexJobs in the past. While it boasts many job, most are very very specialized (like specific language UX developer with a masters degree.) On first browse, V V seems to have a broader list of jobs, including many in e-commerce and SEO.

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    Splendid review of Virtual Vocations. Last month I was looking for a website that hosted legitimate work-from-home jobs and discovered Virtual Vocations. However, I was put off by the fee for using the site to look for a job. However, I checked out their information explaining why they charge a fee. It made sense. However, next, I needed to determine their legitimacy. That’s how I discovered your website. Thanks to your review, I signed up with them last month. I landed a job my 2nd day on the site. I went with a company that prospected me at the start of the year. At the time, I doubted their premise of “work from home.” In my field, many companies say that we can work from home. However, usually, it’s a lie. However, thanks to my company being listed on Virtual Vocations, I now knew that their premise of “work from home” was honest. So, thanks again for your review of Virtual Vocations.

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      Hi Akeem, Congratulations on your new job. It’s always good to hear success stories so thank you for sharing 🙂

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    Thank you so much for your review. I have a job but it’s not in my career field at all. I’ve been out of my career field for 6 months and I can’t seem to find anything. It’s so upsetting. I’m going to try the subscription. Your review convinced me this is a good purchase.

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      Hi Dom, I appreciate the link but I think this is something and nothing. In fact, Virtual Vocations actually has an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau, which is quite an accolade! There are always things people complain about and subscription-based job search services always get a hammering because some people straight-up disagree with the whole concept of them (as discussed on this site). Then you have other people who think that paying out a tiny amount of money should equate to a guaranteed job. When you read some of the reviews it’s immediately clear why people didn’t get any of the jobs they applied for – poor English, lack of coherence etc. Paying for a service doesn’t guarantee anybody a job, but from the tone of many of the reviews it seems clear some people think it should!

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    Hi Ben,

    Thank you for your honest opinion and review. I travel for work and a colleague of mine knew I was looking to work from home so he recommended Flexjobs (I stumbled upon VirtualVocations). Working from home can allow me to pursue starting/building my business. That being said, I don’t mind paying a small fee if the services is legit. What you posted here makes perfect sense. You just sealed the deal for me. I will be subscribing to both. I will definitely keep you posted “when” (thinking positive) I land that perfect job for me. Thanks again and continue to be blessed!

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    Must you live in the US to be hired? I am an American and Mexican citizen and spend part of my year in Mexico. Would my stay in Mexico impact my chances of finding a job on this website (if I choose 100% virtual/no travel).

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      Hi Clara,

      Virtual Vocations does lean particularly in the direction of US-specific roles. FlexJobs is a little more global.

      In terms of spending half of your time in Mexico, I’d say one strategy for that would be to apply for jobs when you’re going to be spending a prolonged period in the US, then broach the subject of spending some of the year in Mexico once you’ve already got a job and a strong relationship with your employer!

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    I found the tool useless. The have zero analytics to back service. Sure you can say it is a place that all jobs are gathered together but so many jobs were expired and they had terrible customer service when I asked for additional infomration about.

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      As per the review: “The ability to search by “date posted” is handy too, to help ensure you’re only looking at recent jobs and not older listings that may have already been filled.”

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    I read your review and after doing so signed up for the monthly subscription to Virtual Vocations as there were a few listings in my field with is Unified Communications and Architecture. A BIG issue I see with them that is that their free access to positions is actually too generic. I just blew 15 bucks only to find out that these listings are strictly for AVAYA related positions. I am a Cisco guy. Those that are UC engineers for Cisco, Genysis, Shoretel, Mitel, etc could get sucked in and lose cash just like I did. They really should have a trial period where if you wish to see the details at least you can, then if you want to apply you have the choice to pay. I am really saddened by their lack of transparency. Now I will file a claim with PP and hopefully get my money back.

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    To add further to my past reply…

    After going through around a half dozen jobs listed on their site it seems to me like you are paying for a service that is merely parsing opportunities that they have extrapolated information from company websites to make a quick buck. All of the jobs that I looked at when I click Apply are just redirecting me to the actual company sites! To me this is like the guy that stands at the airport selling you maps to the area. It is of no real use because with a little effort you can do it on your own without wasting all that cash.

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      As per the review:

      “as with many online services, there are some negative reviews out there. These primarily relate to misunderstandings around exactly what Virtual Vocations provides. The service compiles listings of remote jobs, which means it’s sometimes possible to find the same jobs listed in other (free) locations. What you’re paying for with Virtual Vocations is to have all of these job listings curated in one place.”

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