Virtual Vocations Review – Should you Sign Up?

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Are you looking for a head start in finding a well-paid job you can do from home? Virtual Vocations claims to “revolutionise” your hunt for a remote job, and this detailed Virtual Vocations review looks at whether that claim is true.

Let’s get straight into it:

What is Virtual Vocations?

Virtual Vocations is an online job board specialising in telecommuting jobs you can do from home. While there are some global jobs on the platform, the service is primarily focussed on remote jobs for those in the US.

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

Is Virtual Vocations Free?

It’s free to sign up to Virtual Vocations and begin to browse jobs. You can do so here. However, access to the majority of the site (and the job details) is only available to paying subscribers.

There are some exceptions to this. Once you’ve signed up, there are some “public” jobs that all registered users can access without payment (the link to get to those is here). Jobs from certain Virtual Vocations partners are free to all as well.

Effectively, signing up but not paying a subscription is like a free trial. It gives you enough to see what you can expect. There’s certainly little harm in doing so and having a look around. 

Virtual Vocations Review

Is Virtual Vocations Any Good?

Virtual Vocations is a company with a professional team behind it and a solid reputation. It 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. Average reviews on that site have a 4/5 rating at the time of writing. There are also positive job-seeker testimonials here.

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 vetted, and 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, its main competitor.

These companies are charging to curate job listings of roles you can perform from home. You are paying for convenience, and not paying much. A month of subscription costs about the same as a take-out pizza.

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 free to do the legwork yourself. We have an article on tips for unearthing remote jobs, and even a remote job board on this site.

Job searching

To be completely 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.

I think they may be missing the point a little. We discuss this on Episode 2 of our podcast – Pros and Cons of Remote Working.

Virtual Vocations Review: Pricing

As mentioned above, Virtual Vocations does offer a limited level of free membership. This includes the ability to browse all the listed jobs. However, to apply for the majority of them, you need to pay for a subscription.

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 even $60 isn’t much if you find a good job on the service within six months – but this depends a lot on your own mindset.

VirtualVocations Subscriptions

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. These include 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, when I last updated this review in March 2020. I did a search with four filters:

I looked for IT jobs, 100% telecommute, no travel, and posted in the past 24-hours. I had 23 pages of jobs to look through, the majority of which were relevant to my search. I also spotted some household names among the listings, such as Sophos and Autodesk.

Virtual Vocations job search

I wouldn’t describe the search functionality as perfect. A search for writing roles brought me mostly suitable jobs, but there were also ads for a Virtual Assistant, and an “anatomy and physiology expert.”

It’s certainly worth playing around with the options and filters for the best results. And in fairness, the same search quirks afflict both FlexJobs and our own job board.

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.

That said, I still found plenty of “entry level” roles. For example, searches for “cutomer service” and “call center” yielded plenty of options.

Entry level roles

Where Virtual Vocations is weaker is when it comes to “independent contractor” gigs – in other words, freelance positions. There are some of these dotted around, but you’d be better off using sites like Upwork (reviewed here) to find those.

In fairness, Virtual Vocations isn’t claiming to specialise in freelance roles. It’s a telecommuting site, first and foremost.

Company Profiles

Virtual Vocations also boasts an extensive library of company profiles – over 20,000 at the time of writing.

These provide data on companies known to offer remote jobs. You can learn what the companies do, and read research findings on things like whether their jobs are location-specific and what remote tools they use.

This is actually very useful to those being truly proactive about finding the perfect job. For example, you could start out with one of the categories, such as healthcare or tech, and really learn about the companies in the industry and how they work.

VV Company profiles

Extra Virtual Vocations Features

The other core features in Virtual Vocations are a mixed bag. At the underwhelming end of the scale are the places to manage portfolios and related documents.

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 managing your job hunt. But, in reality, you’re generally likely to end up applying direct and using a CV you already have “offline.”

More useful is the ability to set up customised job alert emails, and the features that keep track of which jobs you’ve applied for.

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 job sites like this, so at least something is being done to reduce them.

Also worth a mention is a significant library of email courses and eBooks, all freely available. As you can see below, some of the presentation here is on the dated side, but these extra resources will no doubt be useful to some people.

Telecommuter Toolkit

Add-On Services

Virtual Vocations also offers a selection of add-on services, such as resumé reviews, LinkedIn profile revamps and career coaching sessions. These are offered at a reduced price to those with a paid subscription.

Prices are reasonable, starting at $39.99 for a cover letter review and $49.99 for a resumé assessment. However, I’ve not personally tried these out, or had a chance to compare what’s on offer with products from dedicated companies such as Zipjob.

Downsides of Virtual Vocations

Nothing in life is perfect, and Virtual Vocations has a couple of 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. That said, if one of those emails leads you to your dream job, you probably won’t complain.

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, then I doubt there’s anything anybody can say to convert you.

Virtual Vocations vs. FlexJobs

It’s inevitable that people will compare Virtual Vocations to FlexJobs – they’re remarkably similar services.

Having personally reviewed both for HomeWorkingClub – several times each – 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. 

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). However, the differences become more noticeable beyond that.

For starters, while Virtual Vocations hovers around the $10 per month mark for a subscription of six months or more, FlexJobs can be much cheaper. There are often voucher codes out there (including one in our review), so you can sometimes 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. Neither site is completely perfect in terms of search facilities, but as discussed in our review, FlexJobs has a confusing interface, with a lot of clutter and superfluous features.

FlexJobs Dashboard

When it comes to online reputation, there’s little to choose between the companies. They’re both well-rated on the Better Business Bureau, and have largely positive reviews.

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. 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

Virtual Vocations Glassdoor reviews are all largely positive.

Generally, 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.

As you can sign up free, you can take a look at the kind of jobs on the service without spending any money. There are also some (as mentioned) that are available to non-paying members. However, you will have to cough up if you want full access, and the ability to apply for everything.

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 there’s plenty here to dive into if you’re willing to invest in yourself.

If you find your dream home-based job, that subscription fee will feel like a drop in the ocean.

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Virtual Vocations Review: Quick Summary
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Worth a Look - IF You are In the US

Virtual Vocations is definitely worth looking at if you are US-based and looking for a telecommuting job. If nothing else it’s wise to sign up for a free account and have a look around before committing. The service isn’t so good for freelancers or those living outside America. 

Pros

  • Decent user interface.
  • Plenty for dedicated job hunters to work though, with useful company profiles.
  • Lots of jobs – at both expert and entry level.
  • Good job filtering options.

Cons

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

20 thoughts on “Virtual Vocations Review – Should you Sign Up?”

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. I am also disenchanted with virtual Vocations as they haven’t given me a credible lead, and generally flex jobs I’d put in the same category. I’ve also experienced the same complaints others have mentioned- you waste tons of time setting up a profile only to get redirected to another employer off site location that requires you to do the same thing. What’s the point of using these pay sites when most leads I’m coming up with are on the free sites? Waste of time, money, and hope.

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  10. I live about two hours from Eugene Oregon where this company is supposedly located. If you paste their physical address into Google maps it says no results. if you search for the company by name on Google maps it shows a location in a back alley behind a big 5 and UPS postal Store strip mall. That concerns me a little bit. I’ll be in Eugene next Tuesday and I am actually thinking about physically trying to track down this company.

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    • It’s probably an accommodation / mail forwarding address – lots of companies use them. I don’t think it indicates anything sinister.

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