*** (People, please don't work for free.)
Charles Crumrine 2 posts - United States - Joined Sep 29 2011
I've been receiving repeated invitations to interview from *** (some for half my profile rate and some for double it) and assume a lot of the rest of you are too.
I think *** is legit. I thought they were a scam at first but I did some research. They're your standard software development company that's owned by a bigger company that's owned by an even bigger company. These postings probably represent real work and could be great opportunities to some. I feel a need to warn people though.
Don't ever work for free.
*** job postings make it very clear that you will complete one week of work as a trial before they decide to hire or not hire you. You will be paid a flat rate for that trial (equivalent to 40hrs at the rate advertised on the posting) IF that trial leads them to hire you.
This means: You do the work first (and not 8 hours of demo work, which I'd also refuse, but isn't so bad) but 40 hours. That's 40 hours where you're not making any other money. One week that you're not actively finding new clients and contracts. And THEN, after you've done the work, they decide whether or not they will pay you.
Please start denying these invitations and refusing to work for free. I don't think *** trying to scam anyone. I understand the desire to make sure you're only hiring quality professionals, but the fact is that they can't possibly hire everyone that performs the trial, so some people are getting screwed. They need to change their plan.
No in-person career would ever ask you to do this. From high education work to manual labor. They may give you a trial or probationary period during which you don't receive benefits or it's easier to terminate you, but you'll be paid during this.
It's only because you're a freelancer working online that they think they can treat you this way. We compete with thousands of other freelancers and we often have periods of time with no work. We get desperate sometimes, so they think we'll jump at the chance to "prove ourselves" working for free and earn a job.
If someone asked you to pay them $1200 for a chance to get hired, you'd never do it. Don't give them $1200 of your time for a chance either. Even if you do feel desperate, that time is better spent looking for work than working for free.
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