Leapforce Agents – Search Engine Evaluators

I’ve heard tell of Search Engine Evaluator positions, but I’ve never taken the time to look into them. So today I hopped on over to Leapforce to check out their work at home position for a Search Engine Evaluator!

Pay & Employment Status

As a Leapforce at home agent you are paid by the hour, though I cannot find a rate on the site! It does say the payment is made by check via snail mail, though. And it appears you determine how many hours you wish to work as well as what times of day you’re able to work. You’ll be an Independent contractor, not an employee, so you’ll be responsible for claiming earned income (anything over $600 for the year) based on the 1099 they’ll send come tax time.

Job Description

You’ll be expected to “conduct in depth internet-based research and provide information evaluation for leading companies from around the globe.” Leapforce has customers and then contracts Independent agents to perform the work. Agents actually invoice Leapforce for the work they do. Search Engine Evaluators “evaluate and improve search engine results for one of the world’s largest internet search engine companies.”

Agent Requirements & Process

You have to be 18, self-reliant, self-motivated, and actively using the internet for more than 3 years (internet savvy). They’re particularly looking for people with a broad range of interests who enjoy online research and evaluation. You will also have to complete an online qualification process and pass an online assessment exam. Leapforce’s FAQ notes that it takes most agents a week to complete those additional requirements.

Equipment Needed:

  • High speed internet access
  • A PC running Mozilla’s Firefox browser (v3 or higher)
  • An up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware software

High speed internet access would be cable or DSL (nearly anything but dial-up). You also have to own a computer and work directly from it (not from a computer at your local coffee shop (public access). If you’re not familiar with Firefox, you can download the latest version here: Mozilla Firefox. And most of us online have an anti-virus and anti-spy software of some kind running at all times. If you don’t – you should. Check into AVG for a nice, free edition (as well as their paid versions): AVG Free

Skills Needed:

  • Excellent web research skills and analytical abilities
  • Excellent comprehension and written communication skills
  • BONUS: Fluency in a language other than English

The Registration Application & A Quick Summary

I went through the initial registration process (located here: https://www.leapforceathome.com/qrp/core/register/1) and while most of it is fairly straight-forward, you actually do have to attach a resume in order to submit your information. Believe it or not, I don’t have a current resume! So I abandoned the effort since I’m not exactly looking for another job at the moment and was merely testing the waters to write about the opportunity for telecommuting work here on my blog.

So make sure you have a resume ready to upload in any of the following supported formats (text, word, pdf or open office).

Maybe I’ll put a resume together and then go back through to apply and see what LeapForce is all about. Then again, I’ve got more work than I can do at the moment so maybe I”ll hope that someone who is currently working for Leapforce as a Search Engine Evaluator will leave a comment here to let us all know what it’s like (and whether there are any caveats to getting paid!).

UPDATE – June 1, 2011:
Be sure to read (okay, scan over) ALL of the comments below. There are quite a few. Some folks are happy with the work, some aren’t. It seems most complaints stem from invoicing issues. And apparently robots run the place, so don’t expect to speak to a live person if you need help. It’s all automated. What isn’t these days?? Press 1 if you speak English . . .
Thank you to EVERYONE who contributes helpful comments on this post and others!