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Lionbridge Now Recruiting Work-From-Home Consultants

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Lionbridge work from homeMany of our readers are looking for a good way to make the transition from the “Rat Race” to doing some kind of work from home. Quitting your “9-to-5″ can be a scary leap of faith if you don’t have an alternate source of steady income lined up. That’s why I want to tell you about a work-from-home opportunity that could very well be just what you’ve been looking for to make that move. What I’m going to fill you in on today is a legitimate work-from-home job that pays well, allows you to set your own hours, and doesn’t require you to sell anything or answer phones. If you’re thinking “too good to be true,” I get it. I was scammed by “work from home opportunities” more times than I care to mention before I found this company. However, I can tell you this one’s legit because I’ve been working for Lionbridge as an Internet Assessor for over a year now. If this is the type of opportunity you’ve been looking for, this is a great time to apply for a position with Lionbridge because they have recently stepped up their recruiting efforts and also created a new work from home position. Read on for all the details.

Is Lionbridge a Legitimate Company?

This should probably be the first question you ask about any work-from-home opportunity you’re considering. Let’s face it, there are a lot of scams on the internet and it can sometimes be hard to recognize the “real thing” when you see it. Here are a few things  you should look for when you’re checking into any work from home job:

  • A legit company will more than likely have a professional internet presence, and a professional-looking website
  • A legit company will have clear contact information on their website
  • The company’s website should provide a pretty clear idea of who they are and what they do for their customers
  • The hiring process should “feel” like a hiring process. In other words, be concerned if you see instructions to simply send an email containing your personal info and start working.
  • Beware of hype. Most of the scams I’ve seen make some pretty outrageous claims of how much money you will make in “just 30 minutes each day” or some similar hype.
  • A legitimate work-from-home opportunity will not cost you anything to apply. Think about it. If you went to a local brick-and-mortar employer to fill out an application, and they asked for a $150 fee up front, you’d grab your purse and run, right? Just because you’re looking online doesn’t mean you should abandon your common sense. Simply put, a legitimate employer will do things you would expect a legitimate employer to do.

With these things in mind, I encourage you to spend some time checking out the Lionbridge website, which should reassure you that you’re dealing with a legitimate company.

 

What Work-From-Home Jobs Does Lionbridge Have Available?

Lionbridge currently has nine work-from-home positions. I don’t know how many workers they’re hiring right now. However, I was recently in touch with a recruiter who informed me that the most in-demand jobs at the moment are for the Internet Assessor Program and the newly created role of Social Media Search Consultant. Those links will take you to the job description page for each of these positions. Here are a few quick facts about these 2 positions:

  • These positions pay $14.50/hour
  • Both are independent contractor positions, which means you will not be an employee of Lionbridge. They will not deduct taxes from your pay for you, and you are not eligible for employee benefits.
  • Both positions require you to work a minimum of 10 hours/week, and a maximum of 20 hours/week, dependent on task availability. Since December, 2009 when I started working for Lionbridge, there have been three or four occasions when I logged into the system to work, and there was no work available at the time (several hours later there was work available again). There have also been numerous times when I have been notified that I could work more than 20 hours/week because of high volumes of work. At these times, there is often a monetary bonus offered for doing additional work. But typically, you should count on working between 10 and 20 hours per week.
  • Both positions allow you to set your own schedule.

Qualifications and Skills Needed to Work for Lionbridge

Obviously, you need a computer to do these jobs since all your work will be done via internet.

Here are the requirements for the Internet Assessors Program, which are listed on the job description page.

The skill set for this job is not high-tech, candidates need to be familiar with browsing the internet, be able to read and write fluent English, and have high-speed access to internet. Specifically:

  • Reading and writing in English is a mandatory requirement for program participation
  • Proof of English competency in some locales will be requested, e.g. English Certificate
  • For cultural and historical awareness purposes, you must be resident in the country for 5 consecutive years
  • You should be familiar with using both Internet browsers and content, and have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection
  • You need to be motivated to apply your knowledge in a way that improves the browsing experience on the Web
  • You must be a mature person capable of managing your time to spend 10-20 hours per week in rating various online services and software
  • You can be a college student, teacher, retired person, on-line shopper, stay-at-home parent or professional from any field

For the Social Media Search Consultant role:

  • Fluency in written and verbal English
  • Preferred level of education/certification – Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent)
  • Regular user of Twitter and Gmail with a Google Profile
  • Familiarity with Google products is an advantage
  • Access to and use of a broadband internet connection and associated computer and software to perform the work, all provided at your own expense
  • Experience in use of web browsers to navigate and interact with a variety of content
  • Time Management Skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications
  • A legal resident of the United States for the last 5 consecutive years

[source: Lionbridge Social Media Search Consultant page]

From my own experience, I can tell you that you’ll need to be familiar with tabbed browsing, searching the internet quickly and effectively, and a good dose of common sense wouldn’t hurt, either. You’ll also need to have knowledge of popular American culture. The tasks you’ll be performing aren’t rocket science, but Lionbridge does set quality standards and you will be expected to do quality work in a timely manner. They do provide training and guidelines, which you’ll get a taste of during the application process. So, you’re probably wondering exactly how the application process works, right?

How to Apply for a Job With Lionbridge

Like any other job application, you should be prepared to make a good first impression. You will need the typical information like your name, address, phone number, a five-year work history, and your education details. You will have the opportunity to provide a resume, but it’s not required. Here are the steps in the process:

  1. Read the job descriptions and decide which position you’d like to apply for. Again, the most in-demand positions right now are for the Internet Assessors Program and the Social Media Search Consultant.
  2. On each job description page, you’ll find instructions for applying along with a link which will take you to the Lionbridge recruitment application wizard. You will go through the application wizard, providing all the information you would typically furnish for a job application.
  3. Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed by the Lionbridge team. If you’ve included everything in your application, and are approved for the next step, you’ll be notified via email that you can take the online assessment. You’ll receive specifics of the exam from Lionbridge once you’re considered suitable for the role you’ve applied for. Basically you’ll be given instructions and guidelines which you’ll need to become familiar with before taking the exam. The exam will have you doing tasks similar to those you would be doing if hired. You have five days to complete the exam. I highly recommend you give yourself plenty of time to study the guidelines and complete the exam. You must pass the exam in order to be hired.

That’s it. Once you’ve completed your exam, it will be reviewed and you’ll get an email letting you know whether or not you passed. If so, you’ll begin the “onboarding” process similar to training you’d receive as a new employee on a “9-to-5″ job.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve written posts about Lionbridge in the past, and there seem to be some questions that come up often. I’ll address the most common ones here. If you still have questions, please post them in the comments section.

  • Can I apply for more than one position? Yes. You can apply for more than one position, however you will only be hired for one position. You can typically only work in one “role” or position.
  • Can my husband, wife, poodle, goldfish, etc. also work for Lionbridge? Nope. Only one person per household can work for Lionbridge.
  • What will my hours be? Make sure you read the job description of the position you’re interested in. As an independent contractor in the Internet Assessor Program, I set my own schedule. I am expected to work a minimum of 10 hours/week and I’m usually allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours/week. My daily schedule is up to me. I work whenever I want to work.
  • Can I take time off? Yes. Once you’ve been hired, you’ll have access to a portal where you’ll log in when you work. From there, you’ll also be able to report periods of time when you won’t be available for work. This is not paid vacation; you only get paid for the time you work.
  • How (and how often) will I get paid? You will report your time using an online “time-sheet” application. Once your time is reviewed and approved you’ll be paid via direct deposit once per month. I have never had any issues with payment.
  • Are there any full-time positions available? Lionbridge does not have any full-time work from home positions at this time.
  • Why is there a number “10″ in the word L10NBRIDGE? Well, look how observant you are! The numeronym “L10N” is used for the word “localization,” which is a service on which Lionbridge has based its success. You can read more about Localization Services on their website.

I’ve enjoyed working for Lionbridge for over a year now. Overall, it’s pretty much perfect for what I’m trying to accomplish. It gives me a steady income, allows me to work from home and set my own hours, and the work is usually pretty interesting and often even fun (imagine that…I just used “work” and “fun” in the same sentence!) Are there drawbacks? Of course, and this isn’t the right fit for everyone. If you absolutely have to have employer-provided insurance, for example, this may not work for you. If you’re looking for a way to transition from the “Rat Race” to a work-from-home lifestyle, then this may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Let us know if you apply for a position at Lionbridge, we’d love to hear how it goes for you!

 

 


17 thoughts on “Lionbridge Now Recruiting Work-From-Home Consultants”

  1. I started working for Lionbridge mid-March – I had the same concerns about the legitimacy of the company so I did my research. It’s been a steady source of work. I felt lucky to have stumbled upon one of the few legit work at home opportunities.

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Congrats on your new job. I feel the same way. Seems like “legit” work from home jobs are few and far between. There are some out there, but it’s so frustrating wading through all the scams and time-wasters.

  2. I just passed the two part test stage and will presumably begin regular work as an internet assessor soon. I did have concerns initially about how above board this is but it seems very legitimate to me now.

    I do wonder though about one thing. We hear that they are perfectly find with a person taking time off whenever, but I’m guessing that would not be the case for the first few weeks? I ask because I have a relative in another country who invited me to visit but maybe I should postpone that till after the 3 week initiation.

    1. Hi Ted, congrats on passing your exam! If you haven’t already, you should soon get an email with further instructions about how to get started. I’m really not sure about taking time off during your first month. My advice would be to contact Lionbridge and ask. I think it’s best if you can do as much work as possibly during your training period, this allows you to get the hang of things, and improve your speed and accuracy while you’re still considered a “trainee.” Good luck!

  3. While it was a little stressful at first, by now a few weeks in I’m pretty much enjoying the Lionbridge program. But I do have a question I keep wondering about, regarding timesheets and recording your time to do tasks.

    Specifically, how much do you think they care if you under-report your times a little due to distractions? As you know, when working at home things can come up – doorbells and phones can ring and a variety of other little distractions. So sometimes tasks that might normally take you one amount of time take you longer. I totally get the need for some productivity expectations so that people don’t inflate their timesheets but what about the reverse?

    Like for example, if I normally do 5 of a type of task in a 15 minute period, but due to distractions such as those listed above it takes me 25 minutes. Would they care if I write down 5 and say 15 or 18 in the timesheet instead of 5 and 25? I am billing them for less time, so I would imagine they’d want me to do that and be okay with it. But at the same time they say they are recording how long we take and comparing it to what we put in the timesheet so they might get upset at the discrepancy? It’s hard to tell.

    I suppose I could have asked them this question in an email but I suspected I could have been very easily misunderstood by someone scanning the email fast and they might have gotten the wrong idea that I was trying to pull one over on them so I thought I’d run it by you first since you’re by now an experienced rater.

    1. Hi Ted,
      Congrats on your new job! I can’t really answer your question since I’ve never had any experience with that issue. But, when I get interrupted and don’t want to have it affect my time, I use the “save draft” button at the bottom of the task and record my stop time. That way, I can get rid of the distraction, and just pick up where I left off. Hope that makes sense. If not, drop me an email (use the “contact” page). Thanks for dropping by and letting us know how it’s going.

    2. Good idea about using the save draft feature more. It’s easy to forget it’s there and seems like a handy tool for those situations.

  4. Hi, I was trying to apply and got interrupted/logged off in the middle of the wizard. When I tried again, there was no way to ‘log back in’ but when I started over it said my email was ‘reserved’ Any help here, thanks so much

  5. I passed the exam and was invited to join Lionbridge last week. I was asked to set up my vendor account, etc and asked to work on practice tasks. I am done with what was available but haven’t heard from anyone. I am just wondering how long the “onboarding” process is – how long does it take to actually get started?

    1. Hi Shelly, Have you started working yet? If not, your best bet would be to email lionbridge and ask them directly. It probably just depends on how many people are going through the process at the same time, and what work is available. Congrats on passing the exam!

  6. Quick question. I just sent in my resume for company research administrator with Lionbridge. After submission I realized I had sent resume with wrong objective!!! (was for a job that I did not meet all of the qualifications for so it had all of the “train, mold this candidate” language – grrr) Although I DO have all of the qualifications for this position ie: Bachelor’s degree, Japanese/English language fluency) According to all recruiting sites a bad objective will get your resume trashed. I am very upset because this job would be perfect for me as the part-time, flexible hours would be sooo condusive to finishing up my graduate school. Any suggestions? Should I just submit another resume?? Thanks

  7. Hi Tammy, thanks for the reply. There was no need to resubmit resume as I was contacted very quickly to begin the process. This position of a research administrator must be a new position as I have not seen anyone review or speak of this position. The requirements are fluent Japanese/English and a bachelor’s degree. Just wanted to know if you are still working for the company and how it is going. If it is a comfortable work relationship it would be perfect for me while I finish up my graduate degree in translation. I am somewhat hesitant just not being able to speak to any “real” people about it. Also I would hope that with the bilingual+degree requirements that the compensation would be greater than $14 an hour. Any information you could share would be appreciated. Thanks a million!

  8. P.S. The main reason for my hesitancy are that there are so many negative reviews floating around. I wish I hadn’t looked at any of those. Most being folks previously employed.

    1. Hi Nicole, I’m not familiar with the research administrator position. Then again, I’ve never really paid much attention to the bilingual positions since they don’t apply to me. Yes, I am still working for Lionbridge. Every job has its pros and cons and a lot depends on your personal preferences. I think for some people it could be too isolating, if you’re the type of person who likes the “social” aspect of a typical job it might be a little harder to adjust to working solo at home. My biggest challenge has been forcing myself to sit down and work when I really just don’t feel like working. It’s a double-edged sword not having a “boss” to be accountable to :???:

    2. Nicole, would you mind telling me about the pay? I am thinking of applying for the job myself, and unlike ad rating the pay seems to be piecemeal instead of hourly rate.

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