If you're looking to work for Google from home, it's possible – but you should first note that fake work-at-home Google jobs are often advertised by websites aiming to scam job hunters out of their money.
Beware of Scams
Scam sites usually ask users to pay a job application fee or purchase a "Google work-at-home business kit" before starting work, but the setup is not legitimate. If you catch any such red flags on your job search, turn the other way – you can safely assume that website would take your money and run.
That said, you can find real, safe opportunities to work for Google from the comfort of your home, but those opportunities are extremely limited. Google places a big emphasis on corporate culture, so the company doesn't rely much on telecommuters. In fact, the only work-from-home position regularly listed by Google is an ads quality rater.
Working as an Ads Quality Rater
Ads quality raters are hired as remote independent contractors to give feedback on the quality and accuracy of Google advertisements. They have to work at least 10 hours each week, and usually earn around $15 per hour to start.
Quality raters basically work as human fact-checkers for Google's search formula. Google hires raters for its search engines in countries across the globe, so if you're bilingual and have a deep knowledge of other cultures, that'll give you a leg up for this position. Quality raters analyze Google's text, web pages, photos and other types of search results and rate them in terms of relevance.
Unfortunately, it's tough to find these positions advertised online. They don't usually appear on Google's careers website, but if positions are available, you're likely to find them listed on Indeed.
Criteria You Need
If you are able to find an available Google quality-rater position, you'll have the best luck landing the job if you meet certain criteria:
- A four-year college degree or four years of relevant work experience
- College-level fluency in English reading and writing
- Newspaper-level fluency in the language of bilingual rater jobs, as well as a deep understanding of the relevant culture
- Valid U.S. work authorization
- A secure, private, high-speed Internet connection.
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to the contact listed in the position advertisement. Include in your email's subject line the exact title of the position. If your application is selected for further review, you'll take an online test. If hired, you'll sign a nondisclosure agreement regarding information about Google's search algorithm, and you'll be contracted for a year of work between 10 and 30 hours per week.