- Jun 14, 2018
Back in college, I had to earn a bit of extra cash to augment my daily allowance, plus get some beer money because I could never ask my parents for that! I would make it a habit to walk around campus, keeping my eyes peeled for a help wanted poster I could respond to so that I could start working part-time. Whenever I would see a now hiring sign, I would either write down the information with a ballpoint pen on the palm of my hand (if I didn’t have a piece of paper - which I usually didn’t), or if I had nothing on me at all, I would just rip the entire sign off the post or wall for future reference.
Today, those job wanted signs and posters can be recorded with a simple click of your phone. Plus, they can actually become a source of income for you and me! Thanks to smartphone technology and the innovation of job seeker platforms, we can now help those looking for jobs and those who need people for their businesses - and get paid for doing so! Sounds like a good and legit deal, or something scammy? Let’s investigate together.
First things first - what is it?
The Job Spotter app (linked below for both iOS and Android users) is under the Indeed umbrella. Indeed is a recruitment platform that helps employers find employees, and job seekers to find jobs.
Basically, you have to download it and, as the name implies, look for those help wanted or any kind of hiring poster or sign in your area (campuses are always a good place to start!). Then you have to take photos of those signs, submit them using the app (following the app’s rules, of course), and sit back, relax, and start collecting points to redeem for gift cards!
How long has it been around?
Its mother company, Indeed, was founded way back in 2004. The Job Spotter app looks relatively newer (established around 2016 according to the app pages info).
Is registration free?
Yes, signing up is totally free, and only requires downloading the app, and then setting up your Job Spotter account using your name and a verifiable email address.
How do I start earning extra income from Job Spotter?
First, make sure to thoroughly read and understand the Job Spotter content submission guideline to avoid wasting time and effort submitting pictures that are unacceptable. The site throws in some acceptable submissions on this page filled with picture examples to give you a good idea of what to submit. Basically, you would want to take as clear a picture as possible of both the help wanted sign, plus the establishment that posted that sign. Avoid taking pictures with people in it, and keep your eyes peeled for those kinds of signs that you know aren’t as nearly as visible as mass-produced ones from chain establishments. These are the ones that Indeed considers the most useful for job seekers that are in your area. There is no limit to the number of original submissions you can muster, although duplicates will be flagged (if you aren’t the only one who has submitted the same sign and establishment). You really have to be discerning about the kind of help wanted signs and posters to take pictures of. Then you can start to earn gift cards from Amazon per approved submission.
Does it pay well?
Job Spotter has a rewards points and prizes system that allows users to earn up to 150 points per submission, depending on their algorithm. Once a submission is approved, you can already claim the gift card of your choice via the Wallet page. Gift cards are processed within two weeks, although some submissions might take longer to process and approve.
As to it paying well - honestly, I think it depends on a lot of circumstances. For starters, it doesn’t pay in cash, which I already find vexing, although gift cards are always welcome substitutes. For another, depending on your location, you might not be able to come across a lot of those hiring signs and posters to be able to rack up enough points to make it worth your while.
Overall, feedback from the apps page is good, with ratings averaging 4.3 stars from both Android and iOS users (as of this writing at least). It’s a user-friendly app and platform that allows me to explore my town and get some exercise along with my side hustle. I think this one is legit and is worth a shot, even though it won’t earn you enough to replace the income from steadier, more dependable tasks like taking surveys.
Job Spotter App Screenshots
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Is Job Spotter something that interests you by way of making some side income? Or would you still prefer other online, home-based jobs for extra cash? I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback below!