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If you have ever been invited to be a surveyor for a survey company, and were accepted, then you must be prepared for the level of work involved. It is very different from sitting at home and taking surveys online.
Your job may involve walking through crowded stores or businesses, interviewing people, asking questions and writing about your findings.
The amount of time you will be given to complete each survey will depend on the invitation you are given. You may be asked to complete it in fifteen minutes, an hour or even two full days.
Many of the survey companies in Canada require potential survey takers to complete a profile prior to being contacted.
This information usually includes age, gender, religion, educational background, employment history, interests and other characteristics.
The profiles are used to help the research companies determine if the people being invited are qualified for the positions being advertised. They may also use the profiles to filter out unsuitable candidates.
If you do not meet the requirements for being invited to take a survey, you will not be considered suitable. Every company will have different criteria, so you will need to look at each opportunity that you are interested in carefully.
For example, some companies may require you to have worked in the public sector in the past. Other companies may not care if you worked for a government or non-profit agency.
Most companies will however want at least five years of experience in the public sector, as well as extensive training in computer and other skills.
Once you have been invited to take a survey, you will need to make arrangements to attend the meeting. You will need to be there on the agreed date, so you should plan this out well in advance.
Sometimes the companies arrange for a hotel meeting room, while others provide a vehicle to transport you. Regardless of who provides you with transportation, please remember to arrange your own accommodation beforehand.
If you have accepted the invitation to take a survey, the next step is to arrange your employment details with the company.
It is not uncommon for the survey companies to send you a confirmation of employment, so please contact them before the job application deadline. A typical payment structure for paid surveys is between forty and sixty Canadian dollars (U.S. dollars) per hour. Payment can be made in cash, by Cheque, through credit or debit card, or by PayPal.
It is important to keep accurate records of all job applications. These include personal information, educational information and work history.
If you are asked to submit a pay stub for the first time during the job interview process, it is recommended that you keep a copy handy.
Survey takers in Canada are often asked questions about their employment history, which is also another reason why it is important to document everything. Take note of dates when payments were made, amounts due and whether they have been sent or collected.
On average, it can take up to nine weeks to process an application from candidates who have applied to take a survey. You may receive offers on hand within days.
Visit the companies you have been invited to visit, but be sure to check their policies before accepting any offers. It is important to know what to expect once you arrive at the work site.
Most survey sites require potential survey takers to bring a photo ID, a resume and any payment reminders.
After you have found an opportunity that meets your qualifications and work schedule, you will need to make contacts with employers.
These contacts may come from previous job seekers who you would have met at one of the job fairs. These contacts will help you with the interview process.
The information you gather from previous job seekers can help you tailor your qualifications and skills to better meet the needs of employers.
Take full advantage of this information and network with every person you can to increase your chances of finding a great job.