The jobs are advertised everywhere: Google Rater Needed or Google Quality Raters. The two main companies advertising for these jobs are Lionbridge and Leapforce. But are they legitimate?
Let’s take a closer look at what these jobs are. At Lionbridge, the position is called an Internet Assessor. According to their website, “This role involves evaluating results of a web search, for appropriateness to search query input”. It also states that there are over 4,500 Internet Assessors worldwide.
Candidates need to be familiar with browsing the internet, be able to read and write fluent English, and have high-speed access to internet. It’s not a full time job. They recommend 10-20 hours per week. You have to pass an exam in order to be accepted. The exam consists of two sections: Section 1 has 24 theory questions and Section 2 consists of 150 practical questions.
Founded in 1996, Lionbridge is a publicly traded corporation (NASDAQ: LIOX) with revenue of $405 million (2010). Lionbridge is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts and operates Solution Centers in 26 countries.
At Leapforce, the position is called a Search Engine Evaluator. The description at their website states, “This is an opportunity to evaluate and improve search engine results for one of the world’s largest internet search engine companies.” They are only hiring in the US at this time.
Applicants must be self motivated and internet savvy. This is an opportunity to evaluate and improve search engine results for one of the world’s largest internet search engine companies.
Search Engine Evaluators will need to combine a passion for analysis with an understanding of various online research tools. Applicants must be detail oriented and have a broad range of interests. It’s not clear at the website if there is a minimum/maximum number of hours each week. Applicants must pass a two-part exam similar to the one used by Lionbridge.
Leapforce was incorporated in 2008 and was founded by a group of veteran search engine evaluators and engineers in Pleasanton, California.
So, there you have some factual information on the two main companies hiring for Internet Assessors (Google Raters) and Search Engine Evaluators.