There is no reason to pay for access to mystery shopper job listings, and that is the idea behind Jobslinger.com. Jobslinger is sponsored and maintained by SurfMerchants, the folks who bring you SASSIE. John Hsu of SurfMerchants (pictured here) is the diabolical genius behind Jobslinger, and partners in Jobslinger include the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA), Volition, SASSIE and Demozilla. John and his team gave a presentation demonstrating the awesome power of this new mystery shopper job board at the MSPA Shopper Educational Conference last month. Here is what you need to know about putting Jobslinger to work for you.
The first step is to set up an account (for free, of course). Then you can start searching for mystery shops.
One of the features I like a lot is MyTarget. It allows me to specify what kinds of assignments I want: location, class (mystery shops, demos, exit interviews, etc.), category (banks, casual dining, etc.), and even a minimum pay rate, as well as other options. Now, when I log in, all I have to do is click on MyTarget and I am instantly shown all of the current postings matching the criteria I have selected. How cool is that?
Of course, you can also perform searches through the Quick Job Search (just plug in a zip code) or Advanced Search, where you can specify several criteria for the search.
Assignments are gathered from job boards at MSPA, Voltion, Demozilla and SASSIE, so there are lots of great jobs available. And, unlike some job boards, the jobs are fresh and unfilled. That is because all of the listings on Jobslinger are authorized by the schedulers who will assign the jobs. Some of the job boards out there (we won’t name names here) “scrape” listings off mystery shopping sites without permission. Bad karma for them, and wasted time for you, as the listings are usually not kept current.
In doing a search today, I found some interesting assignments offered by companies for which I had not registered. That inspired me to sign up with those companies. Not only will I be eligible for the jobs they currently have posted, being in their data bases means that I will receive notices of future shops. And I already know they have assignments in my area.
For those of you who do routes (where you set up a batch of shops to be completed in one trip), or if you like to do shops while you are traveling, Jobslinger makes it easy to locate shops in places outside of the small area right around where you live. Just plug in the zip codes or cities where you want to find assignments.
Give Jobslinger a try and see how it can help you get more mystery shopping jobs.
Cathy Stucker is the author of The Mystery Shopper’s Manual.