Tips for finding mystery shopper jobs include signing up for a position directly with a market research firm or mystery shopper organization, such as SecretShopper.com, and checking to see if the company has certification from the Mystery Shopping Providers Association, as of 2015. Job seekers should also be wary of posts on classifieds sites for scams by checking the names and requirements of each position.
Mystery shopper jobs allow applicants to make purchases at different retail locations and then provide feedback on their experiences to help the companies improve stores and policies. Job seekers looking for these types of positions should focus on marketing firms that specialize in that type of research to ensure the validity of the roles. Many companies feature application forms for the positions directly on their websites. This allows an applicant to communicate directly with a hiring manager and ensure the company is legitimate before submitting any personal information.
SecretShopper.com also offers positions in the field and includes an online application form for shopper positions that features methods to protect the personal information of applicants. Job seekers should avoid ads for mystery shopper positions that appear on classifieds sites, as they may be scams to collect personal information or money. These posts typically claim to be affiliated with major retailers, only with modified names, and may require shoppers to send money as reimbursement for the funds, which is not how the programs typically work.