How to avoid scam job postings
Job scams are on the rise. Don’t expect to get paid if you fall for one of these scams
You’re browsing for jobs online and you land on a job description that sounds like the perfect role for you. But something about it sounds too good to be true... Job scams are unfortunately on the rise in today’s market and if you’re looking for a job you need to be on high alert to avoid job hoaxes. We have put together a handy guide to help you stay informed and stay far away from fraudulent job listings.
The first sign that a job might be a scam is if it sounds like it is too good to be true. The potential employee says you don’t need to have great experience or perform any of their other requirements, and they still want to pay you a lot of money, approach with caution! Reject job postings or emails that state that no experience or expertise is required for the position.
Do your research. Look into the company’s website and gather as much information as you can. If the hiring manager’s name is on the job listing or you were contacted directly by a recruiter, you should do some research on them as well and other people that work for the company.
Employer review sites such as Glassdoor are a great resource for finding out information about a company. They’re great because you will get an insight into what it is like to work for the actual company. But word of warning you should take these reviews with a grain of salt because some may be written by ex/scorned employees who may have a grudge against the company.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You should trust your own gut. If something is making you feel uneasy, you should speak up and ask about it.
Be wary of anyone that asks for money
Watch out for recruiters who ask for money upfront in return for finding you a job. Legitimate recruiters do not get paid by the candidate they get paid by the employers for whom they place candidates for. The scammers that are asking you for money will probably send you a list of jobs that you could’ve easily found on job search engines yourself anyway.
Be wary of employers who provide vague details
If a potential employer can only provide you with vague details in their emails and job postings it’s not a great sign. You should request more information about the services they provide. Ask questions.
Carefully examine emails
You may get emails from legitimate companies but then have general email website. For example, you get an email from “Nestle” and you get an email from email@example.com instead of firstname.lastname@example.org they should not be trusted. You should also examine the links in the email to make sure they’re linking to the legitimate website.
Separating the frauds from the legitimate opportunities can be difficult. Think twice before responding to job posts or emails that are offering easy money. Always verify before you trust. And use our tips on identifying and avoiding a scam.
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