Job-hunting has never been fun. However, in this day and age, it has become less than exciting due to the amount of scams that are prevalent.
It is truly a scary and painful process. The stress of trying to find a job in this poor economy that matches your skill set and salary requirements is hard enough, but unsuspecting job hunters now have another battle to contend with, job scams and fake job offers! They may not all be looking to rob us of our money, but they are certainly robbing us of one commodity that cannot be replaced, which is time.
One of the known sites that scammers post on frequently is Craigslist. Craigslist is a great Internet source that publishes a variety of free classified advetisements for people who want to buy or sell a couch, repair a computer, hire contractors and of course post and/or review job postings. However, some of the postings are too perfect, especially the ones that are specifically geared toward marketing, customer service, earning extra cash fast and do it out of your home office type deals.
Truthfully, there are some job opportunities on the website that are legitimate. Therefore, one must conduct proper research to ensure the accuracy of the job posting. Be sure to do a check before sending materials such as a resume, letters of recommendation, cover letter and writing samples. These items are valued information; especially if it includes contact information. These items can be taken and used for web material or even worse, someone can be looking to gain a new identity.
Ensuring the validity of a job posting can be accomplished with a few tips. First and foremost, when searching for jobs under a desired field, locate some identifiable information such as a company name, website or an email address. If the only thing posted is a Craigslist E-mail (ex: job-3847290239@Craigslist.org), then it may not be wise to send identifiable information. If a company is really serious about finding the right candidate, they would provide a website so that a prospective employee can do proper research and determine if the position is a fit for them.
A few more tips to consider include the following:
Send a general inquiry first. This does not have to include a resume or other personal information. The general inquiry can serve as interest in the position. Also, one can request an email address that a resume and cover letter can be sent to. If it is legitimate, they may reply with an email address from a known company.
Search for the job with Google. Conduct a Google search “Admin Assistant Craig’s List” and see if it comes up in other cities with the exact same job post. If it does, then it is probably a fake opportunity. Be sure to search the company as well for accuracy.
Check the website address that is given. Does the website seem legitimate or does it just redirect to another site? If the link is similar to “sitename.com/submityouresume.asp”, check the main website by taking off the “submityourresume.asp” and search the “sitename.com”. If it is bogus, it will have nothing to do with the job offer or the company.
Never pay money for anything that is job-related. Keep finance-related information, which includes bank account information and social security number, private. Foreign scammers are known for requesting this information. You should never pay for ANY job in order to be hired.
Available jobs on the market are at a low, but scammers on the prowl are at an all time high. For those who post their resumes on job boards such as Monster, CareerBuilder, and Craigslist, beware of fraudulent companies.
They are seeking people who are desperate for a job and will present themselves as valid companies when ideally they are looking for weak-minded people. Be selective of the information that is sent online, and never stop conducting research. After all, why would you send your information to a company that is unwilling to supply theirs?