Job-hunting can be stressful, but getting caught in a job scam can bring that stress to a whole new level. Stay alert and stay safe.
Most common job scams
Bogus job listing
The eager job-seeker applies, sharing their information, and even pays a small fee for an interview or resume submission. Unfortunately, the job doesn’t exist and they never hear from the “employer” again.
A rep from a hiring firm reaches out to a target, asking them to send funds to cover a job screening. While the job may exist, the “representative” is a scammer, and the money the victim shares goes directly into the scammer’s pocket.
A victim is targeted by email. The email offers a fantastic job, but asks for confidential information first. If the victim complies, they’ll be giving their personal information to a scammer.
How to spot a job scam
Here are some red flags to watch for when job-hunting:
- The emails the “company” sends are highly unprofessional
- There’s no street address for the company
- You’re asked to pay an upfront fee before you’re even hired
- You’re asked to share personal information before an official contract is signed
- When “hired,” you’re underworked and overpaid
Before applying to or accepting a job offer, do the research.
Ask for references, check out the company website, social media accounts, and more. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask the employer any questions you may have about the company or job. Happy job hunting!