Looking for a job can be a daunting task especially when you are pressed by bills and responsibilities. There are several channels available to use when searching a job. The most popular of these channels is online job advertisements. Newspaper ads and shopping centers job advertisement boards are another channel to exploit when looking for a job. Although there are legitimate job advertisement websites available, there are also many scams around that you need to be aware of and remain cautious. How to avoid job scams then becomes a legitimate question that demands answers.
There five major types of job scams available
1. Fake emails purportedly from a potential employer
In the process of searching for a job, the chances are that you filled your email address on a recruiting website. Scammers if they get your email address will send you an email claiming that you have the perfect qualifications and industry experience for the job. This email will not originate from the real website of the organization but a combination of the organization and public domain email services, e.g.,- firstname.lastname@example.org as opposed to email@example.com
2. Fake jobs on social media
Social media channels have become the latest online job scams. Fake job advertisement pages or fake jobs advertised on genuine pages. Scammers can also create a fake LinkedIn profile will fake qualifications with the intention to lure clueless visitors to their page.
3. Fake jobs apparently from a legit organization
It is corporate identity theft where the scammer uses the identity and profile to advertise a fake job or jobs. The legitimate organization has nothing to do with this job advertisement and in most cases is unaware of the advertisement.
4. Fake jobs on job advertisement boards
Not all jobs advertised on legitimate boards are genuine. Because of the huge traffic to these boards, scammers use them to post and advertise fake jobs.
5. Fake jobs on fake job advertisement boards
It is the oldest and most popular job scam around. And the internet is full of this kind of sites. The scammers use top dollar to acquire higher search engine rankings with the intention of increasing traffic to these sites.
All these scams have the singular intention of luring you to share your personal details including credit card details, contact details, and residential particulars. It is true that job scams generate information to facilitate other scams.
How can you practically avoid job scams? The following tips will help.
1. Take time to contact to verify with the legitimate organization to the authenticity of a job advertisement. A genuine website or contact details can be found on the packaging material of any of their products.
2. Search and apply for jobs on the genuine organization’s website. All organization has a career page on their website where they post all their job advertisements.
3. Identify a fake website and content. Legitimate websites have very clear color combination and use the correct grammar very consistent information on all the pages and links on the website. Fake websites have blurry photos, very few pages or links and very inconsistent or redundant information.
4. It will pay to trust your gut feelings and is very wise to obey it. Listen to yourself and follow your instincts. It does not hurt to be vigilant.
5. Never share your personal details online with any organization. Legitimate employers will ask you to provide your personal details well after an interview and employment letter has been offered. In fact, personal details are normally filled on the first day of work or a few days before commencement of work or during the induction process.
6. Consult your friends, workmates or family. Post a question on a social network channel asking any independent information about a potential employer, job advertisement or advertisement boards.