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With the popularity of finding jobs via the Internet, with that also comes increased exposure to job scams. Even the cautious jobseeker is bound to cross paths with a job posting that is too good to be true. There’s no need to feel silly, it can happen to the best of us! Read on to learn some tips on how to avoid getting caught up in a job scam. 

As tricky as it may sound, staying away from a potential job scam can be prevented by following some guidelines and tips. First, it’s wildly inappropriate if a job posting asks for an applicant to provide financial and personal information. That step usually comes after the employer reaches out and there’s an interview conducted and a job is offered. If a job recruiter asks you for money up front with the promise for job leads, that’s another red flag. A true recruiter is never paid by a jobseeker, but by the employer who hires the candidate. If there’s a job posting that states little to no information on the position but guarantees the applicant a job, that is also something to be wary of. Most jobs will require some sort of qualification, skill, or background in order to hire a new employee. If you do come across a posting such as this, you can request more information to clarify what the position is that they’re offering; should they respond, it’s always advised to have a trusted contact look it over to see if it seems legitimate. Another telltale sign of a scam or fake posting is when the contact information utilizes an email or website that doesn’t mention the name of the company or seems inherently unprofessional in nature. The lack of a professional presence should signal to the jobseeker that this job offer or company is not what it appears to be. 

Hopefully after reading over the above mentioned tips you’ll know the signs and be able to steer clear of job scams in the future! If you want to learn more about the different warning signs of a job scam, check out this helpful resource I found. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next time, I hope you continue to stay healthy and safe. See you in October!   

 

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