With the unemployment rate still at a high number, many people are jumping at any opportunity to get a job. The problem is that there are people out there taking advantage of this with various scams.
If you are looking for a job, then it is important you understand how you can keep from being a victim of a job scam.
1. Do Your Homework
The first thing you should do is research the company. You should look at the website for the company to make sure it matches the job description. If they do not match, then this could be a scam. If this information is not provided, you should Google the company. This will help you to learn about the company and will tell you if other people have reported the company as fraudulent. You may also find it helpful to look up the company’s name with the word “scam” to see what results come up. It is also a good idea to keep up with career scam lists so you will not become a victim.
2. Review the Job Details
Look at the job description to see if it makes sense with the pay they are offering. This means often times, if a job seems too good to be true, it is. You also want to understand how the pay works. Companies that say you can make money without giving you the hourly or salary amounts tend to be scams. Get-rich-quick schemes may seem like an easy and fast way to get money, but the truth of the matter is they do not work. You will waste valuable time and resources that could go to finding a legitimate job.
3. Be Careful Where You Look
Another thing many people assume is any ad for a job is legitimate. Even when you are on a reputable site, you may see ads for jobs that could be scams. Do not just assume a job is legit simply because it is on a certain site. However, sites that are not job related – such as classified sites or forums – tend to have a higher rate of scams than sites that are specifically intended to help people find jobs.
You should also be wary of random emails that come to you about job opportunities. Many people assume this is what happens when you apply for jobs, but unless it is from a company you have previously contacted, chances are it is a scam.
4. Never Pay
You should never have to pay to apply or get a job. Companies that want you to do this are a scam. Even if the job is assembling jewelry, you should not have to pay for the parts. Legitimate companies will provide you with the tools for your job and will not require you to pay. If you see something that tells you to fork over some cash, then you want to click out right away.
5. Always Trust Your Instincts
Getting a job is important, but you should always trust your gut. If you feel that something may be off about a job posting, then do not apply.
Many companies will ask for information that can be used to steal your identity or worse, which is why you want to be careful about what you put out there. This will help you to get a job without becoming a victim of a scam.
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Guest author Richard Adams worked in HR for a number of years. Over the years, he has witness the job market become more dependent on the internet. As a result, online scams are popping up all over the place. Richard recently came on board with eConsumerServices to identify online scams in the job market.
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