This article will enlighten you about how to know fake job advertisement when you see one, plus other precautions you ought to know in order to find work online safely. The use of internet technology or ICT has made the process of job search become easier. Compared to the old way of printing the resume and sending them to various companies via mail, now, the applicants can just upload the Word or a PDF copy of the resume on the company website.
However, like every advancement in technological inventions, the internet also has its negative aspect related to it. People are now getting scammed by fake job opportunities. If you are looking for work online, then it’s advisable you understand a few helpful tips. But first what’s really is a fake job opportunity or advertisement?
A fake job opportunity or job scam is a job that is not genuine or that does not exist in the real world. In other words, it is an imitation or replica of a real job, a counterfeit. It’s made to look real in order to mislead or deceive job seekers. In a nutshell, it’s a sham.
Unfortunately, individuals who carry out fake jobs and job scam will go to the mile to make these jobs look real. The reason is simple. The more genuine a fake job appears, the higher the chances of defrauding or scamming the intended target; most times job seekers including people searching for better jobs.
Now that we have explained what fake job opportunities are, let’s proceed to look at ways to recognize fake jobs or scam jobs.
Here are some tip-offs to help you pinpoint fake jobs and avoid job scams.
Think before dealing with money
Anybody can be at risk, in the process of searching for a Job. Many job seekers may have gone through a lot of refusals and desperate for work. Under such condition, if they meet an individual who is asking money in return for a guaranteed job, there are more chances that they will be persuaded to give money. Applicants should understand that no placement agency will ever demand money from a job seeker for providing a job. They get payment from the employers.
If your “Gut” Says It’s a Scam
When you go for an interview, try to observe the office environment. If there is something strange or weird about the place. It could also be that the workplace is not clean, then think before deciding. Sometimes, even if your interview is outstanding, there is something which tells you not to go ahead. Follow your intuition.
Stay away from very attractive Bogus offers or too good to be true
If something sounds so attractive or bogus, there is more to it. Carry out in-depth research or make an inquiry about them. You can begin by googling the company and its locations. You can even run a search for the job scam by the name of the company if possible. Often times tempting job offers are risky.
Do your research
Before going for an interview, do thorough findings. If it’s a genuine company, you should be able to get information relating to the company by running an online search. Although, finding information does not really guarantee that the company is legitimate and authentic, but if you cannot find any information about them, you can bet it’s a job scam. Often times, their email appears very unprofessional; and sometimes too, there is no signature on it.
Some very smart and sophisticated scammers even pose as to represent real companies. One of our readers reported that he received a job offer from ‘Proctor and Gambel’, whereas the real company is named ‘Procter & Gamble.
So always try to contact the real establishment or company and ask whether their employees exist, that’s how I know if the job was a scam.
Don’t provide your private information
Some dodgy dishonest individuals or scammers may request for your private information, maybe your birthdate, social insurance number, your marital status, credit card number etc. Some others may want you to go to a website and provide confidential details so they can “register you on the company insurance.” Taking into account these few tips while applying for online jobs will help reduce much of headaches later. You should know that if something does not seem right, then it is not. trust your intuition!