Occasionally we see jobs opportunities being advertised on different platforms by organizations or individuals. Numerous times we have heard applicants talk about sending their CV’s across to many companies and do not receive any feedback. Others tell on how they got sucked in to a scam.
Although some seem as genuine advertisements, sadly, the intention is done for many reasons such as market research, assessing the market, keeping the CV’s for future reference, grab your personal details, enlarge their mailing list and at times only to demonstrate equal employment opportunity. (Means they already have the candidate but still have to go through the process).
The ones that are alarming are the ones which make people, desperate for a job, fall in traps of scammers. Remember that “If it is too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true”.
It is important to differentiate legitimate job opportunities from fake ones. There are many scams as real job opening online and it can be really difficult to tell the difference between what is real and what’s a scam, there are still some clear indicators that these job openings are there for their own benefits, here are some of the ones to look out for:
- Advertising on social media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook groups with a personal email like; @hotmail,com @gmail,com @yahoo.com. Such emails are not company emails and are most likely used for their own benefits; “Sales, CRM, selling data, crime, fraud etc.”
- Asking for money in advance to secure a job for you, or before the interview, pay for a start-up kit, or background check, or asking for any confidential information.
- You are offered a job without an interview, discussion or anything
- You never applied for the job, they contacted you instead.
- The pay is too high, much higher than the typical rate.
- Spelling mistakes, punctuation etc.
- Search results don’t add up.
- Be skeptical of easy money schemes, like work at home job market and double your salary.
- Look-out for scammers who try to make you invest in the stock market. They start you with small money and then they lure you to make large investments.
Tips to avoid falling for such scams,
- Ensure to do a proper research on the company, Check if the same opening is advertised on their website, or if they even have a website. The company may not have an online presence or the email does not match with the company.
- Pay attention to the email address and not just the name listed in the email. At times you can see an email from google, but when you actually check the address; it might be [email protected] which is, of course, not a legitimate email.
- Follow your gut feeling; If your gut feeling says scam, investigate it thoroughly. If it is a scam, report it to the social media it is on.
- If you are posting your resume anonymously, avoid including your home address, phone number or date of birth on resumes that you post publicly, in case identity thieves abuse the information available to create fake credit cards or take out loans.
- Never provide personal and financial information on the phone, email or over the internet.
- Work with reputable head hunters.
Once you land a job, ensure that the employer provides you with a working visa, as not only because it is illegal to work on a visit visa, but because such companies tend to use you and your visa. Remember that if you don’t have a visa, you have no entitlements. Recently, we have met a lot of people in such conditions.
Respectable companies will not even allow an employee to commence work prior to having all his legal documents and insurance in place. If this is your condition, you are most likely being used.