The recent economic crisis has been done with and the countries of the world have managed to phase themselves out of an economic abyss. What does this mean for a job seeker? It means that there are tons of jobs, and they’re all up for grabs. Companies, big and small, local, national and international have begun to throw open their doors to usher in new and fresh talent. This sudden surge in employment activity is seeing a lot of emerging and established ‘recruiters’ in the industry, some with reliable reputations and others with dubious ones. Also, the popularity of job portals makes it so much easier for scammers to get through to job seekers. So, do you think you can land that perfect job without being conned? Do you have it in you to get through to the right company, ‘your kind of company’? Or are you terrified of getting duped into paying copious sums of money to an individual or an organization that may be pulling a fast one on you? What do you do, how do you spot that concealed scam? Here’s how, read this article to gain awareness on how to avoid job-search scams, be wary and hunt for these telltale signs to avoid being conned.
Avoiding Job Search Scams
- The first thing to look out for is the email address of the sender. Be prudent, do not overlook the email id of the sender. If the email id of the sender ends with a gmail.com, a hotmail.com, or a yahoo.com, it means that you’ve got to be on your guard. An employee or the CEO of a company looking out to recruit talent will almost always send a mail from his or her official id, the one that ends with the name of the company. However, if you still think that the sender of the mail deserves a chance, before you do reply, carry out a Google search on the entire email id, and see what shows up. This will help you verify the identity of the sender.
- Most scammers always ask for a certain amount of money when sending out job mails, that’s just how they function. They may claim that the money to be sent by you is for the clearance of official formalities. See the red, read between the lines. A legitimate company almost always will not ask you to pay money to join, or show up for an interview. So, if the sender of the job mail asks you to cough up money, write off the offer, it’s probably not a valid one.
- Do your research, you don’t want to get duped, learn to make informed decisions. Look for a phone number if the communication is via mails, and if it’s via the phone ask for contact numbers and the numbers of people who play important roles in the company. Remember, a cheat when caught off guard will get extremely defensive and may not be willing to divulge too many facts.
- When trying to avoid a job search fraud, this is what you should be most wary of – Information. Do not let go off important information that can help the scammer get to your money. It is a very foolish thing to do indeed. Any information that you’re not comfortable parting with, simply shouldn’t be given away. However, some recruiters may ask you for information that you may not want to disclose, to reduce complications and if you’re sure that the recruitment offer is a reliable one, get vocal about it. Ask your recruiter to give you reasons for the purpose of the information to be disclosed, and if you are satisfied with the justification, go ahead and give your recruiter the facts he or she needs, to help you bag your dream job.