Thanks to the Internet, people can now search for open job positions without needing to leave their homes. But because web-based job portals require limited information from employers posting jobs, with some even allowing complete anonymity, it has also served as a spawning ground for scam artists and con men who prey on the desperate, unemployed part of society. If you’re a first-time online applicant, here are 3 tips to spot scam job postings.
This should raise a red flag for online applicants, especially if the job position is well-compensated for and at high demand. Even if you’re fresh out of college, you are going to need some type of field experience if you have any shot of landing an entry-level position. Be cautious of job postings that waive this particular requirement. You’ll find some postings to indeed offer a job position but with a fee for “training”.
Scam artists will post ridiculous salaries that seem too good to be true, and that’s because they usually are. It’s
a common technique to lure in desperate job seekers and even those with existing work who then decide to resign for the promised higher pay.
Before you get all excited when an employer replies to your online application, see if they make you pay for any expense that doesn’t seem to make sense. If a company is offering you a job position but they require you to pay them first, this is an outright scam and you should be running the other way.
Although scams are omnipresent in the virtual job marketplace, this shouldn’t discourage you from seeking employment through multiple job sites. Instead, use these 3 tips to be a more intelligent job seeker and spot scam postings from afar.