When she relayed her story to me, I thought “Well, students should be given something to help them identify these scams.” So I went searching and found a list of 20 things job searchers should look for to indentify a scam, courtesy of author Talkabout on her job search blog on hubpages.com.
- It has a generic, over-used or vague job title. Admin Assistant or Customer Service Rep are popular ones.
- The jobs that indicate that "Telecommuting is Ok." This attracts many people and gives them more responses.
- They fail to list a specific location for the job - i.e. they list no location under the city or area that you are searching.
- They list a salary or hourly wage that seems too good to be true or too specific like $13.64 - $34.23 / hour.
- They list it as a government job.
- They post a job with a title that doesn't match the description.
- They use strange sentences or misspellings.
- A search for that job title in Google - example "Admin Assistant Craig's List" and comes up in many other cities with the exact same job post. Because Craig's List is free - they can easily post the same bogus job post in every city.
- If the description has a bunch of exclamation points and promises high income in one week.
- If the description boldly states "No Experience Necessary" but has a promise of high pay.
- There is no job contact information. A quality job post will tell you who to email or give you a valid company website.
- A link that is to a home business or multi level marketing opportunity website. This isn't a JOB - but a business venture. If you were looking for a home business opportunity you would have searched that category.
- A link that redirects you to another site.
- A link that takes you to a job membership site and asks you to register.
- A quick response to your email inquiry that tells you they have reviewed your resume when you didn't even send it.
- A quick response to your email inquiry that leads you to another website that promises you more job openings - like government jobs. Click after click - nothing but a time waster...
- A response to your email inquiry that asks you to sign up for a web- conferencing service so you can be part of a training call.
- A response to your email inquiry with a name and company that does not exist.
- A response to your email inquiry from someone in a foreign country looking to hire people in the United States to handle accounts payable or receivables.
- The same auto response to all of your emails. There isn't a real person at the other end of the email account.
Happy job searching,
Job Search Jenna '10