Avoiding Job Search Scams

By George Bernnocco, CPRW

Having computer skills is a requirement in today’s job market. Not only are employers asking for this fundamental skill, but it’s needed just to find these important employment opportunities. When I ask anybody I meet with about the websites they use to look for work, the most common websites come up. They include: Indeed.com, CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com, and SnagAJob.com. The bad economy has created more and more people heading to the internet to look for work. Due to the nature of people sending out their resumes with all their contact information, this makes it ideal for all sorts of marketers and scammers to come out of the woodwork. So when searching for employment, it’s important to maintain your privacy by following these helpful tips.

1. Just because the website might have JOB in its title, does not necessarily mean it is a job search site. I’ve seen plenty of job seekers type in the job they want into any search engine, and a job posting comes up on a “suspicious” website that has a job posting for a well-known company. If you are applying for an opportunity for most renowned organizations, your best bet is to apply through their company website. Otherwise, contact them directly with questions on how to apply.

2. Craigslist.org is an anonymous classifieds website. Sending your resume to a posting stating they are looking for a position is a dangerous game to play. We live in a digital age where scammers are trying to steal the identity of anyone willing to give their information. You should always take precautions when applying to these job advertisements, and probably try to avoid them.

3. Legitimate job search sites are businesses. A lot of them are paid by advertisement companies to advertise a third party product to job seekers. Be aware if you are using a website which is constantly redirecting you somewhere else, such as a college. There is someone paid to design these websites to make the job application process confusing. So when you think you are applying for Job A, you might have just applied for a credit card. Be aware of the switch from job application to something else.

4. Always be cautious of where you post your resume. Too many times I’ve heard job seekers say they were contacted for irrelevant job opportunities, or even scams. If you post your resume to a job search site, there always should be an option of who can view it. It’s a delicate balance of making sure your resume is out there for enough relevant employers, and protecting your privacy. Most job search sites have the option “preferred method of contact” you can select. If you are being hounded by faux job opportunities over the phone, you should select a preferred method of contact as e-mail and set up an e-mail specifically for this site. If the job search website does not verify its employers, it could leave the door open for scams and irrelevant job opportunities.

5. There are people paid to recruit you to work from home or a commission based job. These people prowl the internet for anyone who they can recruit to work for them. If your contact information is out there, they will contact you with a “job opportunity” and want to interview you. This is all just to hide the fact that the job is based almost entirely on commission, or might just require you to buy something such as a “start-up kit” to work for them. Proceed with caution for these job opportunities, and always ask questions when someone contacts you for an interview.

The job search process can be frustrating. Knowing how to navigate the internet and avoid scams is crucial to obtaining employment. Be aware of what you post on the internet, do your research on companies and always ask questions before giving out your information.


About georgebernocco

George Bernocco is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and job services specialist who is proficient in career development and social networking to obtain employment.

5 thoughts on “Avoiding Job Search Scams

    • Thanks for sharing this, @CBSiteSecurity – lots of good information on the all too common phishing scams. Job seekers (and anyone on the web) should always look out for the 3 signs to ensure a page is security before entering in any personal information.


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