We live in a world where unfortunately, the first people to take advantage of any system that works are the scammers. When a new type of marketing or communication comes out, scammers try and figure out how to use it to their advantage. Looking for a job is hard enough and doesn’t have to be even harder by putting up with all of these scams so I put together a list of a few pointers to help you navigate around the scams.
If it Looks too Good to be True, it is
Nobody is going to pay you $100/hour with no experience. You know your skills and you should know what you are worth per hour. If the job is offering a number way out of your range, you probably want to stay far away from it.
Never Pay for a Job
Some job posts require you to pay to either apply for the job or be given many earning opportunities. If it’s a real job, they should be paying you, not the other way around.
You Don’t Make Money in your Sleep
You have to work for your money. If someone gives you the opportunity to make money while you sleep or for doing something that takes very little effort, you should beware. Definitely don’t deposit any money in an offshore account. The Prince in Nigeria won’t solve all of your financial problems and give you millions of dollars for using your bank account.
Don’t Work from Home
Well, you could work from home and even be really productive but any legit job will not use that as a selling point or headline. Many companies are now offering flexible work weeks and the ability to work from home but they are not looking to hire people that will only work from home. Even freelance jobs like writing and graphic design which are meant to be strictly work from home are never advertised with “Work from Home” in the job title.
As a job hunter, you are likely on a few job email lists where you are sent job alerts or information about jobs and opportunities. Make sure you know which alerts and newsletter you are signed up for and if you get an email about a job from anywhere else (that you don’t recognize) send it straight to the spam folder. Don’t bother trying to unsubscribe because that will just verify that you have an active email account and will trigger more spam.
In any case, spam job emails are usually pretty easy to spot. They are not addressed to you, they sometimes have bad grammar, ask for your information and usually seem too good to be true.
Do you have any more pointers for the job hunter to avoid scams? Leave them in the comments.