Getting a job offer deserves a round of congratulations! You worked hard to get here, and now your work is paying off!
Unfortunately, not all job offers are fully legitimate. In a world where every company can craft an authentic-looking website and social media profile, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to judge what’s real and what isn’t. If you’ve ever been contacted by a job scam, you know just how frustrating it is - not to mention a waste of your time!
Though it might be impossible to completely avoid all job scams, it certainly is possible to learn how to spot most of them and to know how to respond to them after contact is made. Follow along with our experts as they relay the details on avoiding scam jobs - so you can maximize your compensation and happiness with the expectations of your position.
Spotting a Phony
Although it’s always nice to find a short application, this can also be a symbol that the job isn’t as legitimate as it may seem. Of course, just because a position has a short application does not automatically mean it’s a scam. However, if the application requires nothing more than your resume without any additional questions, be wary.
Sara, a Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., points out that another red flag comes in the questions the company asks. “Consider the application process - are they looking for information you would normally supply on an application or resume, or are they looking for information that is out of the ordinary for a job application such as your social security number?”Ref Link 1 If a relatively small company you’ve never heard of is asking for your social security number, you might think twice before giving it.
It’s also a good idea to research every single company before you apply to them. This might seem like it takes up a significant amount of extra time, but applying to a job scam wastes your time, and spotting those scams before applying can only make your life easier down the road.
Working with Recruiters
Lori, a Hiring Expert at Cigna reports that “Unfortunately, it seems that phone scams are prevalent everywhere nowadays.” Rather than establishing a preventative voicemail asking recruiters to contact you via email, “I would recommend writing down any numbers that have been a scam and setting them up to be blocked on your phone. Also, when applying for roles, you can remove your phone number from your resume and request to be contacted via email instead.”Ref Link 2 These tactics might prevent a non-serious recruiter from reaching out, but will still allow you to be contacted by anyone who is serious.
Keep Your Head Up
Although it can be discouraging or frustrating to be contacted with fake job offers, it’s important to move past them. Lori says it best: “Scams can get frustrating when you are on the job hunt because you want to make good use of your time. Stay patient and remember that there are real employers out there who will be worth connecting with.”
Even if you’ve been contacted by a job that wasn’t what you initially thought it would be, it’s important to keep your head up and keep applying to other places. Eventually, you’re going to get a ‘yes,’ and when you do, the job hunt will have been worth it.