Too Good To Be True? 4 Signs Of A Job Posting Scam

how to identify a job posting scamBy Tony Morrison

If you've been unemployed in the past decade, you've probably surfed, scanned or studied a job board at one point. Job boards, the current generation of classified ads, are an open forum for employers to broadcast openings at their company.

Job boards such as Monster, Indeed, Craigslist and CareerBuilder are incredibly popular among job seekers, employers and, unfortunately, scammers.

Being a job seeker puts you in a vulnerable spot. No matter how much you may want the job, investigate the job posting and company before you apply. You must seriously consider the information that the application is requesting of you. How can you protect yourself from scams and job postings that are simply too good to be true?

Check out these four signs that you should look out for when considering applying to a job posting:

1. No details

If a job posting says nothing about the job itself, you might have a job posting scam on your hands. These types of job postings are known for broadcasting high salaries and convenience without listing any responsibilities or qualifications.

2. Asks for a lot of info

It's not uncommon for job applications to require personal information, writing samples or anything else that a company might need in order to consider you for a position. However, if you feel uncomfortable answering any question, go with your gut and don't give away the information. If this posting is legitimate, a hiring manager will follow up with you.

3. Requires investment

This is a big one: If a job posting requires a fee or any kind of investment in order to work, you need to be on high alert. Job board scams and pyramid schemes take a large chunk of change from unsuspecting people every year.

4. Negative or no Google results

When in doubt, try Google. Search the company name, any recent news, or the position itself. What are other people saying about it? If you can't find a company website, nothing at all, or all you see is negative chatter, spare yourself the hassle and move on.

What do you think? What other red flags are out there for bad job postings? Have you ever fell victim to a job board scam?

Tony Morrison is the Vice President at Cachinko, a unique professional community where social networking and job opportunities come together. His roles include sales, marketing, and business development. He is passionate about building B2B and B2C client relationships and brings this passion to Cachinko where he focuses on helping job seekers to find their ideal job and employers to find, attract and engage their next rock star candidates. Find him on Twitter and/or connect with Cachinko on Facebook or Twitter.

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Another one for #4 - Make sure that the business physically exists. On the company website you should be able to find the address on the Contact page. If you can't find it that's a Red Flag. Sometimes they'll list the address. In that case if you're completely serious about applying go out and try to find their place of business. You can even hand your resume in while you're there.

I spent a good part of the summer looking for companies for a career change. About half of them used phony addresses for their office or had closed down.

July 31 2012 at 6:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matthew Joseph Pasqu

you should also as that If the Main website landing page is geared towards recruiting and not the main product /service that its supposedly selling, its probably a scam

April 19 2012 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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