When times are bad, there is seem to be an increase of get-rich-quick schemes floating around. When you look up online the various jobs that are available for job seekers, you will definitely find yourself seeing all sorts of job offers.
However, there are job offers out there that aren’t what they seem and take more than what they offer. When unemployment is on the rise and jobs are scarce, people may be desperate and missed out scams that targetted at them.
Here are the 10 job scam warning signs that you should look out for:
1. Jobs that say you don’t need experience
If you are just starting, job offers for entry-level jobs will definitely ask you if you have at least some experience about the job you are trying to apply for. If you find a job offer that says “no experience necessary”, you should definitely think twice.
Sure, there are jobs that doesn’t require experience and that are usually internships. However, if you see ads that promise huge salary with zero experience, you may just walk into a scam.
2. Questionable job description and requirements
Some scammers often try to appeal to job seekers by putting questionable job requirements and descriptions to get people’s attention.
A real job offer will detail what exactly is the job being offered, how much experience should the applicant have and how much is the expected fees.
Sometimes, a flowery job advertisement may look like a sales ad, these are likely clickbaits for you to find out more about “the job” when in fact, they are looking to generate online traffic to their website.
3. Asks for fees or online bank transfers
No jobs should ever ask you to pay upfront on anything.
Job offers don’t require you to pay for anything or even transfer money to the employer so that you can get “training” and all the other things you need for the job. If they do ask, run away from that offer.
4. Job listing typos
One great sign that the job isn’t real is when you notice bad grammar and other typos in the job listing. If you see a lot of them in the offer, it’s definitely a fake.
5. Calls during after-hours
If the employer tells you that they will call you during after-hours like after 10 pm or before 6 am and you can’t reschedule, don’t agree to it.
Even if you will be working remotely, employers will definitely consider your time zone to sort out your interview schedule.
6. Offers you didn’t ask for
Don’t immediately accept any job offers that you didn’t apply for but somehow landed in your email.
Check their details first and find out how they know your details before you even consider their offer.
7. Multiple job openings
While looking around job search sites and seeing duplicate job openings from the same company, it is possible that the company is not real. It is possible they are using multiple job openings to trick people into signing up for them.
8. No company details available
If you get an email with a job offer, always check if they have a website, company address or telephone number. If it doesn’t have one, it’s definitely a scam.
Some will try to make excuses as well to use personal email addresses because their servers are down but this should not be possible if they are a legitimate company.
9. Can’t be found in search results
Before you accept an interview offer, always check if the company is legit. If it is legit, you will find their details immediately in any search engine. If you can’t find it at all, it’s a big sign you are not dealing with a real company.
Some of the job search platforms like Glassdoor and LinkedIn will help you in your checks.
10. Instant Hiring
Even if you know that you can do the job, you are not perfect. If an employer (someone unknown) says they will hire you without even doing an interview, it’s not a job worth working for.
If you are looking for a job, always make it a point to research first. Even if the job offer sounds too good to be true, it is possible that it isn’t what you are expecting once you sign up for them. When you do your research, you will be able to avoid any job scams waiting in the wings and find the ones that will really help you out.
If something is too good to be true, it probably only exist in dreams.
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