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Inflation and the ongoing dismal conditions of the market scene have harmed businesses. This leaves many individuals frantically looking for jobs to earn enough to get by. However, as people face a competitive labor market, many reports have sprung about job scams.
According to Rhonda Perkins, attorney and chief of staff at the Federal Trade Commission, the number of reported job scams increased by twofold last year compared to the year before. Over 16,000 reports of job fraud have been gathered as of the first quarter of 2022.
These tricks have proactively been existing, albeit the recurrence of individuals getting misled has expanded given the ongoing strong labor market conditions. Techniques for tricksters might differ; however, there are likewise ways of spotting if a job offer is a scam or not.
Here are a few methods:
The job offer is appealing, but it is only accompanied by a brief description of the position
Employers must make sure that their job postings are appealing to potential candidates. However, it would be beneficial if you exercise caution while responding to ads that promise to earn a lot of money quickly or in simple methods.
Sara Sutton, the CEO and founder of FlexJobs, said, “If a job ad is using too-good-to-be-true terms like: ‘quick money,’ or ‘unlimited earnings potential,’ or ‘laptop for free and has very few skill requirements … and a lot of caps and images to distract you, it just doesn’t come across professionally.”
Checking the website of the mentioned business is advised for confirmation.
When you ask for more information, they rarely – or never – respond
Interview candidates are frequently called by recruiters. Nevertheless, when on the call, you must exercise caution and attention.
“Pay attention to the questions they are asking you,” Sutton added. “If the recruiter is offering you a job very quickly without verifying your work experience or asking for references and moving very, very quickly — those are also red flags.”
It’s also a good idea to inquire about the job’s specifics, especially if the job description is ambiguous. Inquire about the job’s expectations, prerequisites, and required experience.
ZipRecruiter lead economist Sinem Buber said, “They will run from you when you start asking more questions.”
“If they start giving you inconsistent answers or not answering your questions properly, you know that’s not a real job,” he said further.
Your personal information is requested by a recruiter
It is critical to note that recruiters will request your information. However, it should only include your name, address, contact information, and work experience. Anything else should raise red flags.
“If they are asking you to provide personal information upfront during the interview stages, like your Social Security number for a background check … no legitimate company asks for a background check or Social Security number during the interview stage. That happens after you are hired,” Buber added.
FTC Chief of Staff Perkins added, “Look up the name of the company, the person who claims to be hiring you, plus the word ‘scam,’ ‘review,’ or ‘complaint’… and don’t trust reviews on the company’s website. Those could be fake.”
Researching the company’s history and background is strongly advised, Perkins continued.
The company requests payment from you
“Don’t pay for the promise of a job, don’t make an upfront payment to get a job — only scammers will ask you to do that,” Perkins explained.
Only remuneration is discussed when a company wants to recruit you—nothing else. Recruiters should be approached with caution if they demand payment for any services or training.
It is best to conduct research and pay attention to details when looking for work. It should save you trouble and time if you know how to tell who the real employers are.
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