This is your job search news – THE JOB SCAM EDITION –– with curated articles and resources providing tactics to avoid scams! I’ve read them, and you can feel free to comment on them in any form you’d like. Leave a message on the “send voicemail” button on your right. I’ll try to keep it short, fresh, and informative. If you have some news I need to know about, tweet me @MarkADyson!
There are a few references regarding job scams I hope to help you to avoid. The competition for jobs is on the rise since unemployment is a little more than four percent. Scams are also rising and more often than not, coming closer to making ads look more real than in the past.
How can older workers avoid scams
The most vulnerable workers to scams are older workers. A few years ago I had Bridget Weide Brooks on the show to talk about strategies older worker can use to avoid scams. You can listen to that episode here:
Advertised work-at-home-jobs are often used for bait
When you see easy jobs for extraordinary pay, consider it a red flag for a scam. Particularly look out for the pay to play aspect where you’re asked to invest in a software, system, or training to participate. When something seem too simple, or exclusive then you should look for additional answers other than testimonies.
This article by Susan P. Joyce is detailed in what kind of scams you should avoid.
Identify job scams quickly
FlexJobs published an article Monday with more scams to avoid. Some of the questions they recommend asking yourself are:
- Is the hiring company’s name listed in the job listing?
- Do you need to pay to get the job, buy supplies, or invest in the company?
- Does the job listing sound too good to be true?
Read the article in its entirety here for more questions to ask yourself. By the way, FlexJobs online membership is not a bad thing to invest to use. They carefully screen employers to ensure they are not scamming users. I used it for two years and not one incident of scamming occurred.
5 Work From Home Scams
Payscale published an article this week stating scams on the rise for those seeking remote positions. This is a useful guide to help you avoid five work from home scams.
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Articles will be published throughout the break.