Job Search Stories I’m Watching by Mark Anthony Dyson
Whether you would want to emulate or avoid strategies in these job search and career stories, they’re worth tracking and watching developments as they happen. I’ve written about some recently, and others I am watching from different sources. There are no promises of how I’ll keep up with these angles, but they’re exciting, and you should know about them.
If you’re not familiar with the term “job fished” or “job fishing,” it is “catfished” but with jobs. Scammers will portray well-known brands to lure victims away from employment and solicit money from them or give private data from them. Many victims have left legitimate jobs to onboard these seemingly actual companies, see scams coming and stop pursuing them immediately.
A viral Tik-Tok video showed how a job seeker applied to a well-known name company, but it wasn’t the actual company. The site, run by scammers, tried to legitimatize the company by staging a LinkedIn page with employee pictures (not existing employees). The victim in the video initially saw signs the fake company wasn’t real, but it wasn’t until she received an invoice for work computers the scammers promised to reimburse her.
I’ve learned over the years that when the job market is overwhelmed with confusion and uncertainty, it exploits opportunities to scam vulnerable people. Last month, I wrote an article for Lensa about scammers using advertisements masquerading as actual companies to lead them to fake jobs and how to avoid them. I expect scams will trend upwards to play on the uncertainty of rising gas prices, hiring freezes, and widely implemented wage freezes. Just as easy as creating scams today, excluding false companies is, too.
I’ve advocated for years to research companies deeply, ask questions to and about the company and its employees, and if there is doubt, walk away. Scammers pretending to be employers have one goal to either get your money or private data.
I talked with Alex Levit three years ago about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) will affect business. In our discussion, we discussed how contract workers would forge forward with multiple contract full-time jobs. She said, “And yes, many will find it difficult to balance new business development with existing work and other obligations.” There are YouTube videos with people sharing how they managed to have two or more full-time jobs simultaneously.
To be clear, we’re not talking about two jobs to survive. Overemployed workers are tech or six-figure workers (many are tech) who make more than $250,000f yearly.
If you check #overemployment today, there are less than 100 videos exclusive sharing how they managed it. I like one of them because he’s transparent about his experience, thought process, and lifestyle while working two tech development jobs. While he was able to manage both jobs (each at 100K+ salary), he told us one of his employers caught him but didn’t make a big deal out of it.
Three things I learned about over employment after watching several videos:
Make sure you don’t intermingle computer and software usage between companies.
My suggestion (not mentioned in the video) is to obtain two IP addresses dedicated to each company. There will likely be a little pricey. It would make things a little easier for required uploads.
Some companies have a “moonlighting” clause. More companies will be more conscious in the future. Make sure you understand each company’s policies before engaging them.
Want to know more about the “over employment” movement? Go here.
Normalizing the boomerang employees
I wrote an article recently about boomerang employees and their successful move back to employers they left. While many quit during the height of “The Great Resignation” last year, some companies rehired them. Most companies move on from those leaving in the past, especially when it’s tough.
It’s also a reminder to employees to have options as they leave companies, and the best way to remain employed is to keep former employers close as an additional option for your job search. Please read the article. Let me know if these trends are recognized and resonate with you.