Good jobs revolved around networking, cold calling, newspapers, and in-person visits. While those elements remain valuable today, the internet has made job hunting easy and convenient. Consequently, convenience has allowed scam job postings to blend in with legitimate job postings. Separate the legitimate from the scams by searching for these clues in the listing.
Grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors in sentences are the signs of a computer generated word spinner. Furthermore, most sentences read aloud don’t make sense, hurting the legitimacy. Therefore, posting word-spinning results straight from the program to a job-posting website is the sign of an amateur or scammer. Real, intelligent bosses hire writers who write, edit, and rewrite written job advertisements several times before posting to job sites.
Job postings requesting money during the application process or interview process are a huge red flag. Legitimate jobs hire candidates based on resume, connections, and the interview. The winning candidate works for the company and receives payment for their contribution. Never pay money to receive a job. It doesn’t increase chances of hire, but it does decrease the bank account.
No Experience Claims
It’s a dream come true to read a job posting hiring a candidate without experience. Sadly, job seekers must pass it up. Regardless of the experience asked – three months, six months, one year, two years, or five years – authentic job offers ask for experience. Experience separates qualified from unqualified candidates and reminds them one size doesn’t fit all.
Unprofessional Email Address
As candidates view contact information, an email address catches the eye. It doesn’t appear like email@example.com, but firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a red flag. All legitimate companies have a company email address with the company name behind the “at” symbol. Companies will communicate using company email addresses only. Gmail, AOL, Yahoo, and Hotmail are personal email addresses, not professional-sounding email addresses.
Wrong Interview Setting
In-person interviews and phone interviews are commonplace. Instant Messaging (IM), texting, and Skype are not. No boss will conduct interviews over the internet or through texting. Employers want a personal connection, and neither one can channel that.
Times are tough, and desperation impedes common sense. Channel common sense and research the job posting. Google the company, visit the website, read social media accounts, and read employee reviews. When everything feels comfortable on all questionable aspects, apply.