9 Characteristics Common to Job Search Scams
Job search scams have some common characteristics.
You will find these scams in e-mail sent to you by people you don't know. You'll also find these jobs posted on legitimate Websites, like Craigslist, and also on well-known job sites.
9 Common Characteristics of Job Scams
- Few job requirements - no particular skills, experience, or education are needed.
- Job described is so simple that anyone could do it, or there is no description of the job - only a sales pitch.
- Little of your time and not much effort are needed.
- You are supposedly paid a substantial amount for performing few "duties."
- The only contact information provided for your application is not associated with the alleged employer. Contact is only via e-mail to an address at yahoo.com, hotmail.com, msn.com, gmail.com or other anonymous e-mail service.
- No Website, domain name, or other public record of the "employer" is available.
- Often, poor English, punctuation, and spelling are used.
- When you analyze them, the jobs don't make sense.
- Anyone/everyone "qualifies" for these jobs.
As the old sergeant from Hill Street Blues said to the police officers as they headed out for their day's work, "Be careful out there!"
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Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. In 1998, NETability purchased Job-Hunt.org, which Susan has edited and published since. Susan also edits and publishes WorkCoachCafe.com. Follow Susan on Twitter at@jobhuntorg and on Google+.