There must be times when you feel frustrated or depressed about your job to the point of taking a risk outside of your comfort zone. Or “take a flyer” with the hope that something will work out. These are the times you’re most vulnerable. Be cautious about job search strategies that seem to be too good to be true. There are scams being run that take your money and give you nothing of value in return. Some scams are illegal or unethical, while others are both. Here are some examples:
- An ad from the “U.S.A. Staffing Department “assures you a federal job if you send $250 for a background check. There is no such department.
- You receive an email to apply for a high paying job by signing up for a work-at-home training program that you pay for. It’s bogus, except for you sending a check.
- A blind ad says you can double your income through sales while only spending a few hours at home making telephone calls.
- Some help wanted ads seem genuine because they use company names that are known to you. However, the opportunity is fake.
- You’re requested to interview by phone or video chat for a job that sounds great and would be a major step up. After about 15 minutes on the phone, when you get really interested, you’re asked some personal questions: What’s your social security number, or send a check to cover the processing fee.
- After a screening interview, you’re told you need a reference check before the next step. To do that, you’re required to provide banking or other personal information.
- You will be considered for a highly lucrative job, but first you need to learn the products by purchasing the equipment or training manual to learn the product.
- Your told you need, “No special training necessary” to be a company-paid shopper. Just send $500 for an assigned territory.
- A recruiting company calls and says they have the ideal position for you. Just sign a contract for them to represent you to the company. In other words, the company did not hire them to find candidates. You are being presented along with many other candidates from many other recruiters. You pay if you are hired, up to 20% or 30% of your total compensation (which includes incentives and bonuses).
There are few situations where up-front money is required in order to apply or be a candidate to a legitimate company with a need for your special skills. There are, however, many scams that are designed to relieve you of your money.
Reputable recruiters or job search coaches are available and ready to help you find the job for which you’ve been looking. Usually you can get a free review of your resume and an hour chat with the coach to see if you’re a comfortable match. That’s what I do when talking to potential clients. It’s what you should expect.
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