Job scams come in many forms, but the scammers all focus on taking advantage of you during your hunt for employment. They know many people find themselves in desperate situations if they can’t find work. It’s easy to overlook red flags if you’re in a rush and trying to secure a position. It’s important to keep an eye out for the warning signs, so you don’t end up in a bad situation.
1. Requests for Sensitive Information
You do have to provide some sensitive information over the course of your job hunt, but this happens later in the application process. If someone calling themselves a recruiter asks for personal information such as your social security number, birthday or tax information, they are trying to steal your identity.
If you encounter someone attempting to do this, contact the company they claim to represent, as well as the police, so you can help prevent them from causing harm to yourself and others. If the scammer is using a social media platform, like Facebook, contact the social media site and report the scammer to make it difficult for this person to continue using that platform to find victims.
2. Avoids Answering Your Questions
How does the recruiter react when you ask questions about the position? Do they change the subject or give you a non-answer? A recruiter should be doing everything they can to sell you on the job, so avoiding questions is a key sign they are a scammer. You also want to pay attention to how quickly they provide this information, especially if you ask a question that’s out of the box. A fake recruiter may be prepared with generic answers to common questions, but they have to come up with unconventional responses on the spot.
A legitimate recruiter might not know every last thing that you ask, but they will touch base with the organization
3. Doesn’t Provide Job Details
A real placement firm provides you with complete job details in writing. You should know exactly what type of position you’re applying for, the rate of pay, the length of the contract, the company you’ll be working for and other essential details.
While the recruiter or staffing firm acts as the intermediary between you and the company, that doesn’t mean they lack information about the position. The only area that a legitimate recruiter may lack is technical knowledge if the position is intended for highly-specialized IT personnel. However, the recruiter has a general understanding of the duties, pay and workload in that situation.
4. Requests Payment
Don’t pay money to anyone for a job. People trying to get payment and claiming it’s for credit or background checks, recruitment fees, equipment or supplies are not legitimate recruiters. It’s unlikely that there’s a real job involved at all. Typically, you won’t hear back from the scammers after they get their hands on your money.
Think of it this way. You’re looking for work or connecting with recruiters because you want to make money. Why would you have to make a payment when you’re trying to bring in an income? The recruiter might promise exclusive opportunities or priority applications, but they don’t bring any value to the table.
Scammers are opportunistic and take advantage of people who are distracted by other matters, such as finding a job. By paying close attention to the recruiters, staffing agencies and other people you interact with during this process, you can avoid wasting time, risking identity theft or losing money.
An Ōnin Staffing recruiter will never ask for sensitive, personal or financial information online. If you are approached by a recruiter online who claims to be with Ōnin Staffing, always call or visit your local Ōnin Staffing branch to confirm the position.