How to Dissect the Legitimacy of Online Job Listings

How to Dissect the Legitimacy of Online Job Listings

You may have found yourself looking at a job listing online like the following:

“ We are a great company looking for a operations manager. Work hours are 9 am- 4 pm. No experience necessary. Pay is $45 dollars an hour. You can start as early as next week. Submit your resume for this excellent opportunity."

$45/ hour, with no experience? Wow. Sounds like a dream, right?

That’s because it is a dream.

Unfortunately, fake job listings are all too frequent online. With all the job posted online, it can be hard to determine which are legitimate and which are scams.

Here are some tips on how to dissect the legitimacy of an online job listing.

It seems too good to be true

When it comes to online job listings, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Phony job postings often offer high salaries with excellent benefits for positions requiring little to no experience necessary.

A legitimate job requires the necessary skills and experience to offer a great salary and benefits.

The job description is vague

Another way to spot a scam is through the job descriptions.

If the job posted doesn't have clear details on the tasks and responsibilities, it's most likely a scam.

A legitimate post should have the details of the job you are applying listed along with the necessary skills and competencies.

If you can’t get information on what the job is or what skills you need to do the job, it isn’t a legitimate job.

No online presence

You’ve found this great job listing for a position that interests you. You Google the company’s name.

Nothing comes up. Not a website, not an employee on LinkedIn, nothing to show who the company is.

That’s a bad sign. Legitimate companies should be easy to find online.

If you can’t find a website, social media page, or contact information online, that’s not a position you want.

Likewise, if you are contacted by a recruiter for a job and nothing comes up when you search their name or email, that’s a red flag. Legitimate recruiters will be connected online.

Asks for money or personal information

If you are being asked for money upfront to pay to apply or to get an interview, the post is likely a fake.

Fake job listings or fake employers may ask for you to pay to submit your application or ask you to complete a paid training seminar.

A legitimate employer is not going to require you to pay for your interview or ask you to pay for your training.

Be wary of a job listing asking for a lot of personal information. Always make sure the application site is secure, and be cautious when being asked for personal finance information.

Your gut says no

A great way to determine the legitimacy of a job listing is to trust your gut.

If your instinct is telling you that something isn’t right with your post, that’s a good sign there is something wrong.

Maybe it’s the grammatical errors, like the post above. Maybe it’s the lack of description of the position.

Whatever it is, you know when something doesn’t feel right.

A legitimate job listing should interest and excite you and make you ready to apply.

Anything that causes you to pause is worth examining.

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