Stay Safe While Searching for Jobs Online

Job search is one of the most important tasks in your life. With technology advancements in every field & innovation in job hunting tools, it is easier than ever to search and find jobs. Nowadays, online job portals are one of the widely used tools for job search. However, while providing ease & convenience to the jobseekers, it also has some hazards which are to be avoided for safe online job search. No doubt online job portals have made it easier for scammers to access their potential victims, but the importance and usability of job portals could not be denied and hence their use could not be abandoned.

Following a few tips could not only be useful for your job search but also reduce the chances of you being a scam victim.

Evaluate The Opportunity/Job:

– Take your time to research and investigate about the employer for whose job you have applied. Use search engines and directories to know about the contact details and the reputation of the company.

– Don’t apply for a job which seems “too good to be true”. Avoid applying for jobs which is “highly paid and needs no experiences”.

Avoid Money Laundering/Financial Scams:

– Do not share your bank account or any other financial details while applying for jobs.

– Do not apply for jobs that require you to process payments through your personal bank account or via wire services.

– Do not pay any amount to recruiters for administrative costs etc. Remember, in job market you (jobseeker) are the commodity and employers/recruiters are the buyers (clients).

Work at Home Opportunities:

– “Work from the convenience of your home on high salary. Adjust your working hours and don’t let your work life interrupt your family life.” Sounds great? Yet it’s not true.

– Be very cautious while applying for “work from home” opportunities. They mostly are scams and not a good option for your career growth.

Email Scams:

– This is the one of the oldest and most common of scams online. If you receive an email with a lucrative offer, with little or no contact details be ware it’s a fraudulent email.

– A scam email would usually be from email addresses like “[email protected]” or “[email protected]” rather than “[email protected] “.

Resume Security:

– Your resume is the resource scammers are looking for. You must be very cautious while providing details in your resume.

– You should never provide:

Social security number

Driving license number

Bank account or other financial details

Credit card number

Your passwords

– It’s always useful to read and understand the privacy policy/terms of services of the job portals you use for your job search.

Interview:

– Shortlisted for an interview? Great, isn’t it? There still are chances of scam.

– Research and analyze the interview venue by visiting it a couple of days before the interview date.

– During the interview, do not share details that you feel are not necessary for the job role you are a candidate of.

– If you are offered a job without interview, telephonic or in person, it’s a scam. Remember the rule “no interview- no hiring”.

Remember, the most important thing while searching jobs online is using your common sense. Your security if in your own hands.