Looking for a job can be tough. Unfortunately, unscrupulous individuals know this, and often try to take advantage of job seekers. At Bright, we have several layers of security filters designed to keep you safe while looking for a job, but it’s still important to understand how to spot scams and avoid getting taken for a ride.
1. Be careful what personal information you share
Beware of listings that ask for sensitive personal information, such as your social security number, bank account information, credit card information, driver’s license number, etc. You should also avoid listing this kind of information on your resume or cover letter, even though it may be asked of you later in the application process or after you’ve been hired. These pieces of information can be used to steal your identity. For more information on identity theft, visit the Identity Theft Resource Center.
2. Recognize pyramid schemes
Pyramid schemes often won’t offer a form of stable income. Instead, they will only offer to pay on a commission basis. You may be asked to pay a fee to attend a seminar or be asked to pay an upfront cost to sell a product. Pyramid schemes are dangerous because you’ll always have to pay something first, and it’s very difficult to make a profit or even break even.
3. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Jobs requiring no experience that simultaneously promise a high salary or hourly wages should put you on alert. Con artists understand what makes a job attractive. They’ll often include “Work from Home” in job titles or descriptions because they know it is attractive to job seekers.
4. Know the common job titles used for scams
Con artists typically post certain kinds of scam jobs that will attract a lot of job seekers. The following jobs can often be scams:
- “Data Entry Clerk”
- “Administrative Assistant”
- “Personal Assistant”
- “Mystery Shopper”
If you’re looking for a real job with one of these titles, make sure to do your research and check out the company that posted the job to see if they are reputable.
If you think a job looks suspicious, report it so we can use that information to improve everyone’s safety.
Jobs you report will not be removed immediately, but someone on our team will investigate the job to see if it is indeed a scam.
Here at Bright, we’re working hard to make sure you find great job opportunities. Chances are, the jobs you run into will be all posted by reputable companies, but we feel it’s important that every job seeker knows how to recognize and help report suspicious jobs to make our community even safer. And always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
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