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Are you a recent graduate or are you looking for a job change? Have you ever wondered how to spot a real job ad from a fake one? Look no further!
BBB’s Top 5 Job Scams:
- Work at home opportunities
- Business opportunities
- Bogus government job listings
- Reshipping schemes
- Multi-level marketing scams
Spot the Scam- can you spot the real job offers from the bogus offer.
Real life examples
Here’s a tale of a local job seeker who responded to a job ad that wasn’t exactly what it seemed.
Several companies in the Cincinnati area have been advertising marketing jobs in local newspapers. According to these ads, these jobs involve “event set up, event marketing, customer service, public relations, communications, community outreach, marketing and interacting with the public.” It sounds like a great professional opportunity for someone looking to break into the marketing field but there may be some job responsibilities that the ads fail to mention…
Two applicants to one such ad reported that they were identified as strong candidates at the first interview and were invited to a second interview involving “helping out at a trade show” so that the company could observe their work. Other job interviews were canceled and the applicants made their way to the second interview with in their best business interview clothes.
When they arrived, they found out that what was described as a “trade show” was really just a table set up outside a retail store where they were to stand solicit donations for a charity. One applicant ended up spending the day soliciting donations, in her best suit, in the rain, representing herself as an employee of the charity, as the marketing firm instructed her to do. Bear in mind that since this is an “interview” and she has not been hired for the job, that she may not be paid for her time and efforts. Our other applicant refused to participate and was dismissed as having a “negative attitude”.
BBB is concerned that applicants feel that job advertising from this and similar companies is deceptive because it seems to misrepresent not only what the applicant’s job will be, but also what the company actually does. In reality, it seems that these sorts of companies are actually for-profit fundraising services for charities, when their advertising indicates that they are “marketing companies.”
When looking for a job in the newspaper or on the Internet, look for specifics about the job, such as:
(a) A specific job title;
(b) The name of the company;
(c) A clear description of the job and its qualifications; and
(d) If it’s in the ad, an amount of pay that seems appropriate for the level of work offered.