TAP In with Tristan : Identifying Fake Job Postings

Tristan talks about how to identify fake job postings on this entry of TAP In with Tristan. We’ve all seen or maybe even fallen victim to a fake job posting without even knowing it. As the number of job seekers increase, so do the number of fake job postings and scams. While you may think you are applying to the job of a lifetime, you might just end up in a pyramid scheme selling Vector knives or worse, have your identity stolen. Take advantage of the six methods Tristan outlines to sniff out fake job postings!

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TRANSCRIPT

Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. On today’s episode, lets talk about fake job postings.

We’ve all seen or maybe even fallen victim to a fake job posting without even knowing it. As the number of job seekers increase, so do the number of fake job postings and scams. There are numerous reasons that fake job postings exist, including companies trying to have resumes on file or gauge the talent pool to spammers ad identity thieves who will sell your information or use it for their personal gain. No matter the reason, these fake postings are not there to help you in any way, shape, or form.

J.T. O’Donnell, the Founder and CEO of Work It Daily, provided 6 commons signs that can help you spot a fake job posting:
1. The contact can’t be found in a Google search.
2. There’s no company information listed.
3. There are grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.
4. There is money involved almost immediately.
5. There is personal information involved immediately.
6. It just sounds too good to be true.

While every job with one of those attributes may not be fake, it’s time to start asking questions if there are one or more of these signs. So always do your research to look for validation and proof that the company and job exist. This information shouldn’t be challenging to uncover, and if it is, I’d suggest you just move on. While you may think you are applying to the job of a lifetime you might just end up in a pyramid scheme selling Vector knives or worse, have your identity stolen.

This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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