What a Fake Job Opening Looks Like

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When you’re applying for a job, you have to be careful with fake companies. Here are a few tips to help you avoid a fake company and understand what they want.

Why Fake Companies List Job Openings

When you see a fake job listing, it’s not because there’s another company that wants to hire you. Fake job listings can come from hackers posing as a business that lists a job offer. They’re hoping that you send them your email and other personal information. They’re assuming that once you send them your email, you’ll open links to fake job sites. They’re hoping that they can get you to respond to their email to take a writing or typing test. They’ll ask you to fill out their online form. The link you click on adds malware to your computer.

Tell-Tale Signs the Company May Not Be Legitimate

When you see a job listing, there are a few key points to look for. For starters, it should be a company that you’ve heard of before. Or, when you do a fast search, you should see the company name on sites like GlassDoor or LinkedIn. Another way to tell a job site isn’t legitimate is if they don’t have any details about their company. Legitimate businesses may provide history about their business. They may give you a contact name, or they may list their address. Be suspicious of companies that list no contact details about their business.

How to Ensure You’re Applying to the Real Company

When you search for a new job, you might think one site is safer than the others. On the contrary, all sites are prone to fake job offers. Fake job sites can appear on LinkedIn, Indeed, GlassDoor, or Monster Jobs. To help you apply to the real company, apply only to listings that give contact details for their business. Do a fast search and confirm the job opportunity is on other sites. You may also see that the company has their listing posted on their own website. That’s a good way to know that the business is legitimate.

Why You Should Be Careful With Sending Resumes Everywhere

Sending resumes “everywhere” sounds like a great way to stay pro-active when you look for a new job. While you have the best intentions, you have to be careful because you may not realize that you’re sending your resume to fake sites. For example, if you’re a secretary, when you apply to 100 secretarial openings, maybe 1 or 2 are fake. But, how will you know? Take the time to read the job descriptions and look for contact details. Real businesses will include some kind of information about their business or they’ll give a contact name.

Why Fake Companies are Hard to Detect

One reason fake businesses can be hard to identify is sometimes they will use job descriptions that sound like real jobs. They may also use logos or contact details to try to make them look more legitimate. Because you may not know one business from the next, if you think a job description looks fake, just open another window and do a search of the company name. If you don’t see any results, chances are it might be a fake business trying to get your email address. If you send your resume to a fake site, report it.

Should You Report a Fake Company?

If you find that you’ve sent your resume to a fake site, you don’t need to reply back to them. You can contact the job site that listed the fake opening. For example, if you’re on Indeed or LinkedIn and you come across a fake site, report it to Indeed or LinkedIn. If you find a fake site responds to you and sends you a link in your email, don’t open it. Do a search for the job description to verify which company had the posting and contact the company. Job search companies will investigate and cancel the fake accounts.