Red Flags in Online Job Search

A few things to look out for in that promising job email, these RED FLAGS should jump off the page and slap you in the face when you see them.

  1. They don’t address you by name, but use “Candidate or Employee”.
  2. They immediately list your potential salary. Salary is something that takes time to determine and depends on previous experience, not something to be blatantly advertised via email.
  3. The email says, “No experience necessary”. This is a huge red flag, I mean really that basically means a baby could be hired.
  4. They link you to a new form or survey that has nothing to do with the position you’ve applied for.
  5. They’re located in Nigeria.
  6. They use too many phrases like, “competitive hiring, excellent incentives, you will thrive, attractive bonuses” and others that are just too good to be true. Keep in mind, a company doesn’t just want to give you their money. These phrases are usual cheap ploys to get your attention.
  7. They mention any sort of fee, for a training course or set of materials for example. A legit company will pay your way through this.
  8. They tell you to contact them via phone, but its an 1800 number instead of a personal contact.
  9. They ask if you’d be willing to “further your education with one of their clients”.
  10. They offer you the job right away.

If you’re at all suspicious about the company, remember that google is your friend. Google the company name along with scam. If you find reviews that are even partially bad, maybe you should consider whether this interview is worth your time. Consider what the companies intentions and interests are…are they just trying to drag in college students for some weird scheme, or do they actually want you as an employee.

If after all your pondering the company still looks okay, you should probably still toss em because of the sheer fact that you had to ponder for so long about them.

4 thoughts on “Red Flags in Online Job Search

  1. aside from paying useless fees and taking classes that just pay that company, i don't see how a red flag email is that dangerous

  2. if the world took the word "dangerous" as literally and out of context as you two do, then everyone should just set themselves on fire

  3. Can't quite figure out why scammers send such emails. They must have success with less savvy job hunters. I get about two a day (i'm actively searching for a job now :/) and it just irritates the hell out of me. Nice post

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