Razorback CareerLink: Search and apply for full-time, part-time and internship positions, and apply to be considered for on-campus interviews! CareerLink is an online system that allows students and alumni to search current part-time, full-time, co-op and internship job listings; sign up for on-campus interviews; and read about trends in business and industry, and interesting career development information. Login here. First time users, click here.
Indeed.com: Find jobs posted on thousands of company career sites and job boards. Using Indeed is just like using a general search engine like Google. You can quick-search from the Indeed home page using key words (such as job title and/or employer) in the 'What' box and/or a specific location in the 'Where' box. For additional tips, click here. For the mobile app, click here.
Going Global: Resource for International Students Seeking H1B Visas. Going Global is a database containing H1B records from the US Department of Labor, searchable by industry, job title, company, state or metro regions, as well as H1B records salary information for sponsored positions and job and internship opportunities. These are the most recent records available, representing all companies who have submitted H1B visa applications for the prior 12 months. For tips on using the Going Global database, please review this step-by-step guide. (Note: You must be logged into the University of Arkansas' wireless network or an on-campus computer to gain access to the free database.)
USAJobs.gov: Official job site of the US Federal Government - a one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information. New users of USAJOBS are encouraged to visit the first timer's page. Veterans, please visit the Veteran's Resource Center. The mobile app is available here.
(Articles of interest: USA Jobs, Work for America and Organizations Offer Information on Jobs With the State or Federal Government.)
Disability.gov: Covers a variety of topics related to employment of people with disabilities, including: advice for individuals with disabilities seeking work; help for employers looking for hard-working and dedicated employees; information on employment rights, laws and regulations; resources for employment programs and job accommodations for people with disabilities. The mobile app is available here.
(Article of Interest: Preemployment Inquiries Related to Disabilities.)
Check out our Job Sites page for additional recommendations. Remember, employers listed in CareerLink are seeking University of Arkansas students or graduates, check CareerLink first!
A Student's Guide to Interviewing With Third-Party Recruiters: Provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers
As you conduct your job search you will find that some employers hire third-party organizations to assist them in identifying and hiring college students. An employer can hire a third-party organization to do on-campus recruiting, represent the company at a job fair, screen job candidates who apply through an Internet web site, or other hiring activities. Many college career centers allow third-party recruiters to work with students through their offices. Some have special policies that apply to how, when, and where third-party recruiters can work with students. The Walton College Career Development Center at the University of Arkansas recommends that you be aware of issues that are pertinent to working with these organizations.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines third-party recruiters as "agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own needs." Categories of third-party recruiters include:
- Employment Agencies: Employment agencies list positions for a number of organizations and receive payment when a referred candidate is hired. The fee for listing a position is paid either by the firm listing the opening or by the candidate who is hired. If the job listing does not include the phrase "fee paid," be sure to ask who pays the fee before signing any papers.
- Search Firms: A search firm contracts with employers to find and screen qualified persons to fill specific positions. The fee is paid by the employer. Search firm representatives will identify the employer they represent.
- Contract Recruiters: Employers hire contract recruiters to represent them in the recruiting and employment function.
- Resume Referral Firms: A resume referral firm collects information on job seekers and forwards it to prospective employers. Data can be contained in resumes or on data forms (either paper or electronic). The employer, job seeker, or both may pay fees. You must give the firm written permission to pass your resume to employers. Your permission should include a statement that expressly states to whom and for what purpose the information can be used.
Questions to Ask
A third-party recruiter may be helpful to you in your job search, but be a wise consumer. Read all materials carefully. Ask questions. Ask your career services office staff for information. Ask a lawyer to read any contracts you are asked to sign. Here are some general questions you may want to ask:
- How many job openings are there for someone in my field? If you have the opportunity, inquire about the positions being filled or the number of openings related to your field. These are important questions because, in some instances, recruiters may not really have the type or number of openings they advertise. They may be more interested in adding your name to their candidate pool as a means of attracting more employers or clients to their services. Or they may be collecting resumes from students for potential job opportunities. (Name of your institution/career center) does not allow third-party recruiters to interview students unless they are trying to fill actual job openings.
- How is this information being used? A third-party recruiter is allowed legally to share your resume with the contract employer for positions that you are actually seeking. The recruiter must tell you, in clear terms, that your materials and information will not be shared outside the organization or used for any purpose other than with the company they represent at the time they interview you. The third-party recruiter cannot sell your information to anyone else. You may choose to authorize the recruiter to share your data elsewhere, but your authorization should be given to the recruiter in writing.
- Are candidates treated equally and fairly? If you are qualified for the job opportunity, the third-party recruiter must pass your information to employers without regard to your race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
- Who pays the fee? Before you agree to anything or sign a contract, ask the recruiter who will pay the fee.
For more information on job and intern searching, please review the following articles:
Online Industry Resources
Positions with Walmart:
Searching for a job or internship with a large employer can sometimes feel overwhelming. The following step-by-step directions may help you search and apply for positions with Walmart Stores, Inc. Search and apply on-line at www.walmartstores.com/careers
. By applying on-line, your resume will go directly to the recruiter responsible for the positions that interest you. To assist you further, please review the following information:
- Go to www.walmartstores.com/careers, register with the site, and upload your resume
- Click on the "Select a Career" drop down box and select “Corporate” and then click "Apply Now"
- Select the "Employment Type(s)" you want, such as “Intern”, then click “Refined Search”
- Add the job reqs that you are interested in to your “shopping cart”
- After you’ve selected them, you can go to your cart and submit all of them at the same time
- You can come back and apply for other positions as you find them
- Positions with Tyson Foods: You can search current openings, submit your resume and apply to full-time and internship opportunities directly through Tyson’s website: www.tysonfoodscareers.com/.
- Positions with JB Hunt Transport, Inc.: You can search career opportunities, including internships and positions for recent graduates and experienced professionals, on JB Hunt’s website: www.jbhunt.jobs. Click here to view keyword suggestions to use when searching for jobs with JB Hunt.
- JobsInLogistics.com: Job/internship search site for those interested in careers within logistics.
- CPGjoblist.com: CPGjobs is the leading career site for professionals and employers in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry.
- Dice.com: Dice is the #1 technology job board. If you are a technology professional in areas such as Information Technology (IT), software, high tech, security, biotech, etc., Dice.com is a great resource.
- CSCMP's Career Center Job Board: The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Career Center is focused exclusively on the supply chain profession and is viewed by a global audience of seasoned supply chain management practitioners, recent graduates, and leading organizations. Whether you are searching for a high-level position, an internship, or are just beginning your journey on the career path, you will find only the top supply chain management opportunities in our career resource. Sign up and post your resume for free!
- Indeed.com: Indeed.com is a search engine for jobs, allowing job seekers to find jobs posted on thousands of company career sites and job boards. Any type of career for any industry can be found in Indeed.com. Click here for tips and a video tutorial.
Your LinkedIn profile is your connection to over 70 million professionals in the business world. Use it to show the world who you are. To help the world find you. This network will not just help you find a job, but GET a job.
•LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet in over 200 countries and territories.
•LinkedIn’s mission is to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.
•LinkedIn Mobile App: http://www.linkedin.com/mobile
To learn how a social/business networking site like LinkedIn can play a part in your job search, click here.
Articles of Interest (source: NACEweb.org):
The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark a keyword or topic in a tweet. Any Twitter user can use or create a hashtag. I think of hashtags as “File this under,” and they are used to help categorize or follow topics. By clicking on a hashtag or searching Twitter for a certain hashtag, a Twitter user can see all of the tweets that contain the phrase. Using hashtags for the job search is a great way to get a tweet to appear in search results or a discussion that many are watching.
Twitter Mobile App: https://twitter.com/download
Here are some examples of hashtags for job searching:
- #resume—Suggest the student use the hashtag #resume with a description of himself or herself, or a link to his or her resume.
- #tweetmyjobs—It may be a clunky phrase, but #tweetmyjobs has been tagged nearly a million times, so it is recommended that students include it in their searches. Students can also use TweetMyJobs (www.tweetmyjobs.com/) to receive new job openings when they are available. This is similar to a traditional job board, but culls the information and listings that are found on Twitter.
- Job Listings—Find general job advice and lots of listings through hashtags like #jobs, #recruiting, #jobadvice, #jobposting, #jobhunt, and #jobsearch. To narrow it down, though, seek out more specific hashtags, such as or #prjobs or #salesjobs. Students can even search for hashtags just by college major, such as #biology or #accounting, and job listings as well as conversations relevant to the topic may appear.
- Industry Conferences—Most conferences these days have their own hashtags (such as #NACE14 or #NACESocial). When a relevant industry conference is approaching, get active with attendees using the hashtag. Whether the student is attending the conference or not, they can contribute to the conversation. Many conferences also have live streams, so it's as if one is attending anyway! You can use “live tweet,” which means to tweet while at the event. Promote your involvement when watching a panels or speech you are attending or interested in, and connect with other tweeters along the way. By using Twitter for networking within an industry, a student can increase his or her chances of getting hired down the road. (Source: NACEweb.org)
Using RSS in Your Job Search
Looking for a new or better job? If so, take a look at how RSS feeds can help your job search. A RSS job feed can compliment your other job hunting methods by regularly bringing you targeted employment listings. Few of us consider job hunting fun. The mere task of looking makes some people break out in hives. Others are in perpetual job search as they believe the grass is greener someplace else. The good news is once you find a good job web site that caters to your preferences, you can leverage the search results using RSS.
Benefits of using RSS job feeds:
- The feeds pick up new job listings that meet your criteria.
- The feeds work in a variety of feed readers.
- You can read the feed when it suits you.
- You don’t have to give anyone your email address.
- You can unsubscribe.
- They’re free.
Finding job sites that offer RSS feeds: There are a number of good job sites available. Some have unique content and others pull job listings from many sources. The best one varies by your industry and location. For example, if you’re in the IT industry you might consider a specialized site like Dice.com, which wouldn't work for you if you’re looking for an accounting job. A trickier issue is finding out if the job site offers your search results in a RSS feed. Few sites tell you that RSS is an option. Often, you need to perform a job search from various criteria before the RSS clues appear.
In the thumbnail picture below, you can see one of the areas where Indeed.com displays a RSS feed link above the search results.
A few sites, such as Craigslist.com, use auto discovery and allow the browser to provide RSS clues based on which browser being used. If you use Firefox 2.0 or later you can see the RSS feed icon on the address bar. With IE 7, the RSS toolbar button becomes enabled.
Although many job listing sites offer feeds, they differ in implementation and information. The table below outlines 8 popular job sites with RSS feeds.
RSS Feed Info
Displays job title and 2 line description
RSS option on the main page.
Displays job title, location and 2 line description
Need to use separate query builder. Then look for text that says “Your Custom Link is Below”
Full feed with entire job listing.
Result page has RSS in Internet web browser menu.
Displays job title, location, 1 line description and job listing source.
On the results page, there is a text link for RSS feed. You may also scroll down to the bottom of the right column and look for the RSS button and job feed link.
Displays job title and location
Above the results, look for text link [Save as RSS feed] to the right
Displays job title, location and 2 line description
On the results page, scroll down and to the left there is a XML graphic and text link “Save as RSS feed”
Displays job title, location, category, duration, posting date.
On the results page, look for the XML button to the top left.
Information provided, with permission, by Productivity Portfolio.
100 Plus Places to Find Jobs
Here are more than 100 sites for job searching, resume reviews, networking and more (provided by http://better-jobs-advice.blogspot.com/):
Blogging & Writing Jobs
- AboutFreelanceWriting.com – Offers helpful tips about being a freelance writer as well as posts summaries of the latest writing jobs.
- BloggerJobs.biz – Has both open jobs from established sites and the ability for people to post “For Hire” listings.
- FreelanceWritingGigs.com – Mixes listings for freelance jobs for both the Web and print with tips on improving your writing.
- Jobs.ProBlogger.net – Darren Rowse’s Problogger has a jobs board filled with quality, paid blogging positions available from around the Web.
- JournalismJobs.com – Offers listings for all sorts of journalism jobs from blogging to television.
- WritersWeekly.com – A weekly online e-zine that has numerous job listings for regular jobs as one-off projects.
College Undergrads and Graduates
- CoolWorks.com – Perfect for college students, this site offers job listings for summer and seasonal jobs at national parks and resorts.
- VentureLoop.com – Provides internship listings for students at certain schools and has job listings you can search by country or occupation for the tech community.
- Care.com – Care.com does background checks and assists people with finding babysitters, nannies, elderly care givers, tutors, house sitters and more.
- HireAHelper.com – The site helps you sign up as a mover, cleaner, lawn & garden helper or day laborer, then lets you post your availability and get hired by people in your area.
- NannyAvailable.com – Site built specifically for matching nannies, au pairs, babysitters and more with families looking for help.
- AtoZTutoring.com – A site exclusively for in-home tutoring as opposed to online.
- BookALesson.com – Site for instructors of specialties like music and many varied sports. Helps you automatically book appointments and let people see when you have open slots in your calendar.
- Find-Guru.com – Allows you to list your tutoring abilities for any sort of subject from basic math to computer networking.
- Jobs4Tutors.com – Site looks for more than just tutoring, but also assessments, evaluation, and mentoring.
- TakeLessons.com – Company providing lessons for all kinds of musical instruments and singing, looking for instructors in over 400 cities.
- Tutorz.com -A nationwide search enabling students and tutors to connect.
- WiziQ.com – Site for helping tutors to find students from anywhere in the world while providing online classrooms for you to use.
Technical and Design Jobs
- 37signals.com – A job board from the well known 37signals that features listings for programmers, designers, executives and even iPhone app developers.
- AuthenticJobs.com – Companies looking for all kinds of designers, from full-time to freelance.
- CompanyMeetCreative.com – Site offering part-time, freelance, and contract job offerings for creative types in Web fields.
- CoNotes.com – CoNotes specializes in jobs at Internet startups.
- Coroflot.com – Designers can sign up to host portfolios of their work as well as browse job listings.
- Dice.com – Allows you to search based on job title, skills or location for tech industry related jobs.
- ejob.com – Specific to jobs in and around Silicon Valley for the tech set.
- Elance.com -Elance features jobs from all different divisions of Web operations from design up to administration.
- FreshWebJobs – Full-time and freelance web developer jobs.
- GetAFreelancer.com – Locate freelance jobs in just about every web technical field.
- JobFloat.com – The jobs here focus primarily on design, but there are also some technical ones as well.
- Jobpile – Aggregates jobs from numerous tech focused boards to let you search them all at once.
- JobsAndGigs.com – Color coded results show you which are jobs and which are gigs for design and development, features customized RSS feeds.
- Krop.com – Helps the creative and technology communities with job listings throughout the US.
- LimeExchange.com – Allows you to build a profile to help you promote yourself and then you can bid on the tech jobs that get posted.
- Mashable Jobs – Yes, our very own jobs board featuring social media, technical, and web-related jobs.
- MostHired.com – Aggregates web jobs from various sources to ease your browsing.
- NeoHire.com – You can add multiple jobs to your “bucket” and apply to all of your saved ones. Focused primarily on California tech related jobs.
- nPost.com – Offers numerous job listings as well as interviews with hundreds of people at startups telling you what their company is about, and what they look for in an employee.
- oDesk.com – Thousands of freelance jobs that are either hourly rate or fixed price in all sorts of technical fields from simple data entry to VoIP development.
- RealWebJobs.com – Focuses on coding jobs with a heavy concentration it seems on jobs in Canada.
- SearchWebJobs.com – Tech jobs browsable by full-time, part-time, freelance, or just do a search for the ones that interest you.
- StartupAgents.com – A free service where you can set up a profile about yourself and try to find the company that best matches you.
- StartupJobs.biz – Allows you to search for startup jobs by occupation or job type.
- Startuply.com – Browse by job type at Web 2.0 and startup companies.
- StartupZone.com – Not only does it allow you to search jobs by occupation and location, you can also see what stage of funding they are in.
General Job Sites
- ActiveHire.com – Provides you with the ability to add your resume, use their resume builder, receive emails about new jobs, or just do a regular search through their current listings.
- Careerbuilder.com – Besides offering job search tools, they also offer services such as a career test, ways to distribute your resume, career advice and more.
- Craigslist.org – Quickly becoming the world’s classified section, the well-known Craigslist allows you to select your city and search for jobs in your area.
- FevQ.com – A no nonsense job site that allows you to first pick your industry and then go down to the state you are looking to work in.
- Job.com – Offers tools such as resume building and a career test in addition to job searches.
- Jobbi.com – Search for jobs, post video resumes and fill out one application that can be submitted to multiple companies.
- JobDig.com – Focuses on employment, training and opportunities in a handful of states in the USA, but is adding more.
- JobSearchEasy.com – Besides providing job searches by state and category, Job Search Easy also provides tools such as resume critiques, salary calculator, career test and more.
- Jobster.com – A general job site with listings in all of the major categories. Allows you to post your resume and promote yourself.
- Locanto.com – Classified ads for all the major cities in the United States with sections dedicated to employment.
- Monster.com – Probably the best known of the career sites, Monster allows you to search for jobs, post your resume, sign up for job fairs and more.
- RealMatch.com – Fill in a profile and within minutes you will start seeing jobs that you are best suited for.
Job Listing Aggregators
- GetTheJob.com – Aggregates job listings from company job boards. Many of the listings never make it to standard job sites.
- Indeed – Searches numerous job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages to provide nearly a million job listings in one location.
- Jobster.com – Allows you to post your resume, search numerous listings and set up job alerts to be delivered to your email.
- LinkUp.com – As opposed to other job aggregating sites, LinkUp monitors the job pages of company websites and gets their listings directly from the sources.
- SimplyHired.com – Search millions of jobs by keywords or location, or for the brave you can just browse by industry.
- AllTheTopBananas.com – A UK-based job aggregator that gathers jobs from recruitment agencies, job boards and employers. Allows you to search based on location, upload your resume and more.
- Eluta.ca – A Canadian job site that attempts to index all of the job listings in the country.
- FuseJobs.co.uk – Fuse Jobs focuses on entry level jobs in and around London, England.
- JobIsJob.com – A site for job listings in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the United Kingdom.
- JobNeters.com -A UK based job site aggregates ads from around the web.
- Nushio.com – Provides job searching for Canada, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.
- Probook.ca – Professional networking site for Canada.
- Recruit.net – Allows you to search for millions of jobs in places like Australia, Hong Kong, India and more.
- Workcircle.com – Aggregates job listings from job boards, employers and agencies all across the UK.
- Workopolis.com – Billed as Canada’s biggest job site, Workopolis has job listings for everything from entry level to full-time positions.
- Climber.com – Allows you to research companies, jobs, salaries, connect to recruiters anonymously and more.
- InteractiveApplicant.com – Allows you to not only upload your resume, but also answer questions with audio, video or text.
- InterviewBest.com – Helps you practice for interviews as well as aids you in preparing a physical presentation about yourself.
- JibberJobber.com – JibberJobber assists you in managing your job search or in your already existing career.
- LinkedIn.com – LinkedIn brings the “networking” back to social networking in the truest sense. Find your current and past co-workers, get them to recommend you, put up your resume and a whole lot more.
- LiveSalary.com.au – A site for Australians to compare their salaries amongst Australian employers.
- Salary.com – Software for individuals and companies alike to figure out fair salaries.
- SalaryBase.com – A tool for figuring out how much your salary is worth by plugging in data about yourself.
- SalaryScout.com – Allows you to easily see if the salary you are being offered is as good as you think it is.
- Emurse.com – Allows you to build an online version of your resume and host it on a Web page to share with potential employers.
- HowToWriteAResume.net – Create your resume online from their system and also store it online with them for free.
- JukeDuke.com – Allows you to create an online portfolio and resume that you can share with potential employers.
- VisualCV.com – A free service for building a secure online resume that lets you share different versions with employees, coworkers, friends and so on. You can include video, samples of your best work and so on.
- FindLaw.com – Allows lawyers to sign up and then potential clients can locate attorneys in their area to fit their needs.
- FlexJobs.com – A site that screens work-at-home and telecommuting jobs so you are only looking at legitimate offers.
- LatPro.com – Job site focused on bilingual and Hispanic hires.
- MoneyBackJobs.com – You can create a profile about yourself as well as upload your resume. If you accept a job through their site, you will receive a cash back bonus.
- OneHourTranslation.com – Are you fluent in more than one language? Feel the urge to translate random text on a quick turn-around? This may be the job for you.
- ProZ.com – Find freelance work as a language translator if you speak multiple languages.
- SkillWho.com – A mixture of social networking and jobs board that allows you to list what skills you have, or what skills you are looking for, and connect for jobs and professional networking.
- TalentDatabase.com – Job site specifically for creative types such as artists, actors, comedians, dancers, musicians and many more.
- TwitHire.com – A tool for people to post jobs they know of in a simplified format to be posted on Twitter. All of them are collected on this site for easy browsing by people who are job hunting.
Employed & Unemployment Statistics in Arkansas and the United States
It is important for job seekers to stay abreast of current employment and unemployment statistics in Arkansas and throughout the United States. Visit the following links with data provided by the Walton College's Center for Business & Economic Research:
To learn more about employment distribution by industry within Arkansas and the United States, visit the links below with data provided by the Walton College's Center for Business & Economic Research. Industries represented are the following: non-farm, goods producing, service providing, natural resource mining, construction, manufacturing, manufacturing durables, manufacturing non-durables, trade/transportation/utilities, finance, professional business services, education/health services, leisure, other services and government.
FRAUD ALERT - MONEY ORDER SCHEMES
Jade Williams Realty - Personal Assistant Job Posting. This legitimate looking job posting for a personal assistant in the local Fayetteville area is a bogus job! While it looks like an appealing part time job, this posting is just a way to get student contact information, send checks/money orders from their company, have the student deposit them into a personal bank account, and then have them wire the money back when the funds are posted. These are fraudulent/counterfeit checks that generally take weeks to clear and then the student is responsible for the deposited amount after it bounces. To find out more about this scheme and others like it, go to https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/radDocs/consumer/TopSixConsumerSchemes.pdf
YMC Investments, Merrill Lynch, Adaptec, Pershing & Cameron
(May 18, 2012)
If you have been contacted by someone claiming to be from one of the companies above saying that they received your resume from your University/College Career Center, please note: this is a fraudulent email. While these companies do exist, recruiters from the organizations would never contact you in this way or use an email account such as @yahoo.com, @gmail.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc. If you have opted-in to the Resume Book option in Razorback CareerLink, this is how your resume was seen by outside parties. At this time, these contacts have had their access to Razorback CareerLink revoked.
If you have any doubts about an email recruiting contact, please contact the Walton College Career Center at 479-575-6100 or the University Career Development Center at 479-575-2804 right away.
As college graduates quickly learn, online job searching is a highly effective resource. While the internet has broadened career opportunities for many, it has also led to online job scams and employment fraud. The Career Center has outlined some information below to help online job seekers become more aware of potential scams and how to avoid them.
Job seekers are cautioned to thoroughly research any opportunity they find online. Signs of a phony job listing include a request for personal information, such as bank account numbers, social security number or a copy of your drivers’ license; a contact e-mail address that is not a primary domain (example: an employer contact using an @yahoo.com or @hotmail.com e-mail address); and a lack of interest in meeting you. CareerBuilder.com offers the following tips to avoid scams1:
- Research the prospective company.
- Never give personal bank account, PayPal or credit card numbers to an employer.
- Don't divulge private information such as a copy of your driver's license, passport or social security number.
- Never forward, transfer or "wire" money to an employer or on behalf of an employer.
- Do not re-ship products or partake in cross-border action.
Job seekers should also be aware of the various types of scams they face. The Better Business Bureau lists the following as common online job scams2:
- The payment-forwarding or payment-transfer scams: In this scenario, the con artist pretends to be an employer. He uses a job ad or information from a resume posted online to convince the job seeker that he is a legitimate employer. Once he gains the victim’s trust, he uses one of several ploys to request the job seeker’s bank account number. He may tell the job seeker he needs it to deliver his/her paycheck by "direct deposit." Or the scammer may promise high wages for a job that involves forwarding, transferring or wiring money from a personal bank account, a PayPal account, or from Western Union to another account. The job seeker, as part of their pay, is instructed to keep a small percentage of the money (which can total hundreds of thousands of dollars) as payment. The money the victim transfers has invariably been stolen, so the job candidate ends up committing theft and wire fraud.
- The "personal" invitation: This job scammer sends mass e-mails to long lists of recipients. The e-mail claims to have seen your resume on the Internet, notes that your skills match the requirements for their job, and invites you to complete an online job application. Or the e-mail may state that it is in response to the resume you submitted for a job opening. Proceed with caution! Is this a cold-contact e-mail from a business or person that is not familiar to you? Did you apply for a job with this organization? Did you send a resume to this recruiter? Type the company’s Web site address into your browser and contact the company via telephone to check it out.
- The ID verification scenario: During the job application process, or prior to promising to schedule a personal interview, the scam artist will say the business needs to scan your driver’s license, passport of other means of identification to "verify" your identity. Or, the scammer claims to need your bank account or credit card numbers to run a "credit check" before proceeding with the job application process. Other red flags are requests for your Mother’s maiden name, your date of birth or your social security number. These are not legitimate requests and can be used to commit identity theft!
- The inside scoop on federal jobs: Avoid Web sites that promise, for a fee, to give you the inside scoop on how to get a Federal or Postal Service job. They are likely to use a government-like name, such as the "U.S. Agency for Career Advancement" or the "Postal Employment Service." Know that they are probably lying about the availability of federal jobs in your area and making other false claims about "undisclosed" opportunities in the federal government, "guaranteed" entry to a particular position, or assurance that you will receive a high score on a postal entrance examination. All federal government positions are publicly announced and federal agencies never charge application fees or guarantee that an applicant will be hired.
- Opportunities abroad: Who does not dream of being paid high wages to work in an exotic locale? Remember, high-paid job opportunities overseas for people who lack significant experience in a particular field, are virtually nonexistent. Legitimate businesses seeking to fill jobs at locations outside the U.S. will not ask for money up front; use post office boxes, instead of office addresses; make promises of employment and guarantees of refunds; or charge fees for giving you a job lead.
Some companies claim to guarantee you a job if you pay for their placement services. Job seekers should be cautious of these organizations. Before spending money on placement firms or placement contracts, the Federal Trade Commission offers the following advice3:
- Reject any company that promises to get you a job.
- Be skeptical of any employment-service firm that charges first, even if it guarantees refunds.
- Get a copy of the firm’s contract and read it carefully before you pay any money. Understand the terms and conditions of the firm’s refund policy. Make sure you understand what services the firm will provide and what you’ll be responsible for doing. If oral promises are made, but don’t appear in the contract, think twice about doing business with the firm.
- Take your time reading the contract. Don’t be caught up in a rush to pay for services. Stay away from high-pressure sales pitches that require you to pay now or risk losing out on an opportunity.
- Be cautious about purchasing services or products from a firm that’s reluctant to answer your questions.
- Be aware that some listing services and “consultants” write their ads to sound like they are jobs when they’re selling general information about getting a job.
- Follow up with the offices of any company or organization mentioned in an ad or an interview by an employment service to find out if the company is really hiring.
- Be wary of firms promoting “previously undisclosed” federal government jobs. All federal positions are announced to the public on www.usajobs.gov.
- Check with your local consumer protection agency, state Attorney General’s Office, and the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed about a company with which you intend to do business. You also may contact these organizations if you have a problem with an employment-service firm.
If you feel you have been a victim of a job scam, please file a complaint about the fraudulent job posting by calling the Federal Trade Commission complaint line at 877-382-4357.
1 CareerBuilder.com: What You Need to Know About Job Scams
2 Better Business Bureau: Graduates Cautioned to Avoid Online Job Scams
3 Federal Trade Commission: Job-Hunting/Job Scams