First, the good news: Job claims have fallen to low numbers in the past six weeks.
Now, the bad news: Millions of Americans are still looking for work, and to add insult to injury, many are being scammed by job ads.
Here’s three tips to keep yourself safe, brought to you by the Better Business Bureau (BBB):
1. SPOT A REAL JOB FROM A FAKE
A legitimate job posting will never ask you for a credit card or bank number. Likewise, it’s unwise to reveal your Social Security Number (SSN) when applying for jobs, as businesses only really need this when you’ve been hired to authenticate your identity and citizenship so they can add you to the company payroll. Aside from your name, address, phone number, and previous job experience, you shouldn’t need to reveal anything else beyond this.
2. THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS EASY MONEY
Some of the most common job posting scams are the “work from home” varieties you see stapled to telephone polls or Internet ads. It makes sense that you would have to pay for your own supplies or some basic training to get you started on your way to making “$3000 a month!” or whatever hype they are advertising. Right? Not so! A “too-good-to-be-true” promise on work duties or pay is a dead giveaway.
3. DECODE KEYWORDS
It’s not hard to spot a scam if you know what to look for. Key things include: Misspellings, numerous exclamation marks, a 2-sentence job description, and code words like “No experience needed”, “Start today!”, or “Easy money!”. Also, despite it’s announcement that “telecommuting is okay” the company should have a main office. If you can’t find an address (or you find multiple addresses with the company listed under different names) move on. This job is a scam.