According to a report on Vanguard Newspaper, about 80 per cent of the jobs advertised online are fake. This is partly due to the fact that the internet is such a porous place, many fraudsters prey on unsuspecting jobseekers promising them jobs that don’t exist and because of the economic situation in the country, many job seekers are a little careless about which jobsite to patronize, causing them to fall into the wrong hands.
The question now is; how does one identify these fake online job sites and then avoid them? Let us look at 5 ways to do that.
1. Get to know the real jobsites
If you don’t know the real sites, you can’t detect the fake ones. How can you detect a fake dollar except you’ve handled the original? Here are four jobsites that are reliable;hotnigeriansjobs.com,careers24.com.ng,ngcareers.com.ng,jobberman.com. There are others too apart from these ones that render genuine services.
2. Follow the links on the jobsites
Where does the links take you? To the recruiting companies’ website or some obscure pages online? This should give you a hint on who you are dealing with. If it is not posted on the site of the said recruiting company, you might be dealing with scammers. You need to watch it.
3. Free email accounts
Any recruiter or company that corresponds from a free email account such as Yahoo, Live, Hotmail or Gmail is very likely a scammer. Legitimate job related emails will come from corporate email accounts. This is not to say that every email you receive from corporate accounts is genuine.
4. They ask you to pay
When a job site begin to ask you to send money to process your application, then something is wrong. Watch it. Don’t fall for the trick, it’s a scam.
5. They promise unrealistic salaries
In any industry you want to work, there are industry standards of salaries and allowances. It doesn’t mean that all the companies in that industry pay exactly the same amount of money to all workers in the same categories. You should check around for salary ranges in similar industries for similar positions to know the salary range for the position you are applying for. Job scammers usually do this – offer several hundreds or thousands of naira more than what is obtainable, to lure unsuspecting and desperate job seekers.
6. Immediate employment offer
The process of recruitment from the point of application to the point of employment is rigorous, but genuine employers are willing to go through this process so that they can sort out and sift non-qualified candidates from the qualified ones. The process also helps the employers to get to know individual applicants. But scammers don’t have the time for that long process, so they offer you immediate employment. They tell you that your application qualifies you for employment. It’s a scam. Check it.
7. They ask you to supply personal information
They have offered you employment and probably did an IM or text messaging interview for you. Now they will ask you to supply your personal details like your bank account details. Surely, after employment such details may be required so your employer could do a security check on you, but that is after all other necessary employment processes have been completed. So you have to be careful not to fall prey to the teeth of hungry lions out there posing as employers and employment agents.
8. Odd hour contacts
If you’re consistently getting emails and text messages at odd hours, like 2am from a potential boss, you need to take heed. Except when there are issues with internet connectivity, work emails are usually sent and answered during normal business hours.
9. Do a Google search on the company
Do a search on the company name and see what information you can find. Compare it to the information that you have been sent. This may help you know if the purported recruitment is a scam meant to swindle you out of money.