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Job Search Safety

job search safety When using the internet to interact with potential employers job search safety is something you want to exercise. When online you must know who you are dealing with to protect yourself from unscrupulous people.

Be Smart During Your Job Search

If you are contacting a business or person about a position do some research to find out about the company and the person you are contacting. You should be doing this anyway ad a means to be more prepared for the interview. The same recommendation applies in reverse, do some research to find out about whom is contacting you. It would be nice to think that everyone has your best interests in mind, but unfortunately some people don't. The problem is, at face value you can't tell the difference. That is where using some common sense job search safety techniques can come into play.

I genuinely think most people are good and that they lead honest, ethical lives. Unfortunately there are those few who feel they can't succeed by being honest and must resort to tactics that benefit themselves at the expense of others. The problem with this way of thinking is that aside from being wrong, schemes developed with the angle of cheating others generally don't have a long existence. They will be found out and closed down. That is the purpose of this article, to be realistic and say that any time we are making decisions that affect large portions of our lives we must do so with our eyes open.

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Do Some Research
Now of course, there is probably no way to know 100% if someone is on the up-and-up. Doing some checking can lower your chances of having a problem. The internet is a great research tool, using a search engine to look someone up or to get information about a company is a real time-saver.

Some Questions to Ask About the Position and Company
  • What are their customers and previous employees saying about them?
  • How many years have they been in business?
  • Can you find reviews on the company and its employees?
  • Are they a brick and mortar business?
Taking some time to answer questions such as these can be very enlightening. These answers can also make it much easier for you to decide whether it is a good offer or not.

Posting Your Resume
Resumizer provides the service of allowing people to post their resume online. Employers browse our resume directory which may contain your resume if you choose to make it public. Those employers may contact you offering you a job. We don't screen or check out employers that may contact you. It is up to each member to do their due diligence when checking out and verifying the validity of any job offers they may receive.

Does It Sound Too Good To Be True?
This is the same as if you found a classified ad and were interested in the position offered. You would call them, have a meeting and see if you thought everything was on the straight and narrow. Or when you are buying a used car and you have your guard up, being a little wary of what they told you about the condition. You would take it to your mechanic to verify what you were told. The old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true it probably is” is good advice online and offline. The same applies when receiving job offers, use your common sense.

Ask Yourself Some Questions
  • Does the job seem too good to be true?
  • Are they paying a wage that seems too high for what it is?
  • Does the job seem confusing, is it unable to be explained easily?
  • Are you being asked to do things that seem unethical?
  • Do they approach you with tasks that you are not comfortable performing?
  • Are you being asked to pay for or buy something?
  • Do you feel red flags are being raised?
  • Do you have a general feeling that something is off or not right about the position?
search safety If you do have any of these feelings about the listing or you see some red flags, then either do some more investigating into the position or consider passing on it and look for something else. It is difficult to identify every circumstance to list here, these examples can give you a sense of the kinds of things to look out for, for job search safety. Clear thinking and common sense can be valuable resources to draw upon when evaluating any posting, ad or listing. Armed with your own experience and the knowledge you have gained here we hope you are better equipped to protect yourself from predators. You may have been out of work for a long time and are eager to get a job, but don't let that cloud your judgment. Don't be desperate and blindly take the first thing that comes along.

You are looking for quality, long-term employment from a reputable employer. There are legitimate jobs out there, you need to have your radar up to weed out the bad ones. Develop your own methods of attaining job search safety. Please feel free to use our free resume creator and other resources like dealing with a layoff.