Posted December 21, 2011 by

4 Ways to Spot a Recruiting Scam

For the unemployed, job scams are like a kick in the shins when you’re already down. Unfortunately, with thousands of resumes posted on job boards, chances are that scammers will get a hold of your information from time to time. It’s bound to happen — but don’t let it get you down.

At one time or another, every unemployed job seeker will suffer from that terribly disappointing feeling of their heart dropping when they realize that the opportunity of lifetime is too good to be true.

There are commonalities among misleading and fake opportunities on the Internet. The best way to avoid becoming a victim of a scammer is to become aware about the most common existing scams and know what signs to look for.

Next time you receive a call from someone who wants to offer you a chance to land your dream opportunity, keep the following in mind.

1. The one that offers “unlimited earning potential”

If a company or group is offering a chance for you to make an unlimited salary, chances are it’s a simple, cold calling job that is falsely advertised as the real deal. If there’s no limit to how much you can make using their system and product, then it’s likely a straight-up commission job, and if you don’t sell then you won’t make a dime.

Warning Sign: If you’re not interested in a 100 percent sales commission job, then the term “unlimited earning potential” should be a sign for you to walk away.

2. The one where they will land you a job or “your money back”

This is an employment scam that involves so called “career help experts” who claim to provide a service that can help you find a job. If you take away anything from this article, let it be this: Legitimate recruiters do not charge candidates. The only people that should be charged via recruiting services are their clients who are looking for candidate. If you’re a job seeker, there’s no reason for you to pay anything forward.

Warning Signs: If a recruiter wants you to pay a fee as a job seeker, say “no thanks” and keep looking.

3. The one with “processing fees”

If any agency or company offers you work but says you need to pay some sort of processing fee, what you have there is a scam. Employers should not be charging you for drug tests, background checks or any other hiring-related expenses.

Warning Signs: If there is any type of hiring, application or process fee, something’s not right.

4. The one with “no experience necessary.”

These are typically work-at-home scams where you can earn large sums of money in short periods of time. Get-rich-quick types of jobs are generally scams.

Warning Signs: If the recruiter or hiring manager is ignoring your actual background and experience on your resume, then chances are it’s a scam. Always be skeptical of job advertisements where no experience is necessary.

In addition to keeping an eye out for the aforementioned signs, make sure you thoroughly research the company at hand in order to figure out whether or not it’s legit. Check official fraud reporting websites like the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Consumer Fraud Reporting to both learn more about the company or organization’s legitimacy and report a scammer.

Above all, trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right—it probably isn’t.

Ritika Trikha for

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobsand other career opportunities.

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