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Identifying “Spam” Jobs When Searching Online

When you’re seeking out a new career opportunity, there’s nothing as frustrating as coming across the perfect job for you only to find out it’s actually too perfect. We call these inaccurate, misleading, or fake job postings, “spam job listings.” These are the listings that  look great at first,  but turn out to be some sort of pyramid scheme, more sales oriented than is represented, or maybe even non existent. 
So, how can you identify “spam” jobs when searching online? Read on learn!

Read the Job Description Carefully 

The best tip we can give you for sifting through spam job listings is to read every single word of the job description. Make sure you fully understand what your daily tasks will be and what the company is looking for in the candidate. If you do so, you’ll be able to understand if it’s a full-time position versus something commission based.
And, if there’s not enough in the job description to give you a good sense of what you’re applying for, you might want to skip it altogether. Lack of clear details is usually a red flag that the opportunity isn’t a good one.

Check Out Reviews for the Company 

Do some research before you take the time to apply to the position. Use programs like Glassdoor to check out what current and past employees are saying about the position and the company it comes from. Reviews will tell you a lot about management and other things that may not be expressed in the description. 

Reach Out to Other Employees 

If you’re comfortable with it or have an inside connection to the company, consider reaching out to other employees. You can ask them questions about what their role is like, how the company operates, and how satisfied they are with where they work.
Reaching out and asking these questions shouldn’t hurt your chances of getting a qualified job. In fact, most actual hiring managers should see this sign as you doing detailed research and homework for the job. 

Be Cautious About Email Offers You Didn’t Apply For 

If you receive an email from someone claiming to be a hiring manager who found your resume via another website or platform, be wary. Often the company posting these “spam job listings” also use sources like Indeed to gather contact information in bulk and  target individuals who are aggressively looking for jobs with their shady offers. Of course, if you’re not sure if an offer or outreach is safe or not, just proceed with caution and be sure to share any personal information until you’ve verified the company and opportunity are legitimate. 
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