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Beware of the Pit falls in Internet Job seeking: Web of Scammers

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Beware of the Pit falls in Internet Job seeking : Web of Scammers:

Advantageous Technology:

Among lot of other things, technology and internet has made job hunting a much simpler exercise. Absolutely a Great change!!

Un imaginable publicity :

A job seeker can post his/her resume for millions of prospective employers to see with just a click of the mouse.

Exposing Dangers !!:
But beware! Millions of benefits aside, the online job search also exposes you to the web of scammers leaving your personal data wide open to the world, who can do anything under the sun with those vital statistics.

And the intentions of those people who access your data under the world of potential job providers are not always good.

Sell Data and make money:

The online job mart is emerging as a major hunting ground for those data acquirers, who sell this information for a good profit to those pesky tele-callers among others.

Junk calls :

This eventually leads to those irritating calls on your mobile phones selling you 'great deals' on credit cards, loans, brokerage accounts, holiday packages etc.

Wide range of information :

What makes you more vulnerable to this online job search scam is the wide range of information available in your resume - ranging from your name and contact details to your job profile and income levels.

And the numbers are really big when it comes to the total number of job seekers exposed to this spamming risk.

All the leading job portals claim to have millions of registered job seekers.

False Invitations:

In addition, the potential spammers send out false job invitations and ask for detailed resume, while acting as placement agencies for some leading companies.

Moreover, the scam is not limited to the telemarketing calls only.

Bogus web sites and False demands of Advance payments :
Certain cases have been reported when scammers have lured the unsuspecting job seekers to bogus websites to make upfront payments, while promising them a good job.

And the whole exercise is no more a behind-the-scene affair and a number of leading job portals have started to accept that this problem exists and is growing with time.

monster.com and jobsahead.com:

In fact, a leading player in the market, Monster.com, which recently acquired leading Indian job site Jobsahead.com, states on its website that "false job postings are listed online and used to illegally collect personal information from unsuspecting job seekers," while warning the users against these frauds.

Basic tips to help you stay clear of the scamsters:

Reach for the alarm bell when you receive an offer that is too good to believe - more so when the offer comes over the internet or through the phone. Also, do not respond to all the job offers that come your way.

Verify the credentials of Job Posting:
Always verify the credentials of a job posting before sending out your resume, when there is slightest of suspicion in your mind.

Fake Job postings and NO Responsibility:
Fake job postings are illegal and also against the terms of use of the job portal, but they wash their hands off by saying beforehand that they do not take any responsibility for such clients and cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage incurred.

Therefore, it is all up to you to safeguard yourself from any type of frauds.

Review the job offer carefully and do a thorough research about the company and the placement agencies. You can talk to friends and people in the industry to know more about the company and its current job requirements.

You can conduct an internet search for the company and look out for any possible complaints on blogs and message boards about the job offer or the company.

If you smell something wrong with any job posting, immediately inform the portal about it. By reporting the fraud, you can save millions of other users and yourself too from future fraud attempts.

Also report the matter to regulatory and police authorities if you have already fallen prey to any scam. The job sites claim to cancel the subscription of those clients against whom repeated complaints of spamming are received from the registered users.

Naukri.com claims to go a step further by adding some dummy CVs in its own database, which are aimed at monitoring any possible spam mail from its clients in the e-mail IDs mentioned in these dummy CVs.

Post your resume and other personal details only on the portals and boards that you trust. You can also try to keep the personal information at minimum possible level in the resume that you submit online.

ENTER AND VERIFY AS AN EMPLOYER:
You can try to enter the website or the job board as an employer, rather than a job seeker, in order to ascertain how easy it is to post a job there.

Free job posting sites are more prone to scams:

The job sites that allow free job postings are more prone to the online job scams.

Do not mention the information that has not been asked for - you have no control over who sees your resume online, but you can control what information you are sharing over the internet.

Most of the leading job portals provide certain privacy options, which should be explored before submitting the resume.

Try to dig out as much information as possible from the person offering you the dream job, before giving out your own details.

The job offers that blank out the name of the company should be taken suspiciously.

While, some companies may follow the policy of not disclosing its name until a certain level is passed in the recruitment process, the details in the job offer should still give a clear idea about the business of the company and the job responsibilities.

If you get a suspecting e-mail asking for your details for a potential job offer, do plenty of research to ascertain the genuineness of the mail before replying to it.

You should check whether the e-mail ID appears genuine corporate e-mail address or not.

You can also call up the company and ask for the person in whose name the mail was sent to you, in order to cross-check the content of the mail.

Now a days personal INFO COLLECTORS are available for service charges . You can seek their help in the Cities and places where Jobs are offered , to verify the veracity of the facts mentioned about the employer.

Conclusion: Do not be in a hurry in your approach and have more transactions with which faulty intentions can be traced. It is basically the sense of screening and the art of selection of the right employer .

While it is INTERVIEW for the employer , it is OUTER VIEW for the employee.!!!

C.EASHWER - SINGAPORE
Published: 2006-04-29
Author: Chockalingam Eswaramurthi

About the author or the publisher
Iam a Professional writer dedicated to sharing the knowledge on topics of Public interest, be it Management , Leadership , Social service , World Politics , Personalities , Industries , Health , Computers , Policy making , Governments , Book review etc., Iam from Singapore . My e mail id is : eashwer@pacific.net.sg

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