Don’t Get Catfished: Find Your Perfect Job and Avoid Creeps Online

You’re young, restless and searching for your perfect [job] match. You’re not looking for some fake company to lure you in, promise you the world and then steal your credit card information (even worse). Just as the Internet provides quality and very legitimate job postings, it can also be a place for scammers to target inexperienced job searchers. Job posting sites are not all bad. They can be very extremely helpful if you know how to look for quality and how to navigate away from potential scams. Follow these few tips for your next Internet job search:

Beware of “fairy tales:” Unfortunately, if the job posting is “too good to be true,” it’s probably a scam. Jobs that offer very large (very high) possible pay ranges for work that sounds minimal are not to be trusted. Google the company or job posting to conduct further research.

Keep everything legit: If the website or post looks sketchy, turn around, run away and don’t look back. Also, Google the company or job posting to conduct further research (see what I’m doing here?), other people might have experienced the same scam.

Don’t pay on the first date: If you are asked to send money, transfer money or give your credit card information to a “potential employer”, don’t fall for it. Google the company or job posting to conduct further research.

If they can’t write, it’s not right: You’re not allowed to have typos in your resume or cover letter. So, employers are not allowed to have typos in their job postings. If a job description is poorly written or overly vague, there is something wrong. Trustworthy companies should have a certain level of transparency. Google the company or job posting to conduct further research. It’s worth it!

Most professional job-search websites, like Hire Mizzou Tigers, try to weed out scam postings whenever possible. However, it can be hard to pick out each scam at first glance. During your job search, remember to use all your resources and you just might find your happily ever after.

For more information, check out the MU Career Center’s in-depth page, “Avoiding Job and Interview Scams” page.