Recently, fraudulent job postings are being discovered and reported on various job posting sites (e.g., Indeed, ZipRecruiter, CareerBuilder, LinkedIn).
Employers should be aware of these fraudulent job postings and the warning signs that accompany them. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website offers some examples of job scams along with tips for applicants to consider when job searching.
Indeed offers several warning signs to recognize a fraudulent job posting. These signs may include the following:
- Pay is extremely high
- Job requirements and descriptions are vague
- Organization contact information is missing
- Application requests confidential information
- Communication is unprofessional
- Interviews are scheduled electronically
- Posting may include typographical errors
While HR departments can’t prevent these fraudulent acts, they can be vigilant in monitoring posting activities. Visiting internet hiring sites monthly to check for invalid postings is key. When using these job sites, always direct your applicants to your own application system. Another idea is to post a warning message on your HR website informing applicants you will always direct them to your own application system and encourage applicants to report any suspicious posting activity. It’s important to take all applicant reports seriously.
Emma Dooley is a communication specialist intern at TASB HR Services. Send Emma an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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