Unfortunately, sometimes an online job posting isn’t real. For every legitimate job advertisement online, there are around 60 to 70 job scams. So, taking the time to see if you should apply for that job is a good idea.
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell the great jobs from the scams. But the good news is there are lots of pointers in this infographic from resume.io that can help you in your decision-making process.
How to Decide to Apply to an Online Job Posting
Be sure look for companies with recognized names and search for them on reputable sites. While you’re there, take a look at the reviews, and don’t skip over the bad ones. A lot of bad reviews on job boards will usually mean this isn’t a great place to work. Be wary of any company with an @gmail.com or similar free email address. And any job that asks for confidential information up front is a serious red flag. In fact, if an online job posting asks for your bank details or social security number you are at serious risk of identity theft.
Other jobs look unbelievably good. Roles that are “stay at home” or offer unrealistic benefits should be checked twice. You may find yourself caught up in a low wage scenario in these cases. E
ven if they are not a con, not all jobs are a good fit. A job that upsets your work-life balance may leave you feeling upset and frustrated with the company. There are classic warning signs to look out for here, including job descriptions that mention “high stress levels” or “be available outside of regular working hours.” These jobs may not have the best work environment, so be sure to take that kind of company culture into consideration before applying.
The bottom line here: If an online job posting looks too good to be true… don’t apply!