1. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is 

Jobs that tell of a get-rich-quick story, making money from doing hardly any work, or require you to pay any upfront fee are typically a scam. A real job posting shows the duties, qualifications, and experience required. Remember the phrase, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” And like the job market, you won’t be handed your dream job on a platter with the accompanying garnishes.

2. Unmonitored Sites (Craigslist)

Certain sites, like Craigslist, where you can find anything from a free couch to a girlfriend, might not be the best place to find a job. Sites like these are unmonitored and won’t be able to tell you if a posting is a scam or not.

3. The “job” is getting other people to sign up, and those people get other people to sign up and so forth… also known as a PYRAMID SCHEME

If the job requires a yearly “membership,” and requires you to get other people to sign up, then it’s what we call a Pyramid Scheme. The idea is that once you get people to sign up and pay a fee, and they get other people to sign up, this ends up being a pyramid. These are scams as well. And you might lose a few friends in the process.


One thought on “3 Ways YOU Can Avoid Job Scams

  1. Reblogged this on Iona College Career Development and commented:
    Job scams can be found everywhere, even on secure sites like GAELlink. Keep these simple tips in mind during your job search to ensure your privacy and safety. Remember never to give out private information, such as social security number or bank account information, and if the position seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you do come across a job posting that seems suspicious on GAELlink, please bring it to the attention of Career Development at careerdevelopment@iona.edu or by calling the office at 914-633-2462.”


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