Covid-19 has seen an unprecedented shift in the employment sector – and with this, phony job ads have been breeding. Read on to find out how to avoid the scammers.
As the pandemic sees more South Africans lose out on the job front, as well as lose out on their pockets, the desperation to find employment has forced jobseekers to ignore the tell-tale signs of scammers and phony job ads.
Now more than ever, it is imperative to be vigilant in online and offline job searches, no matter the channel of search. One platform where jobseekers are becoming victims of scammers is Facebook. According to a recent article published on timeslive.co.za, jobseekers are falling prey to fake Facebook job ads.
The article reports, “Between March and October 2020, reports of fake job listings soared by 70%, according to SAFERjobs, a UK-based organisation that tracks employment fraud.”
The article continues, “Criminals often use fake ads to con unsuspecting and desperate job hunters in SA by charging “administration fees”, “upfront payments to secure employment” or asking for payment for “police clearance” checks.”
At Express Employment Professionals, we never charge upfront fees and continue to warn jobseekers against job ads that require an upfront fee. Those requesting this fee could potentially be scammers so it is important for jobseekers to lookout for signs like this as well as other suspicious red flags.
And while the dream of a great paying job may shine bright in a world of financial darkness, it is imperative for jobseekers to not be blinded but rather be encouraged to do their research. The article reports, “Criminals rely on you trusting them too easily, making rash decisions and guaranteeing them a great pay day. Rather be sceptical, take your time, apply the rules and play your part in avoiding nasty surprises during your job hunting.”
Always Use Reputable Recruitment Companies
While job hunting can be done in our own capacity, avoiding job ads that seem fishy, or ask for fees or personal information that could see you actually land reputable employment, it’s rather safer to go with a reputable recruitment company. Not only is it safer, but you’ll enjoy benefits from faster hiring, extended reach, a broader knowledge of the marketplace, high paying jobs and other pros. At Express Employment Professionals, we focus on employers and employees with every job offered being a safe and credible opportunity. Should you be on the lookout for the best job in town, get in touch with us today to find out more.