The job-hunting scene has changed dramatically in the last few years. Gone are the days of submitting a paper application to a business by hand.
Nowadays, we are more likely to trawl through websites which showcase what jobs are available. This is great; we get an opportunity to see all sorts of jobs from businesses that we might not necessarily walk into physically.
However, there are some safety concerns when visiting these online job boards. The internet is a scary place and hackers and scammers can be rife on these websites. You might not consider safety when looking for jobs, but it is essential to make sure that your information is safe and secure.
How to Stay Safe: Use Trusted Sites
Only use legal job boards, or boards that are known to be reputable. These include websites like Indeed. You can also use companies’ own websites, but make sure that you know the company before going through this process. For example, Sainsbury’s and Costa are fine – but a seedy-feeling casino is not.
Be Wary of Uploading Your CV
Be Careful with Personal Data
Some websites will ask you to supply your personal information. This can be a risk so be careful – you generally don’t need to supply your birth date, your mother’s maiden name or social security number in most instances. There is also a danger that your information could be stolen by hackers. It’s also a good idea to not share your social media handles – there is no real need for businesses to use them.
Of course, you may need to put in details like an email address and phone number, so potential employers can contact you. But if the employer requires details that seem a bit strange, it pays to do some extra research to ensure the validity of the job site.
Keep Track of Where You Apply
Keeping track of places you apply to is a good idea for when you finish your job hunt. You will not want your CV to be on these websites forever, so it’s a good idea to keep a track of them to take the CVs down once you’ve finished. You won’t remember all of the places that you applied to, so keep a track every time you add your CV to a website!
Watch out for Scams
Scams can find your information from ‘employers’ or the internet, including recruiters and job boards. The people who operate these scams crawl the internet and look for private details. They are then likely to email you offering an unmissable job offer.
But if it seems too good to be true, it most likely is. Often these emails are very convincing, even saying that they got your details from a recruitment agency that you may or may not have signed up for. After correspondence, you might be asked to pay to secure your place for certain things. For example, you may be offered a cruise job and be asked to pay them money for a visa and deposits for your room and uniform.
If you receive an out of the blue email from someone offering you a job, the best thing would be to trace the email back to the recruitment company that it claimed to get your information from. If you are keeping a record of where you applied, you’ll be able to discern the likelihood of its legitimacy. If you did reply to that agency, it’s a good idea to contact them to see if they sent your information to this business.
Even if the business emailing you is a well-known brand, be cautious – scammers can obtain counterfeit emails and use convincing templates for global businesses.
SAFERJobs is a service created by the metropolitan police to raise awareness about the potential dangers that can be projected on those who are searching for a job in the UK. They are supported by Gov.UK and their continued action with raising awareness has resulted in many fake jobs listings and illegal websites being taken down.
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