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Spotting job scams

Spotting job scams

If you're on the job hunt, you will need to be wary of scams.

Whether you have just completed a school-based apprenticeship and are ready to embark on your career, or you’re making a job change – employment is a large and exciting part of life.

Recent graduates on the job hunt will be no doubt aware of the employment process, having their resume and interview skills honed to perfection.

However, with the rising power and influence of internet-based recruitment, it is important that employment hunters be aware of the increasing number of job scams.

Australia’s booming mining industry can be largely attributed to the increasing number of bogus jobs on offer – luring hopeful employees in with the promise of six-figure salaries in unskilled positions.

For those on the hunt for a new job, keep the following considerations in mind to ensure you don’t fall victim to a scam.

Hold onto your cash

One of the biggest giveaways for job scams is the request for upfront payment. A legitimate mining company will never ask for money for training, as this will all be covered in your employment.

Be wary of giving out confidential information

If a prospective employer asks to see confidential information before the interview stage – such as qualifications, tickets and certifications – be wary. Keep this private information safe until you meet in person.

Picking the tell-tale signs

There are some obvious signs which are a dead give-away for job scams. Poor grammar and spelling mistakes is a good indicator, as are fake details on their website.

Too good to be true? It probably is

This old adage is important to keep in mind when spotting illegitimate job offers. If an international company is offering large salaries for unskilled workers ask yourself why? Most foreign countries will be unlikely to issue visas for unskilled workers.

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