How to Tell if a Job Post is Fake

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Finding a job can be hard enough without trying to tell if a job post is fake. If you’re looking for a new job in finance, it can be even harder to determine if the opportunity is real as a number of smaller firms don’t even have websites.

Although we verify every job posted on OneWire, not all websites do the same. Stay safe out there by looking for the following warning signs of a fake job post.

The job description is extremely short. One to five sentences does not accurately convey the requirements of a job. Even if the job title seems pretty straightforward, this could be a sign of a fake job post, especially if those sentences don’t offer any specifics on the role. Don’t apply!

Keywords in the job title and description are misspelled. We wish we could just say “typos” and be done with it but even real job posts have typos in them (we’re only human after all!). What could be an indicator of a fake job post is a LOT of misspelled words, especially ones that shouldn’t be. A company that needs an Investment Analyst, for example, should not be spelling it “Invtsment Anlyst” or use “CAF” instead of “CFA” in the requirements.

The link to apply doesn’t look like a real website. Before clicking the apply button, hover over the application link to see if it’s taking you to an established site. The link will appear after a few seconds in the bottom left hand of your browser. Numbers in the URL, a broken link or random letters could mean it’s a fake job post. Keep in mind that some companies do use different software to keep track of applications which can reflect in the URL.  Here are a few that are tied to applicant tracking systems:

  • .tal.net (Taleo)
  • .tbe (Taleo Business Edition)
  • .ultipro (Ultipro)
  • .icims (iCims)

They ask for confidential information on the application. In no way, shape or form should you be asked for personally identifying information beyond your resume. If at any point  during the process they want your credit card information, ask for your social security number or bank account information, it’s most likely a phishing scam. Avoid it and report it to the website if you can.

By no means are these the only indicators of a fake job post, and even if something looks funky it could still be a real opportunity. But it’s always better to be diligent. Always research the company if it’s listed in the job description. Not all opportunities are posted on a company’s website, but it’s always worth checking. You should also be researching any search firms that contact you in regards to opportunities. Just because it’s a real person doesn’t mean it’s a real opportunity.

You should always feel safe and confident while searching for a job. Rest assured, you’ll always be safe from scams when you search for jobs on OneWire.

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