for avoiding job scams
Know exactly what
services are being offered. The company may only provide advice or help writing
a resume. Some fraudulent employment services simply sell lists of companies that
they have gotten from public directories. They may not have contacted those companies
directly or know if there are really any job openings.
- Never pay a fee
upfront. Most legitimate employment agencies don't charge unless they actually
succeed in getting you a job, and often it's the new employer who pays.
- Be cautious about e-mails offering help getting a job.
Many unsolicited e-mails are fraudulent.
Document all promises. Print out the information so you can prove what you were
promised. Be wary of promises to help get you a government
job. If a test is required, the government usually conducts it. No employment
service can guarantee that you'll qualify for a government job or arrange to get
you special treatment.
may not be worth the paper they're written on. Fraudulent employment services
will use an endless string of excuses for why you're not entitled to a refund.
Do your own research. Use the public library,
newspapers, the Internet and your state employment office to find the job that's
right for you.