I just received email notification from the Magistrate of the District of Johannesburg that I am an heir of Lady Odetta Holmes. Who knew!?!? That long-lost, distant, royal relative, that I never heard about, is contacting me via my job seeker email account! Is that luck or what? Between this and that 750,000 Great Britain Pounds I keep winning every single day….I think I am fixed for life.
The amount of spam I have been getting seems to be directly proportionate to my increased visibility. Every time I update CareerBuilder, I get, not only, plenty of offers for commission only insurances sales positions, but phone calls from companies who want to charge me thousands of dollars to help me find a job and an assortment of jobs with “established Fortune 500″ companies. The big tip is the fact that I have NEVER seen a legitimate request to schedule an interview which was accompanied by a long list of benefits (including first year salary expectations, the promise of rapid advancement, health insurance, 401(k), vacation benefits….you can not help exhibit a little Pavlovian response.)
If they are selling the job to you before you have even met them….you can be sure that it benefits them and it will not benefit you.
However, sometimes you are in a little bit of doubt. You have to give the scammers a little bit of credit. They are getting better at it. Here is a nice rule of thumb: Google “Company Name” and the word “scam” and then do it again with “Company Name” and the word “complaints.” That should give you plenty of information to steer clear of the bad guys.
One more thing. If no one told you before, you really should set up a separate email account for your job search. Not only does, “DaveLovesBrenda@aol.com” not look very professional, but you are probably going to want to trash your job hunter email account once it starts becoming a dumpster to collect all sorts of junk email….and after you get your new job. Gmail is free and looks more “with it” than AOL or one of the old Baby Bell email accounts.
I’ll let you know if it feels OK to dive into Krugerrands.