How to Avoid Scam Jobs on Craigslist — For Recent College Graduates
Let me guess, you just graduated from college right? And, of course, just like every other college graduate, you waited till AFTER graduation to start looking for a job. And after desperately looking on Indeed or Monster, you finally decided you want to give the good ole’ craigslist a try. After all, the only person who ever called you up for an interview came from a craigslist ad. Does this all sound kinda like you? But WAIT!…Not all jobs on craigslist are as legit as their titles say they are! One does not simply graduate from college with a Bachelor’s degree and land a job where you can “Work From Home” and have a “$200,000 first year income!” These are SCAMS, my friends. So, tonight, even though it is 4:08 a.m. in the morning right now, I am going to take my time from work and teach you how to avoid scam jobs on craigslist. Yes, this article is especially geared toward those who just graduated from college and are on craigslist looking for a solid full-time, salary-based career job. But, the good news is that the contents of this article will be useful for ANYONE looking for a career job on craigslist.
1. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
What’s wrong with the picture above? Lots of things! Just look at the title…No legitimate company looking for a full-time employee on salary is going to make the title of their post “GET PAID WHAT YOU’RE WORTH”. And, like I said earlier, if you could sit at home and work and set your own hours and make $200k that easily, everyone would be doing it…Notice how this one also has the words “telecommuting okay” as part of the requirements. Avoid these types of listings. They are almost always scams. They are usually networking marketing teams or some other bogus commission-based crap. Don’t even bother emailing these listings.
2. If you see titles like “HIRING IMMEDIATELY ” or ” IMMEDIATE OPENINGS “
This one is also one that you can easily avoid. When the description mentions too many things about how you need to be a leader and have high integrity and have a desire for professional development bla bla bla…yeah…its fake. Just skip it. Like I said, these types of posts are usually scam companies who are looking for people to join their network marketing teams and are purely commission-based or are scams altogether. Notice how the compensation says “WEEKLY BENEFITS PLUS BONUSES” but says nothing about a salary. Nor does it tell you that it is commission-based. You can be certain you will waste a few seconds of your life by emailing these people and then waste a couple of minutes later when they call you over the phone and you answer. Or worse, they could call you for an “interview” and you go to find out its one of those insurance selling deals or commission-based sales…Yeah, don’t fall for it.
3. Title says things like ” Benefits Coordinator ” or “Join Our Leadership Team”
These are insurance selling job posts. I am not sure about you, but I have no such interests. They make you get all sorts of licenses and typically it is heavily, if not completely, commission-based. These people will immediately call you as soon as you have sent them an email. An “appointment setter” will contact you and immediately ask if you can come in for an interview and will give you a bunch of times within the next day or two when you can come in for an interview. They will say that have have “interviews” running throughout those times. You want to avoid these jobs also. They are getting lots of interviews because they are tricking people with their misleading job titles and descriptions. If you happen to ask them too many questions about the job such as questions about payment, they will say that they do not know and you will have to ask the “hiring manager” those questions. They will also be very vague about the job description and will insist that you come into the interview an ask those questions directly to the “hiring manager”. Yeah right… So, unless you are in the mood to sell some insurance by calling up a bunch of old people and going to their homes, don’t apply for these either.
4. Any jobs which email you right back or ask for personal information.
Any sort of email you get which asks you to give personal information is one that you ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY do not want to respond to. These are the most purest forms in which scam craigslist job ads can come. I do not have an example to show you right now (even though I JUST got one of these the other day! But I deleted the email and can’t find it), but they will usually have a paragraph of bullshit writing, followed by something like this:
DAYTIME TELEPHONE NUMBER:
BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER:
If you fall for one of these ones, I seriously pray for you…I mean c’mon! These are FAKE and are scams. If you see any mention of “Western Union” immediately dismiss it. No real employer is going to require this sort of information from you over email before they have even talked to you. Avoid these scams, PLEASE!
I know that searching for a job can be really frustration. After you graduate, your funds quickly begin to run low and you see all your friends start to get a job or get into grad school. You do not want to be the only child left behind… I understand. But, I am telling you from my own experience that you need to learn to avoid the job postings which really are nothing but just scammers trying to collect your email address or personal information. Sure, you can still email these postings and what not, but please do not answer a phone call from some insurance-selling company and drive all the way to their office to find out the truth. You will save yourself a lot of gas, time, and probably sleep too if you simply learn to avoid these basic traps and zaps. I will write another article later which will teach you how to actually search for a legitimate career job on craigslist (which do exist by the way!). There are a ton more ways I can think of to spot fake ads or commission types jobs or network marketing jobs on craigslist. But, if I just keep writing forever this article will never end. So, instead, comment below and ask me your your questions. I promise to answer every one of them and give lots more hints and tips on this topic too. Bur, for now, here is your guide to How to Avoid Scam Jobs on Craigslist — For Recent College Graduates.
Happy job searching, recent graduates! :)