Avoid a LinkedIn Job Scam

As a college senior, I am always and actively looking for job opportunities. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are all sources someone on the job hunt can take advantage of during their search. LinkedIn is designed for career oriented individuals who want to network with others. Users can add people, endorse one another, look at profiles, and even apply for jobs using LinkedIn.

While all of this is fine and dandy there are some things LinkedIn users have to watch out for when applying for jobs, like scams. The basic form of LinkedIn is a free tool that anyone can access and use. That means not only can anyone look for jobs on LinkedIn, anyone can post them too.

Before hitting the yellow ‘Apply Now’ box, make sure to research the job and company. The job may seem glamorous and extraordinary in text, but you need to read between the lines. If the post states that the position is available immediately, no experience is necessary, or the company contacts you right after you applied- it can be a sign of a job scam. With all of these factors, it can be possible that the company does not care who they hire since they are not taking the time to gather resumes and host multiple interviews. Using sources like Glassdoor can help you research companies and what their job positions entail.

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For example, there was a job opening for a ‘Marketing Account Manager’ listed on LinkedIn that sounded like a position I would be interested in. After reading reviews on Glassdoor, I came to discover that this job was reported to be a door-to-door cable salesperson. I went into the interview anyways because the job title and description on LinkedIn made the position seem like I would be managing the cable client. Lone-behold it was a door-to-door position. Although that may be a career aspiration for some people, it was not the direction I wanted to take my career in.

So before applying for a job using LinkedIn, do your research. Websites like Glassdoor can help you make sure the posting is a position that matches your career aspirations.