Wow this job seems too good to be true! Wait a second….

Sometimes, spotting scam or fraudulent opportunities isn’t as easy as it sounds – especially when something lands in your inbox and just sounds so good.  We’ve compiled some tips for helping you stay safe and savvy as you job search.  Some of the basics are noted below, and some expanded tips and available by clicking here.

  • Is the email entirely unsolicited? Do they not give context as to how they received your information or why they’re reaching out? Hmmm. Consider deleting.
  • If there’s a ‘link for more information’ and you hover over it – does it show an appropriate URL connected to the employer page? Or is it directing you to a random website that’s unfamiliar?  Yikes.  Delete.
  • Is the individual claiming to represent a Fortune 100 company, but is emailing from a Yahoo account or a non-sensical domain?  Are they offering “part-time work for great pay” with no additional details?  Do they ask you to supply them with sensitive information like your address, banking information or other personal data, as part of a response email?  Delete, delete, delete dear Huskies.

Ever uncertain if a posting you encounter, via email or otherwise, is legitimate? Email me and I’m happy to help.   Happy job-hunting!

By Emma O'Neill-Myers
Emma O'Neill-Myers Associate Director of Employer & Student Engagement Emma O