26 May

As always, the first quarter of the year is the peak time for job seekers where companies are actively looking to employ new people for their new financial year. South Africa has a broad online job seeking platform which makes it easy for job seekers to connect with different recruiting agencies or hiring managers directly online.

Like any other job be it an internship, entry-level, general work, or senior level, not every job post that you come across on the internet is legit. Of course, the pressure and frustration of job hunting may get to you and make you think that a job post is true and trustworthy while it’s not. This is why you need to be cautious and vigilant of job scammers.

In today’s blog, UASA has a few safety tips for you to look out for when job hunting online that you can consider to protect yourself from becoming a victim of job scams:

Suspicious email address and grammatical or spelling errors

Typically hiring managers or recruiters send emails or provide an email for any job post from their business address not from a personal email like Gmail. This means if someone is claiming to be a hiring manager from UASA, their email address must be from a @uasa.org.za email address instead of gmail.com. Keep in mind that reputable organizations and companies have their own email address domains.

You should take a simple spelling or grammatical error on the job post as a red flag because legit companies and organizations always proofread every communication that they send out to the public. If there is a mistake in any communication they always rectify any mistake on their official website or social media pages.

Request for a payment

Any payment request from a hiring manager or recruiter during a job application process or post is a scam. According to South African law, you must not pay any money for a job or training. If a recruiter or hiring manager asks you to pay an upfront payment for any reason, you should be suspicious and cautious of such and stay away. They usually justify it as a payment for training, recruiting agency fee, background check, or uniform for the job, do not fall for such scams.

It’s too good to be true

If it’s too good to be true then it surely won’t turn out to be a legit job as it seems. Scammers generally polish the job with decent benefits and an enticing salary in order to lure in victims and that’s exactly when you need to be suspicious. Usually, a job post where there is no experience needed or pays a decent amount per hour is suspicious and you should be careful.

Protecting yourself

Before sending through your CV for any job post, do your research and check if the company is legitimate and legal first. If you are not sure a job post is real or not, you can confirm by finding an alternative contact number of the company or their HR and contact them to check if they indeed have job openings or not.

Another way to check a red flag is to research the company through google and see what comes up if they have an official website, social media pages, or reviews from clients or customers. Job scams are real and unfortunately, many job seekers have fallen victims to these fraudsters. By being extra vigilant, you can sure protect yourself and secure your dream job.

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