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How to Spot a Fake Job Ad

When you have been out work and searching for a job, you can sometimes get a bit desperate. The problem is there are so scammers out there looking to take advantage of you in your time of desperation. Think you can tell a real job posting from a fake one? Think again. Scammers are always coming up with new ways of faking you out with their fake job ads.

If the ad lists a really high hourly rate with very little job information, chances are itís a fake ad. Remember the old adage, ďIf it looks too good to be trueÖ?Ē Think realistically. No one is going to pay a lot of money for very little work. No one that you would want to work for, that is.

Ads promising to start you off as a manager or supervisor with paid training? Unfortunately, managerial or supervisory positions donít come along that easily. If the ad states ďno experience needed,Ē itís time to put your thinking caps on again. While there are plenty of manager and supervisor positions available, there are too many job seekers with experience for a company to hire someone without. These positions usually tend to be sales jobs. The only things you will manage are the accounts you have to cold call to get.

What about all of the insurance jobs? Many of these are not technically fake, but the job may not be what you think. There are tons of jobs out there for insurance agencies. They are legitimate jobs, but you need to be one heck of a salesperson. Most of these jobs require cold calling. There is one very famous insurance company that admittedly over-hires for certain metropolitan areas to make sure their name saturates the market. They lure naÔve job seekers with promises of fully paid vacations in lavish vacation spots, just by becoming a top seller. They actually make you believe you can do it, even if youíve never sold as much as a stick of gum. Donít fall for it. Unless insurance is your chosen field, you will put in long hours and spend a lot of your own money trying to find clients.

Do they ask for a small fee in order to bring you on board? Real companies donít ask you to pay to work for them, unless itís for uniforms.

In-home care or personal assistant? Writers, disabled employers all wanting you to come to their home as a personal assistant. Yes, these jobs actually do exist, but if you find it on Craigís List, think twice. Here again, donít be lured into a dangerous situation you have not checked out first.

Many times, fake job ads are often very difficult to spot. Donít fall victim. Take care when applying for any job that requests personal information, yet doesnít offer any real job details.

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