Evaluating Job Postings Notice

 

Greenville Technical College Career Services makes every reasonable effort to screen employers and opportunities that appear on the Career Central job board website. However, we cannot guarantee that every employer and posting you will encounter is legitimate. Consequently, we urge users of the site to learn as much as you can about the opportunities you are considering.

THE CAREER SERVICES OFFICE SCREENING PROCESS IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR USING YOUR OWN DUE DILIGENCE.

If you suspect a posting is fraudulent, do not click on any links and do not provide any personal information.

Evaluating Job Postings

Thoroughly research the Employer and the opportunity. If you suspect a posting is fraudulent, do not click on any links and do not provide any personal information. Please contact Career Services immediately and end all communication with the employer.

Generally, if the posting or secondary communications engages in any of the following practices, you should proceed with caution and alert Career Services as soon as possible: 

  • The posting lacks all or some of the following information - company name, address, contact information, telephone phone number, a domain email address, etc. 
  • Offers to pay a large amount of money for disproportional little work 
  • Offers you a job without interviewing/interacting with you 
  • Requests personal information from you such as your social security number, bank account numbers, credit card information, copies of your passport, license, photograph or other personal documents 
  • Requests you to transfer or wire money from one account to another or make any payments by wire service, money order or courier 
  • Offers you a large payment in exchange for being allowed to use your bank account – “use” defined as depositing checks or transferring money
  • Requests that you pay upfront – for anything
  • Offers to send you a check before you do any work or send you a large check unexpectedly
  • Postings with spelling and grammatical errors 
  • A website without clear description of the employer/business, an index or information on the posting 

What can you do to research a company and a posting:

  • Google the company name and the word “scam” 
  • Go to Monster.com, which lists descriptive words in job postings that are associated with fraud (ex. remuneration, package-forwarding, wiring funds) and follow up on the site’s suggestions.
  
Additional Resources for Fraudulent Online Postings: 
If you believe you are the victim of fraud resulting from a posting, please contact law enforcement, as well as the Career Services Office. If the incident occurred completely over the Internet, you can file an incident report with the US Department of Justice, or by contacting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

 
If you are hired and have concerns about the legitimacy of the company or an unsafe work environment, contact the US Department of Labor.