As the semester comes to a close, thousands of resumes and applications will be emailed to future employers. What if I told you some of the “best” job listings out there came with a catch.
Bait ads, also known as “bait and switch” techniques are popping up on online job boards. Bait ads usually advertise an eye-catching position — think high pay, benefits and the position of your dreams. It sounds perfect, right? So, you apply, but to your surprise the job listing was just a bait tactic used to collect information.
Some staffing agencies use bait ads for data mining, a process used to collect, search and analyze applicant information. Basically, the information from your initial resume submission is stored within a giant database, and from that point forward, a staffing agency can use it as they look for candidates to fill positions similar and less desirable than the job initially applied for. Seriously?
Bait ads about the exact same job posting run on multiple sites in multiple locations. After a period of time, the job listing is taken down, but that doesn’t mean the position was filled. The same listing can pop up again — to continue to build a database.
Misleading job listings are often posted to online job boards, however with a little helpful advice from BBB you can become the boss of your summer job search.
To avoid becoming part of a candidate database for jobs you are not really interested in, follow my checklist:
- Verify a real phone number, email address and company name in the listing. Employer contact information will be clearly available if the job posting is legitimate.
- Never pay a fee. Imposters will often solicit an application fee or suggest a job seeker pay for training — don’t pay!
- Hold on to your personal information. Interview responsibly in person, over the phone or via Skype. Bogus employers have been known to use messenger apps to conduct interviews and collect personal information.
- Be curious. If there is something that you want to know about the potential employer or position, just ask.
From an intern’s point of view… Remember that you have a vast amount of resources and tools to help find employment opportunities. A good place to start your summer job search is with a campus career services advisor. An advisor can send you in the right direction when it comes to landing a summer gig and discovering your workforce potential. Tools provided by your university – like career guides and job fairs – and trusted online job search engines are great resources to help you become familiar with the job market, and perhaps, land you a shiny new summer job.
How do you search for credible jobs online? Leave your comments below.