7 signs that you have a fake job in front of you

How to understand from the text of the vacancy that the employer is deliberately hiding something from you.

The labor market of Ukraine is dynamic. Among the tempting and hot vacancies you can find “muddy” offers. Out of ignorance, you can get acquainted with not the most honest employers.

The Work.ua site moderation service manually checks all employers who register on the site and blocks dozens of registrations every day. We have already accumulated a lot of experience in identifying fraudsters and we want to share it with you. Wherever you are looking for a job, Work.ua draws your attention to 7 signs that the vacancy in front of you is a job for a negligent employer.

1. A large company hides its name

The job description contains the phrases “a large international company” or “the company cooperates with large international companies”, but it is not clear which company it is. This is the first sign that the name of the company may turn off job seekers.

2. The type of activity of the company is not clear

When the type of activity sounds vague, without specifying a specific field of activity, for example, “a young dynamically developing company”, such a wording is alarming. If at the same time the description of the vacancy is short to obscene, you need to be on the alert.

3. The company hides its contacts

That is, it does not indicate any data so that you can find at least some information about it on the Internet or from friends – a website, an address. If the employer hides this data even after you have requested it, then either the company does not have a website / office, or there is a secret.

4. You need to pay for a job or an interview

Only recruitment agencies can theoretically take money for employment. In other cases, Work.ua does not recommend paying the employer.

By the way, such requirements can be found in vacancies abroad. We have already written about how not to be deceived when applying for a job abroad, update this information for yourself.

5. They ask you to call back paid numbers

Ardent scammers who, despite the constant blocking, still try to place their “offers”. If you received a message asking you to call back the numbers with the code 070 or 090 – in no case do not call and tell us about such employers.

6. Blurred responsibilities and skills

Can be alarming:

  • Only vague requirements in the vacancy without specifics: activity, sense of humor, ability to keep up the conversation, desire to work.
  • Only a vague description of duties – running errands, working in the office, with documents, with people.
  • Flexible schedule, salary above the market average, bonus – travel abroad.

7. Ad in an unexpected place

If you find ads of similar content on poles, fences, bus stops, then you are unlikely to have a serious employer.

We do our best to make Work.ua the safest site. But if you still encounter a negligent employer through our website, feel free to complain to the Work.ua support service. We wish you not to deal with problematic employers, find your favorite job and just enjoy life.

Let’s take a look at what recruiting scams are using and why you shouldn’t pay anyone to get a job or get a job.

Scheme No. 1. Guaranteed employment

This is a strong and enticing wording, it can mean anything but real employment. For example, an applicant is offered to undergo training under a special program, after which he will be 100% accepted for a position. A person pays for a training or a course, and after that the fake employer disappears. As a result – no training, no money, no work …

Unfortunately, job seekers still fall for this marketing ploy and fall straight into the hands of scammers. Remember – there can be no guarantees that you will definitely get the coveted position, in principle. Neither your multifaceted experience, nor charisma, nor high qualifications can guarantee that you will suit a particular company.

Scheme No. 2. Payment for vacancies

\As a rule, this is done by scammers masquerading as recruiting agencies or commercial firms. Such organizations allegedly help jobseekers in finding employment for a fee. In fact, candidates are offered vacancies that are freely available: from job search sites, social networks, newspapers. Or, even worse, they are sent for interviews at non-existent companies.

But in the whole civilized world it works differently. Job seekers do not pay for the services of recruitment agencies, employers do. Therefore, if you are required to pay for access to the “base of vacancies” – run.

Scheme No. 3. Easy work at home, for which the salary of an IT specialist is promised

The goal of scammers working under this scheme is to lure money from the applicant for the opportunity to start work or to force them to invest in goods that are too expensive. Such offers are mainly distributed on the Internet and in print media, where it is difficult to verify the legality of the employer.

The most popular option is to collect pens, toys, some simple devices, glue stamps, envelopes, pack gifts, and even sort beads by color. The false employer offers to pay for the material before the start, promising to return what was spent with interest on the first salary. When you bring what you did, your product may not be accepted, as it is defective, and they will also force you to buy additional materials. Perhaps the scammers will completely disappear from the radar with your money.

This scheme is as old as the world, but desperate job seekers continue to believe in miracles and easy money. But alas, the miracle will not happen. If you are asked to pay for something before starting work, this should alert you. You don’t have to pay for anything.

Scheme No. 4. Paid calls and SMS

If you find an attractive vacancy that does not include the contact information of the employer, do not flatter yourself, you may be scammed. For example, to contact a recruiter, you may be asked to send an SMS message instead of a resume or make a call. Send or call – and the entire amount will be withdrawn from the mobile phone account.

More options. The applicant is invited to the office of the company to fill out a questionnaire. Do you want to know about the fate of the application? Please send sms. Or you will receive a letter from a supposedly large and reputable company with the message that you have been selected and accepted for a super position. To comply with the formalities, you will be asked to register on the site and send an SMS for this. You should be alerted by such a tempting offer, especially if you have not taken part in competitions. And “large and reputable” firms are not so petty as to demand payment for communication services, coffee or document scanning.

Scheme No. 5. First documents – then work

It happened, you got a call/email and were invited to work in a well-known company! And they ask to send a copy of the passport or other documents with personal data, and in return they send an employment contract for signing. Think about whether such an offer smells of fraud. After all, this agreement may turn out to be a document for a loan from a bank. Never provide documents, personal information to a potential employer until you are sure that everything is official, carefully read the papers before signing.

In order not to become a victim of recruiting scams, it is worth remembering one simple rule – a conscientious employer or recruiting agency will never ask applicants to pay for a position and services provided.

But you should understand that in the process of employment, you can pay, for example, for compiling a competent resume, translating a CV into English, career consultant sessions. This is not a scam, but consistent steps towards your dream job. But the end result is entirely up to you.