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Dec172009

Top Ten Job Hunting Tips to Avoid Scams

From The Live Green, Live Smart Institute website some tips for green job hunters.

1# Never fill out an on-line resume and give out your passport number, driver’s license number, checking account or credit card numbers, or your social security number.

2# When asked to complete an on-line security check form for the purposes of the national security (Patriot Act) do not give out any personal information. Do these forms in person and in an office where you know who will get the information and how it will be used.

3# Some sites ask for a credit card to list your resume or to represent you. Don’t do this, it could be a scam or you just wasted your money for no real benefits. Quality recruiters don’t require upfront money; the employer pays the fees.

4# Avoid predators; don’t send pictures of yourself; don’t send your social link address (Facebook). Stay with sites that you feel comfortable with. Never visit a job site or recruiter’s office or home without a good sense of how safe this location is.

5# Is the job really green, many green jobs are really only jobs painted green. Example: Sales jobs for ordinary cleaning supplies are not really green and often have great titles like VP of ECO Products. Later you find out everyone is a VP.

6# Thoroughly check out the organization or company listing the job before you fill out a resume or go to an interview. Your personal information will remain in your control this way. Because the job site is big and well known does not mean they are directing you to jobs they have screened or organizations or companies they have vetted. YOU are responsible for your own screening process.

8# When you find a bogus job site inform the Attorney General in your state, post the potential issue on blogs and message boards, don’t let green jobs get a bad name. v

9# Sites with locations in Nigeria, Russia and most of Africa are likely bogus. When you get an e-mail response telling you someone’s father died and they need to have you help them get millions of dollars out of the country, you know how they got your address.

10# When the position says “ Senior Environmental Engineering Position, no previous environmental experience or degree required, you have a fake position. The good green positions require experience or a degree. Look between the lines. They are trying to get your resume, e-mail address or generate traffic to a new site.

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