If you’re looking for a new job online and pleased with the progress you’re making, would it even cross your mind that the dream job posting you just got excited about was fake? You’d have no reason to think that what’s advertised isn’t real; after all, why would a business post a fake position, wasting the applicant’s time and creating themselves more admin?
The reality is that there are lots of fake jobs being posted online. The quantity of fake job posts is on the rise, but what possess a businesses to go to such lengths?
Why Are Fake Jobs Posted?
What does a business achieve from a fake job post? Fake jobs are posted for a number of reasons. A business might use a fake job posting to establish how much demand there is for a position based on the interest and the number of applicants they receive. This gives them intelligence as to how easy the particular position can be filled and enable them to develop the pay package for the position around the results.
Some employers like to collect CV’s to keep on file for their own convenience. Should an employee decide to move on, the business already has a bank of CV’s to fill the position quickly. By advertising fake jobs they are collecting CV’s enabling them to prepare for a time they may need to hire. This might not seem so bad if there is an opportunity for someone at the end of it, but all those applicants have taken the time to apply for that position and gotten their hopes up when it may realistically lead to nowhere.
A business might advertise a job externally with no intention of hiring someone external. A fake job posting will create the illusion that they are searching for the suitable candidate, but in reality they already have someone lined up internally. If a business searches for candidates externally they appear to be giving a fair chance to everyone ticking some boxes on their equal employment opportunity mandate (EEO) along the way.
Some fake ads lead to fraud. An advertisement may ask for a payment to complete a police check, training, or admin. If someone is desperate for work they may be quick to hand over the cash in the hope for employment. Unfortunately, sometimes these posts are a scam, which is heartbreaking for cash-strapped job seekers.
Getting no response from an application shouldn’t cause alarm. As frustrating as it is, some companies don’t necessarily have the time or resources to reply to every single applicant; especially if the interest was high.
How Can You Avoid Wasting Your Time?
No one wants to waste time applying for fake jobs when looking for work. It’s frustrating, unfair, and could mean you’re unknowingly sharing your personal information with fraudsters. So, how can you spot a fake job posting?
If the job post is legitimate it should show on the company’s website. Taking time to do some research could reduce any risk. Look at the average salary for similar positions. Is what the job post is offering too good to be true? If the salary seems unrealistic, it probably is.
Before you apply, check the details carefully on the application and check out the business. Make sure any position guarantees some sort of salary. For example, commission only positions that send you out selling with no experience. If you’re interested in commission only, then ask the right questions first. Ask to see data showing what others have earned in previous months.
Why We Don’t And Never Have Posted Any Fake Jobs
As an established company in travel and hospitality recruitment, we have never and will never post any fake jobs. Our expertise in the industry means we take pride in being able to accommodate the market and most importantly, our customers’ needs.
If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is. Search with caution and do your research before you apply. Use a reputable recruitment agency in your chosen industry to guide you through your journey.