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Do You Know How to Spot a Fake Job Advert?

Posted: November 17, 2016 at 2:12 pm | Author: Chris Davies

If it sounds too good to be true, is written in poor grammar and asks you to fork out cash before you start – it’s likely to be a fake job advert

Recent research showing how graduates and students are frequent targets for job scams shows just how important it is to know how to spot a fake job advert – but do you?

Their latest study of 10,000 UK job hunters, carried out by CV Library in partnership with the e-crime non-profit organisation, SAFERJobs, found that 1 in 3 job scam victims are either currently at university or have graduated within the last year.

Scam recruiters tend to target graduates and students because they are often strapped for cash. They are designed with students in mind: ‘no experience necessary’ is a sure applicant-puller for young people who have just started out, are in debt and want a job fast.

With more recruitment being done online it is easier for scammers to operate. With that in mind students and graduates need to be able to tell the difference between a genuine and a fake advert. CV Library says there are some tell-tale signs that show the difference, which you can find out more about on their website below.

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