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Make Sure You Are Applying For A Job, Not For A Scam.

Whether you are a recent graduate looking for that first job, or maybe you have decided it was time for a change in your life, searching for a new job these days usually starts online. With the current pandemic, more people than ever are looking for jobs, and the cybercriminals know it! Here are some tips on how you can protect yourself from falling for a fake job and giving out your sensitive data.

Craigslist is not a job board.

Craigslist is where you go to find used furniture, not your next job. Take your job search to the safest level. When looking for a job, or researching one, use reputable sites such as LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and Indeed.

Make sure all home networks and security are up to date.

Sometimes when applying for a job online you will be asked to download an application. This is not uncommon, but it is very easy for cybercriminals to use this as a way to get you to download ransomware or other nefarious applications onto your device.

Know who you're sending your information to.

Refer back to rule one, do your research. When applying for a job you will be asked to provide personal information. It's important to know who you are sending that information to. If you have doubts about who you are sending your information to, a great place for research is LinkedIn or the company website. Be sure to look for an email address associated with the company and never send your information to a personal email address.

Be careful to always read the privacy information and fine print.

Some sites use your job search information to sell to other companies, third parties, and email solicitors.

Your resume is not your life story.

Your resume does not need your full mailing address, multiple phone numbers, your social media links, or other personal details. It's important to wait until this information is needed.

Lastly, research job offers before you accept them.

And when you do get that job offer, be sure to do your research! This is always encouraged when applying for a job.  Not only will it show that you're willing to go the extra mile, but it could save you a lot of hassle if the job turns out to be a scam.

Applying for a job can be stressful, but following these tips can help make easy to find the right jobs and avoid the scams!