Technology has made life easier for millions of people, including those who are looking for a new career. Rather than delivering resumés in person, the internet enables job seekers to apply to postings with just a few clicks of a mouse.
Despite how simple it has become to submit an application, it’s important to stay smart and safe.
Here are four key things to keep in mind when applying to jobs online:
1. Your resumé and cover letter(s) must be updated.
Take the time to optimize your resumé and CV before you start sending them out. Include your most recent employment history, related skills, and other relevant experiences. Make sure your social media profiles are cleaned up as well, especially including your LinkedIn portfolio.
2. ONLY apply to postings on reliable websites.
Although there are tons of job search sites to browse through, stick to the popular ones (like Indeed, Monster, and CareerBuilder) to reduce your chances of getting scammed.
But don’t just send your resumé to anyone…
3. Make sure the place you’re applying to is legitimate.
Watch out for fake listings — identity thefts love to steal information from resumés.
If an opportunity sounds way too good to be true, it probably is (or you hit jackpot!). If research shows countless negative company reviews or no information at all, chances are you’ve stumbled upon a fraudulent post.
Fortunately, there are resources available that can help you determine whether or not a job listing is real…
4. You can always check the organization’s authenticity by running their contact information through a reverse directory.
Trust your gut on this one. If you want to be extra careful either before applying or heading to a job interview, don’t hesitate to do some investigating.
Conduct a quick reverse address lookup to see if the office is really where/what the job poster claims it to be. If you can’t find the company’s address, you can also perform a search using their phone number.
Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Do you have anything to add to this list? Have you ever fallen victim to a fake job post? Share with us in the comments below!