Safety Tips for Your Career & Job Search

There’s a saying: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

Most opportunities on sites like Indeed, LinkedIn, AngelList, and Internships.com are real; however, it’s impossible for all jobs to be properly vetted, so you might encounter scam artists who pretend to be recruiters or employers, some savvy enough to use proper branding and domain names.

But you can protect yourself by being aware of the following red flags:

  • Interviews via text, or Google Hangouts without video
  • Interviews scheduled at someone’s residence
  • Getting an offer without interviewing with anyone on the team
  • Offer letters filled with misspellings and grammar mistakes
  • Being asked for personal info, like your bank account or social security number
  • Being asked to pay for anything at any point

You may contact your career advisor or http://eoaa.columbia.edu/  if you or someone you know experiences misconduct of a sexual, abusive, or threatening nature in a professional setting or at any time throughout the job search process. It’s our duty to report these incidents to the proper authorities. 

If you find yourself questioning the authenticity of an employer or recruiter, please report any incidents to your Career Placement Officer immediately.