Even It Up!

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Spot that fake job ad

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Fake jobs are a real concern for the jobseekers,  and placing one in either an online or mainstream publication is illegal under The Trade Practices Act 1974.  Check our latest Even It Up! media release for our views on the “practice”.  As mentioned in our media release, fake employment ads are lodged by two sources: unscrupulous recruitment companies looking to populate their databases; and unscrupulous “businesses” looking to cash in on freely available  information for identity or property theft, or to make an easy buck.

So how do you spot a fake employment ad?  There are a few dead give-aways:

  1. No details about the organisation or contact person on the ad.
  2. Generic job description (or “cattle call” if a recruitment company).
  3. If an online ad, no facility to email in your application.
  4. Asking for some sort of payment (e.g. to purchase a “starter kit”).

And how do you safeguard yourself?

  1. Use a PO Box as your contact address.
  2. Don’t include your date of birth, marital status, gender, Tax File Number or Centrelink Customer number.
  3. Consider having an email address that you have set up only for job applications.
  4. Use a mobile phone number rather than a landline number.
  5. Get as much information as you can about the organisation and the job; always talk to someone about the role, and ask them to email a job description and/or company information before you send in your CV.
  6. Keep track of your applications: where they are going, to whom and the date you sent them.

Does anyone else have any words of wisdom to safeguard against fraudsters? Or ways to spot them?

Written by evenitup

April 24, 2009 at 4:54 pm

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  1. Can I reiterate to everyone that irrespective of whether the job ad look suspicious or not, please, please stop including date of birth, marital status, gender, Tax File Number and/or Centrelink Customer number, not only for your own personal safety, but employers do not want to see this information!


    April 24, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    • Absolutely agree – although you’d be surprised at home many people still add this information in! Leave it out, people!


      April 24, 2009 at 7:02 pm

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