Tips for Summer Safety Online: How to Recognize and Avoid Scams as One Wades Through the Pool of Online Jobs

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By taking the proper precautions, the Web can be a safe and effective place for you to find that perfect job. These five tips can help you avoid the phishers and fraudsters and safely navigate through the pool of online job listings.

Maybe you’ve just graduated from college and are looking for your first “real” job, or perhaps the summer season has caused a slow-down in your work and you’re on the prowl for something new. Whatever the reasons, summer is a great time to start digging through a sea of online listings to find the dream job.

Everyone takes some type of precaution when setting out for summer fun, such as using sunscreen or life vests. However, few people have the same cautious attitude when embarking on their online job hunt. The Internet has made searching for jobs a snap, but it has also opened up the doors to online fraudsters out to get the unsuspecting surfer.

“The Internet has proven to be the best tool for finding a job,” said JillXan Donnelly, president of The Career Exposure Network™. “However, far too many people are fooled by the promises of money for nothing and can be easily lured into a scam. We all need to keep in mind that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

While online job banks can be a great resource for helping one narrow down the seemingly endless pool of listings, not all sites are equal. In order to maximize your job searching efforts and attempt to avoid online scams, one should look for an online job bank that includes detailed postings from reputable companies.

By taking the proper precautions, the Web can be a safe and effective place for someone to find that perfect job. These five tips from Consumer Affairs can help one avoid the phishers and fraudsters and safely navigate through the pool of online job listings:

1. Do not disclose your Social Security Number.

2. Do not give out financial information.

3. Check the company’s contact info and Web site.

4. Watch for indications that the listing is bogus – misspellings/bad grammar, email address not affiliated with the company’s domain name, etc.

5. Be cautious of postings from overseas employers.

Additional resources to enhance job searches can be found at The Career Exposure Network sites, including career development tools, career and employment news, professional associations and employment opportunities across the US. For more information visit CareerWomen.com (http://CareerWomen.com), DiversitySearch.com (http://www.diversitysearch.com), MBACareers.com (http://www.mbacareers.com) and/or CareerExposure.com (http://www.careerexposure.com).

About The Career Exposure Network™

The Career Exposure Network is a privately held e-recruiting network of premier niche sites that has been helping Fortune 1000 employers find top quality Women, Diversity and MBA candidates since 1996. Sites include CareerWomen.com, DiversitySearch.com, MBACareers.com, CareerExposure.com, PostJobs.com, PostResume.com and CareerNews.com.

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