How to spot fake LinkedIn jobs and recruiters

How to spot fake LinkedIn jobs and recruiters

Fake LinkedIn jobs and recruiters are on the rise and that is not a good thing, at all. LinkedIn is the place all professionals expected to interact with other professionals, find jobs and clinch business deals. I have used LinkedIn for a little over 6 years now. In those 6 years, the platform has greatly evolved in so many ways and so has my outlook of the platform. LinkedIn is among one of the platforms I visit daily without fail, alongside Twitter, Facebook and a host of blogs I read. Now every business professional, entrepreneur or job seeker will know that there are great opportunities on the platform. However, opportunities are only as good as your ability to spot them and grab them. This has become a big problem for job seekers on LinkedIn. The place is littered with supposedly great jobs which are unfortunately fake.

So it is pretty obvious then that if LinkedIn is to work great for you as a job seeker you need to spot the fake jobs and avoid those. It seems pretty easy at first until you ask yourself, how do I spot fake LinkedIn jobs and recruiter?

Spot fake LinkedIn jobs and recruiters

It is not always obvious that a LinkedIn job or recruiter is fake but, there is almost always a big red flag written fake. Once you go through this post you will be able to spot fake jobs and recruiters fro a mile away.

So what are some of the tell signs of fake LinkedIn jobs?

Cryptic puzzle

Recruiters usually post comprehensive information about vacancies they are looking to fill. While there is no rule of thumb on what information a recruiter should provide, if a job posting leaves you wondering then there’s a problem. Genuine recruiters will usually include at least 80% of the following information

  • Company name
  • Specific position
  • Professional email address
  • Professional skills or qualifications required

Money + Job = Fake Job

Almost always true. Never pay any money during a recruitment process. That is just one big fake job. Unless of cause you are dealing with a reputable recruitment agency which has premium subscriptions (of which most of them have free subscriptions for job seekers). No genuine recruiter will ask for your money during a recruitment process. So if you spot anything on LinkedIn that says you have to pay a little handling fee of sorts then alarm bells should go off.

Comment with details

“I am currently recruiting for Africa and Middle-East, comment with details below and I’ll review your profile.” This is just one example of a big fat recruitment lie you should never fall for.

What is the best way to collect emails from people? Offer them something they really need and ask for their emails in return. Simple, straightforward and efficient. Any recruiter that asks for you to comment with your details has fake written across their chest. Proceed with caution. I have given my details before and waited for that call up for a job offer or at least an interview. What do I get instead? Spam mail selling me male enhancement products!

Before you give away your details on LinkedIn through ‘comment below’ threads, assess the situation.

Beauty is only skin deep

Some things are just too good to be true. A recruiter looking for 20 engineers, 19 operations personnel, and 34 installation technicians is just one example of fake glitter you should never fall for. There is one reason why this kind of recruitment makes no sense. Why would a recruiter waste their time going through 5,000 LinkedIn profiles (most of which are irrelevant)? That is just a tedious job no recruiter really wants. Also, recruiters with the capacity to actually find that many candidates usually do not do it on LinkedIn. Rather, then usually post a link to their site where you can then apply.

An incomplete profile says it all

Recruiters are the people who are supposed to have the perfect resume and LinkedIn profiles, and most of them do. That makes a quick way to check the authenticity of any recruiter. If their profile is ridiculously incomplete then they are fake and anything they are posting is fake. Take caution

Fake recruiters are on the rise on LinkedIn and may frustrate your job search if you do not take caution. Always thoroughly do some background work before applying for a job and risk being scammed.

Fight back

Phishing scams and cybercrime are a rot that should be eliminated from the internet. Report anything suspicious to LinkedIn. Its every LinkedIn user’s duty to make sure it is a safe place.

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