How to Spot a fake Canadian job offer in 5 easy steps.

Here are some of the information that may indicate you have a fake job offer on your hands:

  1. If you didn’t apply for it, then it’s probably not real. Unwanted job offers rarely have an application attached to them. These kinds of offers don’t come from the company you applied to, and they typically don’t correspond with a job that you applied for.
  2. They may offer a seemingly high salary, but with vague requirements and little to no description of actual expectations. Typically, upon closer examination, their job posting is offering a commission-only position which has a very limited scope of work involved. Their job ad is usually designed to appear like they are desperate to find anyone or anything that will bring them, clients.
  3. Though you may see another person’s email address, what you are really looking at is a combination of symbols that can tell you all you need to know about who it is the email is from. For example, variations of letters and numbers that look anything but legitimate automatically raise some red flags. However, keep in mind a lot of newer companies use Gmail or Yahoo for their professional emails as well. All in all though, if there are any red flags or inconsistencies—it might be best not to reply to suspicious job offers as they could just be scams into stealing your identity.
  4. As an applicant, it may happen that a fake recruiter contacts you asking you to pay money in order to get the job offer. They may ask you to cash a cheque or give them your personal information. You should not have to pay for a legitimate job offer and you should also not be required to part with any personal details such as your name, address, phone number, or e-mail address.
  5. They ask for private details such as your Social Insurance Number (SIN). Unless they need it to pay you or hire you, or you are legally required by law to provide it, you should only ever give out your SIN to secure identity verification.

Find Unique Job Offers: Network & Apply :

You might not know this, but the majority of jobs are secured through networking. Linked-In estimates this figure to be around 85% – meaning you have to build those vital networks that will help you find a steady income in your future career! So, with that in mind, if you’re looking for work right now, start with some people you already know and see how they might be of assistance! If you know many people already in Canada, it’s worth asking them to send over some job leads as there’s a good chance they’re either hiring or know someone who is.



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