If you are using the internet to look for an overseas job, here’s one warning for you: not everything you see online is true.
Although there are many reliable resources on the web, you also have to consider the fact that there are unscrupulous individuals and groups that are out there to victimize people.
In particular, you have to watch out for job offers posted b fake recruiters. That way, you can avoid the hassle and heartache of being scammed. Keep in mind that not every website or social media page that uses the POEA or DOLE logo is real.
Here are other red flags you should be aware of if you are applying for foreign employment opportunities via the internet:
- They use ‘pleasing’ words.
To potential applicants, perhaps nothing sounds more appealing that the phrases “no placement fee, no salary deduction, and no exams necessary.”
Simply put, if it sounds too good to be true, then it’s probably fake. While there are legit recruiters that may use the same promises, watch out for those that are actually pretty shady in their details.
- They are in a rush.
Sometimes, you’ll read things like “deadline for application is tomorrow” or “our foreign recruiter will only be available today.”
Either way, they’ll always make it sound like you need to grab the opportunity before someone else does. The reality though is that they’re just desperate for your attention.
- They’ll eventually start asking for money.
Sooner or later, the recruiters will reveal their true colors and start asking for your money. And they’ll have very ridiculous reasons for it. In some instances, some of them may even require you to invest in networking clubs or something.
- They will contradict their own statements.
If you ask a lot of questions, you’ll notice a lot of contradictions from their statements. For example, they’ll say they are licensed recruiters (which implies that they work with agencies to process jobs) but they’ll later claim they do ‘direct hiring’ so applicants can head straight to the POEA without the help of an agency.
- They will claim they’ll send you to the highest paying countries.
Everyone wants to explore greener pastures and so that’s exactly what they’ll use to fool you. They’ll say they have job opportunities in highly sought-after countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.
Again, some legitimate recruiters also offer employment for these countries but watch out for the other signs mentioned here and you will probably be safe. If you are cautious as you search for jobs online, you’ll be able to avoid dealing with the wrong people.