Online job-hunting is the trend nowadays because it is simple, fast, and convenient for both employers and applicants. However, be reminded that if it is easy for jobseekers to apply and get jobs online, it is also easy for scammer and fake recruiters to conduct their illegal activities.
So extra caution and vigilance must be observed at all times. The following are a few reminders to bear in mind:
Donít readily give cash
Legitimate companies, whether foreign or local recruitment agencies do not ask for payments prior to processing applications so remember not to give money right away. If a company requires you to send money to secure your application, it is most probably a scam. Some scammers will even offer a money-back guarantee but will disappear once payment is made.
WorkAbroad.ph does not solicit fees from applicants. Report to WorkAbroad.ph any company or agency who are requiring payment in behalf of the website.
Be suspicious of unsolicited e-mails
If you get a job offer through e-mail, ask yourself these questions before responding. Is the company/recruitment agency legitimate? Have you sent an application to this company/recruitment agency?
Do your research.
Check if you are dealing with a licensed recruitment agency and if it has a good standing with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). If you got hired directly by an overseas company, check with the Embassy of that country if the company offering employment does exist.
Be well informed
For any job offers, do not forget to ask for references. Request the name of the employer, the name of the company as well as their contact information like address and telephone numbers. Avoid agencies that operate only through telephone or mail. A legitimate placement agency will require personal appearance before it can market you to an employer.
Check the website
Send in job application only to websites containing the following information: The real name of the persons involved, (not just a company or business name), a telephone number, and a street address (not just a P.O. Box).
Keep some personal and financial information confidential
Give only details that are necessary for employers to evaluate your competence for the job. Financial information like Credit Card or Bank Account Numbers are not necessary and may even used to steal your identity.