Job Search Safety Tips

  • Use common sense when applying for off-campus employment. If a potential employer asks you to participate in an activity that makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t do it.
  • If a position sounds “too good to be true” it most likely is.
  • Be wary of check-cashing scams. If someone asks you to deposit a check or money order into your personal account and send money to another individual, you should refuse. Don’t deposit a check or money order into your personal bank account and forward a percentage to the new employer, keeping a "commission."
  • If a position is offering jobs with state or federal level that have been previously “undisclosed” it should be avoided. State and federal agencies post all of their positions on the official government employment site (ie. and will not “hide” positions from the public.
  • Postings offering a job “guarantee” or asking you to buy study materials, send money for certification or placement should be avoided. Legitimate organizations do not make guarantees or ask for payment to hire or train you.
  • Avoid job listings that use language such as “money transfers” or “wiring funds.” If a legitimate employer requires you to transfer money for your job, the money will come from the employer’s business account, not your personal account.
  • Do not offer personal financial information. A potential, legitimate employer will not request your bank account, credit card or Paypal account number or other information.
  • Do not fax copies of your identification or Social Security number to an unknown person. Offer these documents to your employer only when you are physically at the place of employment.

For more examples and general information watch the Federal Trade Commission video on job scams.