What are some guidelines when looking for jobs on Facebook?
Here are some tips to help you in your job search on Facebook:
- Avoid jobs that seem too good to be true: If a job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Look out for employers who offer to hire you without an interview, who pay a salary before you've done any work or who promise high pay for seemingly little work (example: $12 per envelope that you stuff).
- Research the employer: To protect yourself from fraud and other scams, research the company offering employment. Watch out for job listings that have little information about the employer (example: no phone number, address or website), or employers who offer to do interviews via text or messaging app instead of in-person or video conference. Avoid listings that have bad spelling and grammar errors or vague job descriptions requiring little to no work experience.
- Report listings that ask for upfront payment: While employees may need to pay for items after they're hired, companies shouldn't require any upfront payment to apply to a job. Common fees charged in these scams include: application fees, recruiter placement fees, interview reservation fees, training fees, resume formatting/re-writing fees or background check fees. If an employer asks you to pay any of these fees, report the listing immediately. Also watch out for employers asking for money for your business travel, starting materials or training and who promise to pay you back.
- Watch out for work-from-home shipping jobs: In some shipping scams, employees may be asked to send and receive packages that have been purchased with a stolen identity or credit card, or that contain counterfeit postal money orders. These scams tend to appear as work-from-home positions and are often advertised under job titles like “package processing assistant” or “merchandising manager.” For more information on shipping scams, visit the U.S. Postal Inspection Service's website.
- Protect your privacy: While legitimate companies often require sensitive details during the application process, make sure you're entering your information in a secure form (the address bar should read "https" if you're on an employer website), and avoid giving any personal or financial details directly in Messenger.
- Don't perform financial transactions on behalf of an employer: Employers should never ask you to perform financial transactions on their behalf (example: transferring funds, accepting money, cashing checks), and if you do so, you may be liable for fraud and face further legal action. In these types of scams, you may be asked to pass a bad check by transferring money between bank accounts or purchasing work materials using a bad check.
- Meet in a safe location: When interviewing or meeting with businesses, make sure you meet in a safe place. If you need to meet your potential employer at a private home or in a more remote location, consider bringing a friend with you.
If you have any concerns about job listings on Facebook or think they might go against our Jobs on Pages Policies, you can report them directly from the upper-right corner of the post. If you believe you've been scammed, contact your local law enforcement immediately.