When job hunting, don’t send your resume out to just any online job ad.
Seek.com.au and others are full of fake job ads, where your personal information is being sold by fake-job advertisers to companies who then try and talk you into doing a “free” training course, to get the job.
At the moment they are targeting Food Processing, Process Manufacturing, Horticulture and Hospitality, and they are picking the regions where people are in the most need of work, and in doing that, creating a lot of harm.
Ever wondered why the same jobs are advertised week after week and never seem to get filled? Or why there are no call backs or follow-ups, just calls about training from a company you never applied to?
They now have your resume – your name, your phone number and email; work history and education history.
Many people will provide more detail thinking this is a real opportunity – home address, DOB, education history, work status, all sorts of personal information, hoping to have the best, most thorough resume to get the job.
Where else is your information going? Who else is it being sold to?
If a job ad doesn’t have a contact phone number or email address, if you can’t find the name of the company on Google, don’t apply.
Think twice before applying for these jobs that turn up week after week.
If you suspect you have applied for a fake job, or spot one, you can click the “report job” link at the bottom of the seek.com.au
You can also report it to the Australian Government Scamwatch