Are You Finding Help Wanted Ads Difficult To Figure Out Lately? How To Decode the Classifieds

April 26, 2013  |  

The job hunt is frustrating enough. The last thing you need are hard-to-decipher help wanted ads on job boards. But as Brazen Life reports, the classifieds  “are as vague as ever. You might get a run-down of the position, but good luck finding any details about salary or, in some cases, even hours or location.” The are are just trying to luring you in without giving away any of the details.

Many of these are not actually jobs and in some cases might  be scams or ads placed by agencies or consultants. But there is a way to read between the lines on that online help wanted ad.

Google the company. This will tell you if this is an agency acting as an intermediary or a direct-hire position. “If you click on a position posted on one of these job boards, a legitimate direct-hire position should take you directly to the careers section of the company’s website,” says Brazen Life. Google “Name of Company Scam” and see what comes up, the site also suggests.

Check the fine print of the ad. It should state that it is an ad for an agency that’s doing pre-screening interviews for companies. Some of these agencies might also be expecting a placement and career consulting fee from you if you land the position.

Does the ad have a little dollar sign next to it? “This lets you know the job may require an investment on your part. It’s also a dead giveaway that the job is a scam,” reports the website. Legitimate  career counselors will not seek upfront payments. Don’t respond to these ads and, if you have by mistake, do not provide any personal information.

Also keep an eye out for non-salaried, commission-only jobs. Those ads will typically list the salary as “Not Applicable.”

Finally, there are the postings for temporary or contract jobs. “You might actually need to go through the application process, or at least get in touch with the company or agency to verify whether the job is permanent,” says the website. So be prepared for a little legwork and possibly a little disappointment if it’s not what you’re looking for.

Happy job hunting.

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