Job seekers are always looking for an opportunity, and scammers know that you’re vulnerable. If it sounds too good to be true then trust your gut when it says – ‘something tells me this isn’t right’.
A recent report by the Canada Anti-Fraud Center indicates there were 68000 reported cases of general online fraud last year alone; with losses totaling at $231 million, which is more than double what was lost in 2020. The BBB also reports receiving complaints about numerous online scams they’ve dealt within these past few months including one individual who wired money order overseas after being promised a job as well. Please do remember though that not all 68,000 cases in the report related to a fake Canadian job offer.
You’ll want to avoid job offer scams by checking if the company has a history of similar offers or complaints. You can also look out for certain red flags, like high salaries and vague requirements that sound too good to be true!
When you get an email from a company, it is always best to verify their identity before responding. If the sender does not have contact information in place or appears suspicious then do not reply and instead reach out through other means available such as phone calls or social media platforms. The email may be legitimate, but there’s no way of knowing whether the sender is actually a company or someone attempting to impersonate them. If they don’t provide any contact information for replies and questions it’s likely not a genuine job offer email.
Job offers can be tempting to fall for, but you should always know the risks involved. Fake recruiters might ask for money or provide a cheque that turns out fake and leaves consumers on their hook if they purchase anything with it. Personal information including your home address/Social Insurance Number (SIN) shouldn’t just get shared; there are laws against employers demanding this kind of data.
Do a simple background check on the sender and company they are representing before you agree to anything. You should have been expecting their message if it was legitimate so don’t click any links or download anything until then. Searching for “scam” will also show some results which can help determine whether this person/organization is trustworthy. See what comes up when typing in your desired keywords along side ‘company name’.
A real offer is from a company that you know. Either it was applied for or introduced through networking – about 85% of jobs are found this way. Networking is one of the best ways to find a job. If you are in Canada, try your luck and apply for linked-in jobs offered by companies that have ties with universities or other educational institutions near where you live (this will help them know more about what kind employees they want). Your own college or university may also assist students who would like in Canada after graduation; check out their career services department.
Canada has many resources available for newcomers, whether they are in Canada or abroad. For those who want to find jobs quickly and easily there is Immigration Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC). They offer free settlement services which help with the initial stages of integrating into our society as well employment opportunities on their website. IRCC also provides access over 1 million job bank websites where individuals can search through live employment vacancies.
You should tailor your resume and cover letter when applying for a job in Canada. The Canadian style tends to require less personal information than other countries do; however, if you’re still looking at jobs make sure that they match what’s required specifically within the industry where their posted or advertised before sending off an application.