Sometimes in life, our actions are completely counterintuitive. For example, deciding to go on a diet. The first thing most people do is think they must eliminate something or cut back. In reality, the challenge of a diet is you must add more good foods versus taking away bad foods. The good naturally replaces the bad. But, it's a huge challenge to plan and add good healthy foods to your diet five to six times a day versus going to the drive-thru two times a day. The same is true for your job search.
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The job search process is already difficult enough. Now, throw in the fact that job seekers have to be on the lookout for fake job postings.
This is an unfortunate fact of life for those looking for a job in today's market, but luckily there are some simple ways to spot these fake postings.
Your Research Comes Up Empty<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQ4MjY4Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NjgwNDcxOX0.3xHSzCtMwleaUtPddb6eqQNYRyCy62mi5tqDWUMlOAc/img.jpg?width=980" id="a47cc" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="85c47d218666c850b5adfcd46c95d101" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="A job seeker is perplexed by an online job posting." /><p>A simple search of a company on the internet should contain a diverse wealth of information about a company, including a link to its website, and other third-party websites that contain information about the company, such as <a href="https://www.glassdoor.com/" target="_blank">Glassdoor</a>, <a href="https://www.indeed.com/" target="_blank">Indeed</a>, and <a href="http://linkedin.com" target="_blank">LinkedIn.</a></p><p><a href="http://linkedin.com" target="_blank"></a>This is especially true now with so many companies focusing their efforts on good <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-build-employer-brand" target="_blank">employer branding.</a> Companies are pushing digital content through third-party websites, and their company websites and social media accounts, to tell their stories and give job seekers some insight about what it's like to work at the company.</p><p>If your research on a company comes up empty, then that may be the most obvious red flag of all.</p><p>In addition, you should also be able to easily find a contact in human resources to send your materials to or reach out to with any questions. If that information isn't included on the posting, and is impossible to find, that should set off even more alarm bells.</p>
The Posting Contains Multiple Typos And Grammatical Errors<div style="width:100%;height:0;padding-bottom:56%;position:relative;"><iframe src="https://giphy.com/embed/yLV9y5wb0Qb1m" width="100%" height="100%" style="position:absolute" frameBorder="0" class="giphy-embed" allowFullScreen></iframe></div><p><a href="https://giphy.com/gifs/hd-yLV9y5wb0Qb1m">via GIPHY</a></p><p>Reputable companies take the process of recruiting new talent extremely seriously. They're going to spend a lot of time crafting the job posting, and they're going to make sure it has been proofread.<br></p><p>If a job posting has multiple typos and grammatical errors, you should be very suspicious. Look at it this way: <strong>E</strong><strong>mployers will throw out a job seeker's cover letter or resume for such errors, so job seekers should hold employers to the same standards.</strong></p>
The Posting Gets TOO Personal<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQ4MjY5My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwMTc0MDQxMH0.wFr-Y80a6jA2euEtDmcNZ4NdHX3Bfogu70Q728akff8/img.jpg?width=980" id="f001d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="761c71e40732154e8314834f689a5b3d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Job seeker is confused by a request from an online job posting." /><p>Whenever you apply for a job, there's always some basic information that you must give, but there's some information you should never give out from a job posting.<br></p><p><strong>Bank Account Information -</strong> With so many people <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/tips-working-from-home" target="_blank">working from home</a> now, a common job posting scam will ask job seekers to give out their routing numbers so "the company" can pay for equipment to help them do their jobs. Sound suspicious? It should, because it's bogus. The exchange of money or banking information should never be involved in a job posting.</p><p><strong>Social Security - </strong>Most job postings don't ask for a Social Security number right off the bat. That usually comes much later in the process.</p>
The Posting Sounds TOO Good To Be True<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="2b20766d3e69a88fb3c77584cf820672"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UEioCkY0E3Y?start=45&rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>This warning sign may be a little more subjective than the others, but you should keep a reasonable amount of suspicion if the job seems too perfect.<br></p><p>If you're applying for a job, there were obviously things about it that made it attractive to you, and it's not uncommon for employers to list <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/small-employee-perks" target="_blank">some perks</a> in their job postings to entice top talent. However, if a job posting is littered with perks and promises, and has very little information about the actual job, then it appears it's trying too hard to attract a number of candidates, instead of the right candidates.</p><p><strong>If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.</strong></p><p><strong>One last thing to look for: </strong>Job postings by staffing companies may not always contain the name of the company the job posting is for. In those cases, you'll want to research the staffing agency to make sure it's a reputable company, not a fake posting.</p><p>By keeping your eyes open for these warning signs, you should be able to avoid falling victim to a fake job posting.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Need some more help with your job search? Check out Work It Daily's FREE </strong><a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/workitdaily-job-search-checklist/" target="_blank"><strong>Ultimate Job Search Checklist.</strong></a></p><p><strong>If you're looking for more assistance, join <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/" target="_blank">Work It Daily</a> today!</strong></p><p>Work It Daily has a team of trained career support specialists that will work individually with you to come up with a specialized plan. All of our memberships offer private coaching along with unlimited networking potential, and a library of exclusive career courses. Additionally, and for no extra cost, you'll also receive unlimited resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile reviews by our trained specialists as part of our membership.<br></p>
Hey Work It Daily Members, welcome to June!
This is Work It Daily's Weekly Update, a collection of useful information to help kickoff your week.
Hiring Trends Begin To Level Out<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzMyODI3OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyOTU0MjU3NH0.0R-JK2NCqBd2_pMli_Vcc8uAsQcvq-MIGfUq9YWojcU/img.jpg?width=980" id="2e45c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d0e4b820c9b19fe8c75aaaf2d1a1f5b1" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Company recruiters look over hiring numbers." /><p>While the COVID-19 crisis has had a significant impact on unemployment across the world, there are some promising signs that things could be slowly improving.</p><p>According to <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/global-hiring-update-beginning-stabilize-worker-mixed-karin-kimbrough/?trackingId=mYqD9tg6RdSH1KKE8QkrQg%3D%3D" target="_blank">LinkedIn's recent global hiring update</a>, after a devastating few months hiring is starting to stabilize. While that doesn't mean the crisis is over, it does indicate that for the first time in a while there's some reason for optimism.</p><p>Hiring in the United States has started to level off from its drastic decline in March and April, while the countries of Australia, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy have seen occasional spikes in hiring, according to LinkedIn.</p><p>While this is a somewhat positive trend, consumer confidence is still mixed because of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. According to LinkedIn's survey, workers in the four regions of the United States have different levels of confidence.</p><ul><li>Southeast: Workers think spending will level out over the next six months.</li><li>Far West: More than half of workers anticipate further declines in the amount of jobs available.</li><li>New England: Workers are most concerned with financial uncertainty and just over a third are expecting further declines in personal savings.</li><li>Rocky Mountain States: Workers are pessimistic about their company's one-year outlook and are less confident about their career progression.</li></ul><p><strong>What does this information mean for the average person?</strong></p><p><strong>Whether you're happy with your career or you're looking for a job, this information reinforces the need to be extra proactive and vigilant.</strong></p><p>If you're lucky enough to still have a job that you love, then continue to work hard and always seek out ways to be better. You should aim to make yourself an <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-be-an-indispensable-employee" target="_self">indispensable employee.</a> At the very least, it's important to build a strong reputation as a hard worker.</p>If you're looking for a job, the current economic uncertainty may be frustrating but you can't let it deter your <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/job-search-during-covid-19" target="_self">job search.</a> As this LinkedIn survey shows, hiring trends can change quickly. There are jobs available, you just have to look harder and constantly stay on top of the news.
Good News Of The Week<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzMyODMwMC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNzQ0ODU3NH0.h7bifBDujcjBiC0GM7cTnyd6lmr3rvsTG7Y9JDkGuhI/img.jpg?width=980" id="832a0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="0308f1cc541e81bc4a95d35279aa1c42" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Pizza Hut is offering free pizzas to the Class of 2020." /><p>It may sound cliche to some, but sometimes it's the smallest gestures that make the biggest difference.</p><p><a href="https://www.pizzahut.com/index.php#/home" target="_blank">Pizza Hut</a> recently announced that it was giving away 500,000 free medium pizzas to high school graduates who are part of its <a href="http://www.pizzahut.com/gradparty," target="_blank">Hut Rewards program.</a> </p><p>"Our brand has a long history of celebrating moments that matter—like graduations—and Pizza Hut takes pride in being a part of our customers' big days. So, it's only natural that we'd be there for students and their families to help celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2020," said George Felix, Pizza Hut chief marketing officer, in a press release. "We're proud to partner with America's hard-working dairy farmers to bring students who are missing out on their chance to cross the stage with their diploma, an opportunity to celebrate with their favorite Pizza Hut pizza."</p><p>Much of the Class of 2020 are missing out on traditional graduation ceremonies and other rites of passages as a result of COVID-19. While a free pizza doesn't make up for that, it's still a nice acknowledgement of the sacrifice these seniors are making.</p><p><strong>Businesses can't solve all of the world's problems, but whenever an opportunity presents itself, no matter how small, to make a positive difference businesses should always explore it. Not only is it good for employer branding, but it's a chance to do something good for the community.</strong></p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>How has your company evolved from the COVID-19 crisis?</strong></p><p>Work It Daily would love to feature your company in our <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/work-it-daily-covid-19" target="_blank">Employer Evolution series!</a> We're all working through this challenge together and this series is not only a way to recognize businesses, but a way to provide motivation and inspiration to others. We're all in this together!</p><p>If you're interested in participating in the Employer Evolution series contact Aaron Sanborn at email@example.com</p>
WID Resource Of The Week<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzMyODM1NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMzE4NzE5N30.zq9C04geDU0qTM3m9sfzCGVbSo9gIJJBTR-5LbX0H5M/img.jpg?width=980" id="66ba6" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="81bd65bf827b47def062b3e0d7989ffe" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Work It Daily's masterclass "8 Job Search Mistakes To Avoid Post-Crisis" is a great resource for job seekers." /><p>Summer typically means vacation time for most, but COVID-19 may be throwing a wrench into some of those plans. As a result, it may be a busy summer for those on the job search.</p><p>If you're going to be dedicating a lot of time this summer to <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/summer-job-search" target="_self">job search</a>, then it's important that you make the best use of your time.</p><strong>Check out Work It Daily's free masterclass training <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/how-to-get-a-job/" target="_blank">"8 Job Search Mistakes To Avoid Post-Crisis."</a> Not only will this class teach you what mistakes to avoid, but it will help you get your job search in order, so your time is being used efficiently and you have a better chance at success!<p><br></p></strong>
When you are unemployed and looking for work, a job search can feel even more pressured-filled. The lack of income and feelings of insecurity make it hard to stay positive and focused on the goal of getting hired. We lack confidence. However, it doesn't have to be that way!
Avoid Negative People At All Costs<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjE5NTI4Mi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMzgyMTgwNX0.iDVWkyxZOBb4KutcqiWV3mrC591nGcWHrsW4OzxSUlQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="03c44" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e79a5044a8d66a55a2d054ff25adeff2" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Surrounding yourself with negative people could hurt job search when you're out of work." /><p>Support groups seem great in theory, but are often ineffective in practice. Be selective to which events you attend and be mindful of the company you keep. If you aren't leaving the events feeling happy and energized, then you shouldn't go anymore. </p><p>When looking for work, mindset is everything. It can be hard to stay positive. There's no need to make it harder on yourself by spending time with people that make your feel worse.</p><p>The same applies for friends and family who put you down or make you feel bad about your employment situation. <strong>Stay clear of anyone who can't help you remain positive!</strong></p>
Get Extremely Clear On How You Are The "Aspirin" To An Employer's "Pain"<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f2378683a95e09f1757c36d545efb162"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YZSNcq9Z0to?start=22&rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Getting hired is all about showing an employer how you can save and/or make them enough money to justify hiring you. You must be very compelling. You do that by proving to them that you will alleviate some major pain.</p><p>Focus in on the problems companies in your industry are experiencing and initiate dialogue with as many professionals in your field as you can to discuss this problem and how you solve it. </p><p><strong>You must <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/what-is-a-personal-brand" target="_blank">brand yourself</a> as a specialist who can add value—a.k.a. be the aspirin to an employer's pain</strong>. Otherwise, you'll find your job search stalling from a lack of focus on your part, and a lack of interest on the part of the employers.</p>
Always Be Proactive<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a0d02863d1ce69fb803cd5ff19f0e0ca"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qRK2a2osyAw?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Applying to endless jobs online is the most ineffective job search tactic and unemployed person can use. You will often be screened out automatically for not currently working. Is it fair? No. But, it's reality.</p><p>The solution is to meet people and industry events and proactively ask people to set up informational interviews. </p><p>You must connect with people directly and have meaningful conversations with them, in order to get people to pay attention to you. That way, you can circumvent the online application process and get referred to jobs directly.</p><p>This is the single best way an unemployed person can remove the stigma that comes with their employment status. <strong>If you get referred by someone, the fact that you aren't working becomes less important. So, get out there and connect.</strong></p><p><strong>Want some more job search tips? Try our <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/8ways-landing-page/" target="_blank">FREE tutorial.</a></strong></p>
Are you an entry-level job seeker looking to get out there and find your first position? Making your first attempt marks the beginning of quite an adventure as you look to meet your goal of entering the workforce. As a newbie, it is easy to make a few mistakes here and there that could slow your ability to find work.