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Sep 9, 2022

Looking for Work and Avoiding Employment Scams

Sponsored Content provided by Rosalie Calarco - Associate State Director, Coastal Region, AARP

Earlier this month on Labor Day, we celebrated the American worker. Now, as we head into a time when summer travel is over and people are getting back to work, here is an important warning about employment scams.
 
When it comes to the labor market, the supply of jobs is outpacing demand. But that doesn’t mean that employment scams have gone away. With many workers looking for a side hustle to help make ends meet, there are still enough potential victims to fuel these schemes.

Here's what you need to know to avoid employment scams:

  • Beware of any job postings that offers a large income with little to no training or experience. 

  • Business offers that are guaranteed to “pay off quickly” or “double your investment” are also highly suspicious. 

  • Lastly, avoid any job offer which requires you to pay in advance for certification, training or materials.
     

Many of these employment scams are advertised as “work from home,” which is particularly dangerous with so many people looking for this option. Before accepting any work from home position, research the company to ensure it is legitimate.

AARP Job Resources
Looking for a job or career advancement? AARP can help you jumpstart your hunt and your career prospects with tips on resumes, interviews, networking and more.

Whether switching careers or staying in the same profession, AARP is providing the job advice every 50-plus worker needs. With AARP resources, you can compete with confidence for today’s jobs.

Most importantly, recent changes in the ways employers screen applicants could affect your chances of getting the job you want. The tips and advice in this guide can help you stay at the top of the competition.
 
Remember, employers value the experience you have to offer. But don’t forget, employment scams are out there so remembering the three tips above can help you avoid this type of fraud.
 
You can learn more about scams and fraud common in North Carolina by joining the free AARP Fraud Watch Network and watching the regularly updated AARP Fraud Watch Minutes. Click here to learn more.

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