Since humans began working together, there have been scams. There have always been scams concerning jobs and employment. However, I believe the depth of employment scams in the modern era have reached new lows.
I am not talking about the obvious opportunity scams. We all know the type; get rich quick, earn two-grand a week while you sleep, work from home kind of scams. For the reasonably aware person these are easy to spot and therefore easy to avoid. They do appear to be getting a bit more slick, backed up with web sites and videos and apparently legitimate names and claims. These days, a company’s good rating with the Better Business Bureau does not necessarily mean that their job opportunity is entirely on the up and up.
Looking into job scamming, I ran across an article on CNN*, that states that Staffcentrix, which is an at-home job training and development company, says that there is a 56 to 1 job scam ratio. Those are very lousy odds.
* CNN Article
I recently applied to an ad for a copywriter / proofreader position with a company called ASEC Interactive. It had a legitimate looking ad, with a legitimate looking company web site and appropriate resume submission process. I received a reply and a request to take a test and interview. Testing future proofreaders seemed appropriate. When I arrived at the appointment time, I found that I was in a cattle call for selling whole-home water purification systems. What selling water purification has to do with copy writing or proofreading, I’ll never know.
I will say that the water purification company appeared to be a legitimate company, backed by other legitimate companies, or so they seemed to be. However, none of them were ASEC Interactive. Perhaps that was a company purchased to assist with hiring. Perhaps it was a front. Perhaps it, itself, is a scam. I didn’t research much further since their job offering was so far from my goal, not to mention that I just felt duped. But there is the rub. In these times of changing society and poor economic possibilities for a majority of the populace, those with jobs to offer have the upper hand. They can cheat, shuck and jive, and even be deceptive, and still fill their job needs.
I suppose that many justify it. Since the dawn of business, business owners have complained about the hired help. Staffs are generally considered to be shiftless, lazy, uninformed, ignorant money leeches. Likewise employees often complain about management with similar demagoguery. But when things have reached a point when the job applied for bears no resemblance to the job available, the scrutiny toward the employer would seem justified, if not deserved.
Out of the thirty (30) or so in that cattle call, how many different jobs did those folk apply for? Were any of them being offered the job they had wanted when they found their respective Want Ads? My guess would be that very few, possibly none, walked in hoped for the opportunity to sell water purification systems. I would suggest that if everyone applying had known what the job was, the company would have gotten better results. Moreover, their long term retention of good salespeople would probably fair much better. But, in these modern times it appears to be easier to run a JobScam.