Recruitment Fraud

Recruitment Fraud

Recruiters make up almost 80% of the vacancy traffic here at My Job Hub. For the unaware, Recruiters, Agencies or Recruitment Consultants as they may be known are used by companies to search and select temporary or permanent staff. They may be retained so that companies use them to find every single new member of staff or they might be used on an ad-hoc basis to cope with growth, peaks in business or to cover staff absence.

A hot topic featured in this weeks BBC Fake Britain was the rare but extremely damaging issue of Recruitment Fraud. Sites like ours are take painstaking effort to vet and manage the thousands of adverts and advertisers each day, that said, it never hurts to know what to look out for.

In 2008 the Metropolitan Police created the Safer Jobs in order to help protect job-seekers, employers and service providers from crime during the process of communicating and fulfilling/acquiring employment opportunities

Below are a few examples of areas to be cautious about an examples of issues raised to Safer Jobs in recent months.


04The fake background check
Certain roles that have the responsibility of care or security will naturally require the Candidate to be security vetted. More often than not, this vetting comes in the form of a DBS Check. DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) is the replacement for the now defunct CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) check. In recent years there has been a rise in recruiters asking for money up-front to undertake a check before any jobs can be applied for and then pocketing the cash and becoming conveniently unavailable when contacted without work ever materialising.



Travel & subsistence advance
This scam has arisen in roles based overseas or outside the Candidates locality. The “employer” claims that they will require costs covering for relocating the Candidate, for travel, accommodation or insurance. Students have recently been the target of scams for jobs that seem too good to be true offering opportunities, pay and career progression all for a small fee, of course. Often it is claimed that the Recruiter needs to organise the transfers themselves, through their own agent or because they are putting everyone on the same flight/coach and so the Candidate is asked to transfer funds before they can be considered for the role.


Premium rate phone numbers
If you are requested to call the recruiter and they don’t seem to have a local rate telephone number, a normal looking mobile number or you can’t find their branch number online, be cautious! It’s a rare one but it has been reported HERE some unscrupulous entities have encouraged job seekers to call their rather expensive numbers without any job opportunity ever materialising.


For work in care, industry or other safety critical areas, training is essential. Ideally recruiters will seek Candidates with full certification. More established Recruiters may run regular courses and allow candidates to opt-in and up-skill. Unscrupulous recruiters may use such courses to generate revenue from workers unaware that the qualification holds no value and the training may be incorrect and unverified.


The above is just a small snapshot and an absolute minority of the scary bits of finding a job. rest assured that it’s rare and on a site such as ours, you wont get caught up in anything nasty, but it’s always good to know! The team over here at My Job Hub are all a bit experienced in this sort of thing and our advice is this:
Be cautious if you are are asked to pay up front fees. Although checks may be necessary, if money is being sought before you have met with the recruiter, found out about their Client or fully registered your personal details then alarm bells should quite rightly ring. It makes perfect sense that it is better for the
Recruiter to qualify you for a job based on your CV and personal details before they should request money.
Be very cautious if you are asked to pay fees by e-money. E-money is equivalent to cash and allows scammers easy access to the funds but often makes it very difficult to trace their identity, Western Union, PayPal or electronic payment cards are all classed as “E-money” some more reputable recruiters will even cover any costs and deduct them from your first wage or perhaps in the rarest of occasions, (since it’s of benefit to them and their client) cover the cost for you. Asking to be paid via anonymous payment routes and non provision of bank details should always raise concerns.
Beware of fast-track starts. Certain jobs may, quite rightly, be able to start very quickly. Trades like Care, Engineering or Construction have very standardised practices and so jobs can be started very quickly, not all jobs are the same though! If you seem to land the dream job overnight, exercise caution if it’s unusual that they might hire without an induction, interview or meeting you first.
Vet the Recruiter. Reference checking isn’t one way. A recruiter should want you to work for them and you should also want them to work with you! Check their website. Google the company name and make sure that you’re happy that they have no skeletons in their closet. Add your recruiter on LinkedIn and take time to know them and their other Clients.
Accreditations. Several trade bodies exist in the world of Recruitment APSCO, REC, IOR [Hyperlink all] that exist to raise professional standards and encourage accountability. Recruiters registered with a trade body are more likely to conform legally and ethically.
If it’s too good to be true… Lastly but not leastly is the old adage that if it sounds too good to be true, it may well be! Working from home, higher than typical pay or opportunities given to the vastly under-qualified should all ring alarm bells. Do your homework! If you’re going to be putting in many hours and possibly years with your next employer, honestly, a couple of hours research isn’t so bad.

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10 Great questions to ask your Interviewer [INFOGRAPHIC]

So you’ve polished your CV, applied for the position and been accepted to the interview stage. Well done you! But, as the interview nears its end there’s the inevitable “have you got any questions you’d like to ask us” bit.

“how much do you want to pay me” or “can I have a desk with a good view” might be a bit too direct and perhaps you could do with padding out the Q&A  with a few key questions that will enhance your interview and maybe cover some bits that the Interviewer hasn’t discussed. Check out the below for some broad inspiration:

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How to Attract Recruiters on LinkedIn [INFOGRAPHIC]

A Happy New Year to all the My Job Hub blog readers out there, hope the holidays treated you all well!

We were thinking that there can’t be a better way to start the new year than by kicking your LinkedIn profile into 5th gear with a total makeover to maximise your chances at nabbing that dream job. That’s why we’re sharing this comprehensive LinkedIn infographic to help your profile be found by the right people.

Infographic courtesy of Armstrong Appointments


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CV Minimalism – Sometimes Less is More

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Why Do I Actually Need to Reduce My CV?

It’s fairly well known now that employers don’t take too much care pawing over every minute detail in your CV. In fact, they barely look at them at all. Research from shows that recruiters, on average, only spend 6.25 seconds looking at a candidate’s resume/CV before either accepting it or rejecting it and moving onto the next one. Now, this number isn’t entirely representative, as recruiters are likely to look over CVs a lot faster than actual employers and most in-house hiring managers, but it’s still a fairly telling bit of research. (more…)

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7 Great Questions to Ask Your Interviewer [INFOGRAPHIC]

We all know how an interview works; you enter a room faced by up to 4 people and are relentlessly interrogated for half an hour about your working life until you’re nothing but a husk of your former self. OK, maybe I’ve had some awfully harsh interviews but the general idea of interview is that you’re the one answering the questions, and your potential employer is doing all the asking.

But there’s always that special slot of allotted time at the end of every interview where the interviewer asks whether you, the interviewee, has any questions. Now you have to totally turn your ‘answering’ thought-process on its head and get in ‘asking’ mode. At this point, it’s difficult to come up with anything original or interesting because you’re totally exhausted from the rest of the interview and an original question is much hard to think of than an original answer.

Fear not however, keeping a few (if not all) of these 7 questions stored up in your noggin will go a long way to securing that dream job with a top notch interview.



Infographic courtesy of careerbliss

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The Problem with Generalist Job Boards

Generalist Job Boards Ain’t All That

Generalist job boards, you know the ones, all broad and non-specific, willing to take any old job posting no matter which industry or sector it’s from. Their usually brimming with job vacancies offering every sort of career you could ever imagine, giving budding candidates a huge scope to chose from, but this scope also means that one search could return anything from stock broker to sock maker. The size of generalist job boards, both in the number of applicants and the number of vacancies, may give them a great advantage, but it also serves to act as their biggest flaw, so here are 2 of the biggest problems you get with a generalist job board.


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[INFOGRAPHIC] What the Interviewer is REALLY asking

What someone says and what they actually mean are often quite different things and interviewers are no different. Interviewers are looking to find out as much about you as possible in a really short time, whilst trying not to be too straightforward with their line of questioning so they can hopefully find the truth behind the answer you’re giving.

Well we want to put you at ease and level the playing field a bit, so here’s a dead handy guide to what interviewers are REALLY saying when they ask you these sort of questions.


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4 Top Tips for Online Job Applications

Applying for Online Job Postings (like the ones on My Job Hub)

Everything’s online now, you name it, it’s there, even my dog’s online, which reminds me I need to start charging him for all the bandwidth he’s using up.

my job hub dog job application

Anyway, online job applications are nothing new and are absolutely everywhere, and more-often-than-not they’re the only way to apply to most jobs. Which means you’ve got to know how to absolutely nail them in today’s job market. But, not everyone has had first-hand experience with online job applications, or even if they have, a lot of people won’t have been successful with them, so they aren’t much closer to being an online job application ace than they were before.

However, those days of job application despair, staring into the online abyss of job searches, are now over. My Job Hub’s gonna sort you out with our primo, first-rate, top tips, and there’s only 4 of them so hopefully they won’t be too hard to remember, give ‘em a read below.


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Young People: Fix Up, Look Sharp says Ofsted Chief

OFSTED shirt

OK, maybe Sir Michael Wilshaw didn’t quite say that, but words to that effect:

“Far too many young people are lackadaisical in the way they present themselves for work…If they dress inappropriately, speak inappropriately and have poor social skills, they are not going to get a job.”

Wilshaw’s concern is that our education system doesn’t do enough to teach young people about proper workplace behaviour and leaves them with negative attitudes towards work in general. This has left young people ‘sloppy’, both in how they dress and how they act. While Sir Wilshaw’s tone may echo the tired remarks of your secondary school deputy head, he’s talking from a wealth of experience which warrants taking his words on board.

The problem then is about presentation; how young people present themselves, both in how they look and how they act. Luckily, one part of this is pretty easy to fix: tidying up how you look, check out the handy infographic below to help you out a touch.


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[INFOGRAPHIC] The Perfect Resume or CV

Here’s a great short overview of all the key points you’re going to want to touch on to craft the perfect resume or CV.


Now that you’ve got all that under your belt, we need to get that job search started and put all that theory into practice. Head over to My Job Hub’s CV builder, which will layout all your info in a clean, simple, recruiter-friendly format, and knock-out a top notch CV.

After you’re done with that, simply click upload, then venture out into My Job Hub’s vast array of different job boards, get that job hunt started and be found.

Infographic provided by ZipRecruiter

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