Safe Job-Hunting: Tips for All Job seekers

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Competition for existing job opportunities in Kenya is the result of the high levels of unemployment in the country. Not only are many youths being locked out of promising opportunities, the almost-desperate nature of job seekers and their lack of safe job- hunting information make them the perfect prey for conniving con men.

Most credible job search platforms like BrighterMonday try as much as possible to gather sufficient information about employers who advertise on their websites, with the intention of protecting their job seekers. You will also find a report button on such sites that allows job seekers to report any employer or company that tries to defraud job seekers.

To avoid being conned of your time and most of all, your valuables as a job seeker, you need to put the following pointers into considerations as you look for jobs both online and offline;

Online Job-Search Safety Measures

Stick to credible job sites: Recent leaps in technology have afforded easy access to the internet and information reach. Thus it is simple for anyone to post job vacancies on social media using personal and pseudo accounts, and to forward jobs through varied platforms to gain wider reach. The anonymous nature provided by the internet is a conman’s paradise and they take advantage of the fact that Kenyan internet take forwards as gospel truth. It is wise to be critical and dig deeper when you receive an enticing job adverts from your social networks.

The revealing world of reviews: Whenever you receive a forward, recommendation or see a job advert, you can always verify to see the credibility of the source. It will take very little time to see reviews about the particular site and the experience of previous users. If a job ad is a scam, you will definitely see reviews by different individuals and their personal experience; which will assist you make a very safe and informed decision on whether the advert is worth your effort.

Be Alert: As you go through job adverts, your safety radar should be up to catch different aspects associated with the conman’s modus operandi. This includes asking for particularly personal details e.g. your bank details; asking that you send cash for certain processes e.g. medical checkup, booking appointments etc.

 

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Offline Job-Search Safety Measures

This measures should be considered especially when one has been called for an interview.

Verify the company: After the interview invitation call is over, go online and check out the company. Go to the company’s website. Check the ‘About Us’ page to discover how long it has been in existence, its products, its physical location and contact details. Check what is being said about the company on its reviews and get a feel of what other people think about your potential employer. Your interviewer has probably conducted a background search on you, you have every right to look into them too. Learn about what they stand for, their products, their values and their stakeholders. If they advertised their job on a job site, chances are the position is also open in their careers page. This is also an excellent way of confirming legibility of the position.

For location, google maps can assist you verify the physical address of your potential employer. If possible, scout the area to confirm the physical location or ask about the company in dedicated forums like the BM Forum to get varied feedback from different people.

Record important details: When you get a call for an interview, grab a pen and paper and write down all the important details. In as much as you would like to verify, ensure that you exhaust all inquiries in one call. You cannot keep calling the company back severally to confirm their location, date and time of the interview. They will wonder what a scatterbrains you must be. Aside from giving you guidance, details allow you to verify the credibility of the company you are scheduled to interview with. For companies whose career page are unavailable, you can conduct a phone call verification that such a vacancy is open. Use the contact details to call the main office line a day or two before your scheduled interview. Introduce yourself to the person on the line and tell them you were invited by person X to interview for position Y. If the interview invite is genuine, they will acknowledge and you will be good to go. If the invitation is a hoax they will immediately decline and ask where you got such information. It is prudent to inform them of the identity theft taking place.

Interviews in informal settings: Some companies, depending on their office culture, like to go beyond the stiff corporate way of doing things. Do not be surprised when you get invited to a rather informal setting for an interview session e.g a restaurant. However, be cautious and alert to verify for your own safety and peace of mind. You can check out the company website for information about their contact details and what they do. You can also call and confirm the interview stating the name of the person who called you, the position you will be interviewed for and the location of the interview.

Common pitfalls to avoid

  • Being lured into unsafe places. Only accept interview invites in safe place like a verified company’s office or a public place e.g. a restaurant
  • Giving away personal information that can be used to steal from you or commit fraud. Do not agree to talk about personal matters that have nothing to do with the interview
  • Do not pay any fees upfront for whatever service promised e.g medical exams, registration etc in the promise of a job.
  • Do not give out your financial details. They can be used to rob you
  • Being unprepared for eventualities. Always carry extra cash especially if you are going to an unfamiliar address for the first time. Do not accept lifts from strangers or your interviewer.

Conclusion: Be safe as you hunt for jobs. Remember that in as much as you need a job, your life and general wellbeing should be your main priority. Be alert at all times and be in constant communication with a friend, spouse or guardian. Let them know exactly where you are going and keep them updated on the events that unfold.

Happy and safe job hunting!

Share your safety tips with fellow job-seekers on our BrighterMonday Forum

Mueke Katwa
I have two years experience in Business Support which covers Human Resource as a function; and a lifelong passion in creative writing.
 

95 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so much brighter
    onday.com for this information. I have witnessed many people fall into traps and even others loosing their lives just because they are searching for a job. You have really helped us alot.

    • Hi Anne
      Thank you for your unwavering support.
      We endeavor to offer career advice to all our readers.
      Keep it brighter Monday your career partner.

      ^TM

  2. Nice article especially for some of us who have been victims of these conmen who decide to the take advantage of desperate job seekers. Thanks for the advice and a word to the wise is enough.

    • Hi Sharon,
      Thank you for the feedback.. much appreciated.
      Keep it brighter Monday your career partner.

      ^TM

    • You’re Welcome Esther,
      We strive to give our audience the best career advice.
      keep it here for more edifying articles.

      ^TM

    • Hi Ndambuki,
      Thank you for reading.
      Keep it Brighter monday for more inspiring career hints.

      ^TM

  3. thanks alot,now what of these perceived consultants who would not share with you even the identity of their clients?

    • Hi Cyrus,
      Thank you for the feedback.. much appreciated.
      Keep visiting our career center for more informative articles

      ^TM

  4. This is apowerfull tool side for job seekers. Especialy the newly graduted. I wonder how you may widen your coverage.
    Thanks and be blessed

  5. Very brilliant information. Most of those conned are quite innocent. Always right to be informative. Keep it up.

  6. There’s a recruiting agency called ‘Staffing solutions’ quick to lie about good jobs and asking for medical/registration cash which makes no sense in a foreceful manner. Thanks for this article I got enlightened I still wonder where they got my contacts😕

    • Hi Chep
      Thanks a lot for the testimonial and your readership.
      We are glad you are enlightened.
      Stay tuned for more incisive articles.

      ^TM

  7. This is a very good site but I’ve noticed that West Africa, Liberia (+231) is not inclusive and it’s impossible to get a feedback after applying for a job. Is there a way it can be included? Thanks anyway

    • Hi Mashermta,
      Thank you for reading. In regards to your proposal,its important to know that we are only limited to east Africa countries and part of west and south Africa. When we have plans to expand we will let you know but keep sharing your thoughts with us, we highly appreciate them.

      ^TM

  8. point well placed, we will not give up on job search.
    your profound assistance will be highly appreciated.

    • Thanks Fred.
      Feel free to write to us and state specifically how you’d wish us to assist you.

      ^TM

    • Thanks Wanjiru,
      We are glad you are enlightened.
      Keep it Brighter Monday your career partner.

      ^TM

  9. Thank you,Team Brighter Mondays. Last Year,You helped me stop a would- be con agent from accomplishing their dubious con tricks on unknowing job seekers. I also got a job through your job recruitment site. Kudos!!

    • Hi Richard,
      Thank you for sharing your testimony.
      We are glad to provide timely information to readers like you.
      Keep it Brighter Monday for more tips, advice and career guidance.

      ^TM

  10. Hi brighter Monday…

    Am urgently looking 4 a job.. I’ve been applying to no avail..help.

    • Hi Sheila,
      Thank you for your readership.
      The list below can shed some light on the possible reasons that might have led to your current predicament;
      Do you send applications to job adverts that match your skills?
      Have you updated your CV since last year?
      Do you write a customized cover letter for each application?
      The number of job seekers has gone higher since last year, making the talent pool larger and you have to ensure your CV stands out from the rest.
      Start by editing your CV to reflect all the skills and experience you have gained. subscribe for alerts that are relevant to the career you wish to pursue.
      Update your profile to over 97% to make you more visible.
      We hope all these measures will improve your chances of being considered.

      ^TM

  11. Hi,Am a bachelor of science in microbiology degree holder from India.I have applied for several jobs but on Brighter monday i havent found asuitable job for me.What kind of advice can you give me?

    • Hi Denis,
      We are glad you escaped the unfortunate incident. Could you tell your story to help someone else?
      Share it here

      Keep it BrighterMonday for more insights.

      ^DM

  12. Hello brighter monday, I graduated way back in 2011 with a degree in entrepreneurship & small business management, then I was a very focused and determined man, I wanted to show the world what I could offer with my degree and cpa part II qualifications. I emberked on serious job search both on print media and jobsites, three years down the line, no single interview invitation not even a regret. My determination started waning of. l thought the problem was with my cv and cover letters. I had the conviction that if they were done by a proffessional I will sell in the job market, without much ado I approached a firm (name with held) to do my cv. To me the cv was not much different from the one I had before, but there were changes here and there. Again I started serious job search. I was not called for interviews my impressive notwithstanding.
    Frustrated and dejected, I started a small business to make ends meet with little money I got from doing menial jobs,for awhile the business paid of but With time I started experiencing financial problems. I could not therefore meet my short term obligations because of low stock turnover. I approached a bank for a loan to jump start my business. After going through my proposal, the bank declined to extend to me loan facility because I had been blacklisted by CRB for defaulting in repayment of my helb loan. I did not default it is only that I have never had money to start servicing my loan. What should i do? Please advice. Depression is slowly but surely killing me.

    • Hi Denice,
      We understand your frustration but don’t worry one of us will call you.

      ^TM

  13. Such a pretty good site to get to know how to seek a job. The article is very detailed inside out. I am going to graduate from my university next year. One year left only, what should I do now to get a good job ?

    • Hi Patrick,
      We thank you for your readership.
      We would advise you to engage yourself with volunteering activities, internships and professional bodies.
      ^EK

  14. Hi am joseph seeking a hospitapity job as a restaurant manager have been working in the industry for about 15yrs,looking foward to your help,thanks

    • Hallo Denice,
      We understand your frustration and one of us from our team will call you.

      ^TM

  15. Yeahh. Thanks for your fast reading and replying as well as your useful advice 🙂
    .
    Sure, I will.A great job is waiting for me in the near future !

    • Thank you Patrick and for sure you will,
      Just take the necessary measures and keep that moral up.

      ^TM

    • Thank you Victoria for writing to us.
      You need to review your CV and ensure that it is well updated before you make your next application.
      Its also important to ensure that you apply the right job so that you get better chances of hearing from employers.

      ^TM

  16. Hi brighter Monday thanx for helping us find the jobs that we were looking for….. I am very thankfully!…. Much kisses to u 😘😍

    • Hi Janeth,
      Thanks a lot for sharing your testimony.
      Keep it Brighter Monday your career partner.

      ^TM

  17. Hi guys,kindly help.av been jobless since Dec last year and av been applying for jobs but I haven’t been called for a single interview.I have four years of experience.Am frustrated

    • Hallo Lydiah,
      We do understand your frustration.
      The list below can shed some light on the possible reasons that might have led to your current predicament;
      Do you send applications to job adverts that match your skills?
      Have you updated your CV since last year?
      Do you write a customized cover letter for each application?
      The number of job seekers has gone higher since last year, making the talent pool larger and you have to ensure your CV stands out from the rest.
      Start by editing your CV to reflect all the skills and experience you have gained. subscribe for alerts that are relevant to the career you wish to pursue.
      Update your profile to over 97% to make you more visible.
      We wish you all the best and we hope you implement what you have gained from us.

      ^TM

  18. Thanks for the insights.
    I graduated last year with a Bachelor of Arts(Economics) degree and I also have CPAIII. How do I approach my job hunt? It has not been easy, so am still at home.

  19. Good morning, am looking for internships under communication and public relations due on September.However,am not really sure whats required of me since this will my first time on the job market.kindly send me the link to my course so i can see the requirements. Thanks

  20. Hi am Hillary job seeker and i have been using your platform to apply for jobs for quite a number of occasions but never contacted by any employer even for an interview.What could be the reason?Please advise…

    • Hi Hillary,
      Thank you for your readership.
      The list below can shed some light on the possible reasons that might have led to your current predicament;
      Do you send applications to job adverts that match your skills?
      Have you updated your CV since last year?
      Do you write a customized cover letter for each application?
      The number of job seekers has gone higher since last year, making the talent pool larger and you have to ensure your CV stands out from the rest.
      Start by editing your CV to reflect all the skills and experience you have gained. subscribe for alerts that are relevant to the career you wish to pursue.
      Update your profile to over 97% to make you more visible.
      Kindly implement these measures to improve your chances of being considered.

      ^TM

  21. Am applying for a job on your website but cant seem to get through past the salary expectations it says must be a integer between 2 to 15 characters. guide me please, am lost on what to type since currently at 60,000/-

  22. Am so excited about your guidance till am having typos. Thank you so much for the response. Am up-to-date now.

    • Thank you for your feedback Janet.
      We are glad to provide timely information to readers like you.
      Keep it Brighter Monday for more updates.

      ^TM

  23. Am phoebe and the problem i have am unable to login as i try to apply and the email/username i use
    and the password i use they are the one i use to open my email kindly help.

  24. Dear Brighter Monday,

    Brighter Monday is doing a great job! I forgot my password and am kindly requesting for your help to enable me to log in. Please assist.

  25. Hi, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog site in Firefox, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has
    some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Other then that, excellent blog!

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