Looking for work? Watch out for Job Scams!

An email arrives in your inbox saying that you are perfect for a job. Terrific! Or is it?

As you read the email, you see that you need to apply for a free iPad. Or, they want to ship you items that you repackage and ship outside of the United States.
Or, they want to deposit some money in your account, let you keep some of it and transfer the rest out to another account

These are scams. In the iPad scam, you will likely provide personal information to the scammers that can possibly lead to your identity being stolen. Some scams, like reshipping or money laundering, can get you in trouble with the law.

Some Red flags to look for:
1. Did you actually apply for a job with this company? Keep track of where you apply so you can check back on the company names.
2. Do they address you by name in the email? Not your email address, but your actual name?
3. Did someone from the company sign their name? Any legitimate person from a company will give you their full name, along with their contact information.
4. Does the email come from a company or organization like this: SallySmith@company.com? Or is it from a general email address like SallySmith@gmail.com.
If someone who emails you is actually working for a company that is hiring, they will have a legitimate company email.

For more information on job scams, check these articles:

From the New York State Department of Labor:

http://www.labor.ny.gov/careerservices/scamwarn.shtm

From Job-Hunt.org:

http://www.job-hunt.org/onlinejobsearchguide/job-search-scams.shtml

From Monster.com (reshipping and money laundering scams):

http://career-advice.monster.com/job-search/getting-started/money-laundering-reshipping-scams/article.aspx

For help with Job Searching, come to our Computer Labs at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. We can help you determine if an email about a job looks legitimate. We can also help you apply for jobs on legitimate sites.
Click our post from 9/8/14 for information on our computer labs:

http://pokbtop.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/computer-labs-at-the-poughkeepsie-public-library-district/

Get the job even if you’re not the most qualified candidate

While there is always competition for any job, you can stand out from the rest by following some of the tips in this article at Business Insider.

http://www.businessinsider.com/get-the-job-even-if-youre-not-the-best-2014-10

  • Go to job fairs
  • Check into temporary agencies – you never know where a temporary job will lead you
  • Keep learning

We have job, Microsoft Office and many technology classes available at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. All classes are free.
View our schedule here:
http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=POKLIB

Jobs Express shows over 10,000 available jobs in the Hudson Valley!

Have you searched Jobs Express yet?

Click the link below to go to the site:
Jobs Express – New York State Department of Labor
(http://www.labor.ny.gov/jobs/regional.shtm)

The Hudson Valley region has well over 10,000 jobs listed today (actual count as of this writing – 12,805).

Here is a short article at Mid-Hudson News:

Mid-Hudson News article  about Jobs Express from 10/14/14.
(http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2014/October/14/JobExpress-14Oct14.html)

 

Finding a job through networking

While there are jobs that can be found by applying online, you have a much better chance of landing the job you want through networking.

Click this article title at Job-hunt.org for more information:
Guide to Job Search Networking

This is a quote from the article – “In countless surveys and research, including those conducted by Job-Hunt, networking is the dominant method used by successful job seekers. More than 75% of the time!”

At the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, we have free classes and computer labs to assist you with job searching.

Our partner,  Dutchess One Stop (http://www.dutchessonestop.org/) offers Resume Critique, Job Club and Dreams, Goals, Action! classes at the library.

See our calendar for more information on classes and labs.

 

Dreams, Goals, Action! Thursday 10/9 2pm @ Adriance Library

In case you missed the 9/25 class (or maybe you would like to attend again), we have another Dreams, Goals, Action! coming up.

Are you frustrated with your job search? Getting the same results week after week?

Dreams, Goals, Action! is at the Adriance Library at 93 Market Street in Poughkeepsie, NY on Thursday, October 9.

This class, provided by Dutchess One Stop, can help you think outside the box and move forward in your job search.

“If you want to change your life, change the way you think!” Learn about setting goals and creating an action plan to get the career you really want.

Sign up here – click to register

OR call (845) 485-3445 x3380

Dreams, Goals, Action! Thursday 9/25 2pm @ Adriance Library

Are you frustrated with your job search? Getting the same results week after week?

Dreams, Goals, Action! at the library this week can help you think about your job search in new ways. This class, provided by Dutchess One Stop, can help you think outside the box and move forward in your job search.

“If you want to change your life, change the way you think!” Learn about setting goals and creating an action plan to get the career you really want.

Sign up here – click to register

OR call (845) 485-3445 x3380

Bridging the digital divide in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Technology Literacy @ Your Library

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