Job Scams – be aware!

In most of daily life we have to be on our guard against scams – whether it’s paying for goods and having our card details stolen or someone trying to deceive us into giving our banking details! Job search is no exception to scams and this week it has been highlighted again that recruitment fraud is on the rise!

Here is what we have found out about the type of scams being used by fraudsters.

Out of the blue job offer:

Being contacted unexpectedly is quite a common approach. Picture the scene: You’ve been applying for lots of jobs and lost track of who you have applied to, so when a call comes in out of the blue then you might be fooled into thinking it’s a real job offer. The easiest way to check is to keep track of the companies you have applied to! Failing that, you could check if the company has a website or a Facebook or Twitter account. Some fraudsters will create a fake website to convince you they are real, but there is still a way around that if you are suspicious! You could use Safer Jobs  to report your suspicions.

Spelling and grammar mistakes:

You wouldn’t expect a legitimate job to have any spelling of grammar mistakes would you? Obviously the odd error will slip through, scams might have some common errors, such as repeated spelling mistakes or the text is very badly written that you may suspect it has been translated to English using google translate

Receiving an immediate job offer:

If you are offered a job without attending an interview then this is another indication that all might not add up. Hiring a new member of staff takes time and meeting a candidate face to face is an important part of the whole process. If an employer offers you the role after speaking to you on the phone then you it would be wise to do a few checks.

Never part with money:

Some scammers are cashing in by asking you to pay a securing fee to take the job off the market or ask you for money up front to complete background checks or secure some training that you need to do. Professional organisations and companies would not ask you for money up front. Be wary of this and if in doubt do a check. There might be occasions that you would be asked to pay for a background check but it is unusual to ask for money before you are given an interview.

Other common methods:

It should go without saying at this stage that you should not give your bank details to anyone you don’t know. A genuine job would ask you for bank details when you start work as part of your induction, not at the recruitment stage

Contact email addresses are personal ones rather than a company email

If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!

Maybe you are asked to make a decision straight away – again then should get some alarm bells ringing

Contact telephone numbers are ones you do not recognise. Maybe the area code is unfamiliar for a job in your area. Maybe it’s a premium line which will be very costly

Maybe they are overly friendly and relaxed

You can find out more here:

Thanks for reading and have a good week.


Getting the right advice

End of term – what next?

Our adult learning courses are winding down for the summer and learners are frantically pulling together their portfolios and some last minute cramming for exams. It’s all nearly over for another year and our learners will be reflecting on past achievements and wondering what next and maybe planning end of term celebrations with the class.

Is that you?

People come back into education for many reasons. Adult learners are often considered to have a motivation to learn, they’ve made a choice to come back and often have an initial goal in mind. But what if that goal changes or you’ve achieved that one and want more!

Where do you go then?

Most adult learning centres or colleges will have a careers guidance officer or a student services department to help you make decisions about your education, training and work options. It’s important to get impartial advice about your future, not just advice on the courses available where you currently study.

So how can you make sure that the person you are trusting to give you good, solid and unbiased advice is qualified and won’t just want to direct you to “their courses?”

You could ask the adviser what qualification they hold in careers guidance. I would be happy to answer that question if a learner asked me. Most advisers would hold a level 3 as a minimum, level 4 is fairly standard and it goes without saying that a Level 6 adviser has undertaken more detailed training.

The Matrix quality standard is held by organisations that have been assessed on the quality of information, advice and/or guidance services to support you in making a choice for your career, learning, work and life goals. Not every organisation will hold it – they have to pass an assessment of their service from all aspects. So if you see this standard, then you know that you are on the right track for a good quality service.

You can look out for the Matrix quality standard for careers guidance or you could even do a search for your learning provider

You can also access impartial advice via

This site is managed under services and it provides impartial information and advice on training, work and careers.

If you are one of our learners at Adult Skills and Community Learning in Barnsley, then you can come along to our open day on 26th July or find out more here:

Thanks for reading and as ever, feel free to comment. Have a good week 🙂

Monday Motivation

It’s so easy to forget what make us more employable. One of the common issues is that people don’t keep their CV up to date and keep ahead of new developments. So if you are looking for a job using IT then you really should do the first 3 on this list. Keep you skills alive whilst you are out of work, do some volunteering or follow some tutorials. Have a play around with your CV while you have the time. See if a different format might help refresh your skills and give you some new opportunities.

Make Monday your day to do something different or learn something new – you never know when it might come in handy.


make yourself more employable by taking action

Do you have any suggestions for our list? Are they in the right order? I think believe in yourself should be top of the list!

We would be pleased to hear from you and will pass any suggestions on to our learners and followers.

Thanks for reading and have a good week.