The calendar says early May. but it is not too early to look for summer jobs.
High school and college students, as well as those from other demographics, who want summer employment would do well to immediately begin their search. According to one survey, 74 percent of employers will fill summer job positions by the end of May.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 2 million people found summer jobs in 2013. Surveys show that employers expect to hire that many if not more this year.
Here are a few tips and warnings for those who are seeking summer employment, especially if you are using Craigslist ads to find your job.
Watch out for scams
You may think you are using Craigslist to find a job, but the truth is that often a scammer is finding you with it.
Craigslist ads often make wild promises to job seekers. Too often, however, they deliver only disappointment. Many times the ads are only fronts for scammers trying to steal either your identity or your money.
There have been many incidents in which the ad itself is a theft of a business’ identity. That’s because it is easy for a Craigslist advertiser to claim to be someone they are not.
Even the Better Business Bureau has been victimized by scammers who advertised themselves as being a local BBB wanting to hire 10 “Customer Service Representatives.” It’s easy to cut and paste a real business or organization’s logo and use it to legitimize the appearance of an ad.
You can do yourself a favor and save the loss of your time and money by keeping these tips in mind when looking at Craigslist ads:
Remember that there are other ways to find jobs besides Craigslist. Personal networking through friends and family is a tried-and-true technique. Hitting the streets and knocking on business’ doors can work as well.