We encourage you to read the following information carefully to ensure your search and application process runs as smooth as possible.
You may be surprised that when you apply for a job, employers will often research you, so be careful what you ‘put out there’ on social media. Be aware that your social media interactions creates your own personal digital footprint. Be careful what you put on your own page/site and be careful when you interact with other pages/sites.
We recommend that our students join LinkedIn. This is a professional networking site, where you can build up a professional and positive digital footprint. See below for more information.
We recommend that students join LinkedIn, the professional networking site. Here you can build up a professional and positive digital footprint, make connections, link up with companies and colleagues, and research the many job sectors, roles and careers available. Our Fact Sheet on LinkedIn will provide you with more information on how to get started and how to use this service to your best advantage.
While there are so many perfect jobs and companies out there, there are also a number of organisations and individuals who will take advantage of students and recent graduates looking for work. It’s important to familiarise yourself with the below guidelines to avoid being scammed:
Step One – Be Cautious
When reading through a job description take note of whether:
- There is bad grammar or spelling mistakes
- The hiring process appears too easy
- The employer wants you to purchase equipment or materials
- The employer asks for money or your credit card details
If a company contacts you directly perhaps saying they have seen your CV on an un-named website, make sure you clarify exactly where they saw your CV. If they contact you via email make sure the email address they have contacted you on is attached to a company and not from a generic Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo account. The email should also have a company name, address or logo within it – be aware if it does not.
Step Two – Research the Company
This is a vital part of applying for any job but especially so when you’re unsure about a company. Make sure you fully research their name and address to check out their validity.
- LinkedIn is a great way to locate a company as most businesses use the social networking site. You should be able to find out their correct company name, business hours, address, contact information and view their current employees
- The Student Room allows you to create conversations and questions with other students. Ask if anyone else know of the company
- Companies House is a government site which allows you to conduct an online search to check if a company is registered, you can also view their address details.
Step Three – Vital Do’s and Don’ts
- Do not send any money. It is illegal in the UK for an employer to require an upfront fee – recruitment agencies are also not allowed to do this
- Do not provide your bank account or card details. Some legitimate employers may conduct credit searches on you but you should only provide sufficient information once you are certain of the legitimacy
- Do report companies if you think you have been scammed. Visit the Action Fraud website for more information and your next steps.
- Do remember that we are here to help and have networks with local and national companies and business that can really give you the stepping stone you need. Get in contact with our BG Futures Team and see how we can support you.