Things to look out for when applying for a job
It can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between a real job posting online and a scam posting, but, if you’re careful with your job search and watch out for these red flags, you can easily start to spot the real from the fake.
At Freerecruit.co.za we screen each posting that comes through to stop those that might look a little fishy. If you are unsure of a posting on our site and would like us to investigate, please complete our online contact form.
When applying for any job vacancies on our website, or anywhere else for that matter, please keep the following in mind.
-Work from home opportunities is illegal in South Africa!
According to South African law work-from-home opportunities promotes unfair business practice and is hence illegal and may not appear in in newspapers, magazines, other print and electronic media, and any other advertising method. Being involved in an illegal work-from-home opportunity is a criminal offence and is punishable by a fine not exceeding R200,000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years, or both a fine and imprisonment.
-A legitimate employer will never ask a admin or any other fee from a jobseeker / work seeker. (THIS IMPLIES A SCAM/FALSE ADVERTISEMENT, AND IS AGAINST THE LAW)
-A Recruitment Agency or Personnel Agency is NOT allowed to ask or charge any fee from a work seeker for securing employment. The Employment Services Act, 2014 (Act No. 4 of 2014), Clause 15 “Prohibits private employment agencies from charging work seekers any fees for services rendered”. Any Agency charging a fee from a work seeker for services is operating illegally and must be reported to the Department of Labour.
-A legitimate company advertising a legitimate vacancy will NOT ask you to comment (yes, your location, address or any other details) on a post.
(Commonly used: “Comment YES if interested” or “Comment with your location and telephone number” – THIS IMPLIES A SCAM/FALSE ADVERTISEMENT)
-A legitimate company will NOT ask you to Whats-app or inbox them via Facebook, but will request a CV for application by means of e-mail or fax.
-A legitimate company will NOT post a job and indicate applicants to show up at a specific address without proper or prior application.
-A legitimate Government position will clearly indicate which Government Department, the position’s requirements and the remuneration offered. Usually a closing date for applications are indicated for Government positions.
-A legitimate position will NOT contain spelling errors in the post such as “Shere” instead of “Share”. (THIS IMPLIES A SCAM/FALSE ADVERTISEMENT)
-A legitimate company will NOT inbox you on social media, or provide you with any information on Facebook via your inbox, if you share the post. (Commonly used: “Share and we will inbox you the contact details” – THIS IMPLIES A SCAM/FALSE ADVERTISEMENT)
-A legitimate Business or Government organization will not provide a gmail or yahoo e-mail address for applications to be forwarded. (THIS IMPLIES A SCAM/FALSE ADVERTISEMENT)
-A legitimate Business or Government organization will have a legitimate website address.
-If a position advertise a basic monthly gross salary, but with interview/appointment indicate that the position is commissioned based or based on a certain amount of work/sales before qualifying for the basic salary, it is unlawful and the company must be reported to the Department of Labour.