How To Apply For Jobs Safely
Most job applications are made over the internet. This means that the process is a whole lot easier than it used to be when postal applications were the only option.
But there is a downside.
The internet makes it easier to exploit job applicants in a number of different ways, making them potentially more vulnerable and less safe. This article will explore the current trends in online job applications, some of the pitfalls that job applicants may face, and how to stay safe while applying for work online.
How to apply for jobs online
Previously, people would apply for jobs by responding to adverts in the newspaper, trade publications, or job centre. To do this they would either post their CV to the potential employer or deliver it to the place of work by hand. Almost all job vacancies now require you to apply online, by emailing your CV or filling in an online application form.
Use reputable sources
Job sites such as Indeed, Monster, and LinkedIn are popular platforms for employers to reach potential candidates. Employers post job adverts on there and applicants fill in application forms or post their CVs.
It is recommended that you stick to the bigger, reputable, more trustworthy sites such as those mentioned above. If the site feels unprofessional or is asking for payment details to apply for jobs, then there’s a chance you are about to be scammed, and we recommend not proceeding.
Be mindful where you upload your CV
It’s true that most job adverts and listings will require you to upload your up-to-date CV. This is fine if it is through a reputable site such as those listed above, but if you don’t recognise the site, or you are considering uploading your CV directly to an employer’s website, you should pause for a moment.
Be cautious with your personal data
Following on from the last point, you need to be careful when it comes to providing personal information. This isn’t limited to uploading your CV. Some sites may ask for things like your name, address, DOB, gender, phone number, email address, even your mother’s maiden name, to register for the site or to send an online application form.
Record all your applications
It’s a good idea to keep track of all the applications you send. This helps in two ways. First of all, you’ll be able to track where responses by phone or email are coming from. Secondly, once you have secured a job position, you’ll probably want to remove your CV from all the sites and agencies you registered with, and your records will help.
Being able to identify where emails and calls are coming from will help you to avoid falling prey to scammers.
Apply for a DBS check
As well as keeping yourself safe when applying for jobs, you can help potential employers to feel more at ease by providing a DBS check certificate with your CV or application form. You can apply for a Basic DBS check yourself online. For higher level checks – standard or enhanced – the employer needs to apply on your behalf.
If the job role that you are applying for requires safeguarding checks, you will need to apply for a higher level DBS check. Job positions that typically require higher level DBS checks are those that involve working closely with children or vulnerable adults.
The online process to apply for a DBS Check is fast and straightforward. You start by filling in an online form that highlights any missed sections or potential errors. Once this is submitted, along with some ID documents, you will get a result within as little as 24 hours and can apply here.
Remember – stay safe when applying for jobs online
The internet has made it easier than ever to apply for jobs.
Unfortunately, it has also made it easier for ill-intentioned people such as hackers and scammers to get people’s personal information.
The golden rule of applying for jobs online is – if something feels off, then don’t risk it.
In other words, if the job board or website feels less than professional, they are asking for more information than you’re comfortable to provide, and especially if they are requesting any kind of payment or bank details upfront, then don’t proceed any further.