[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnBw-2BIBBI&w=560&h=349]The Script Wow, this job offers great pay, telecommuting and doesn’t require a lot of technical experience. I wonder if it’s a real opportunity or a scam. I’m Cat Miller and this is DiceTV. First, let’s review the characteristics of a legitimate job opportunity. Genuine postings generally include a thorough job description and a specific list of technical requirements, because employers want to avoid inquiries from unqualified candidates. If you hear about the job from a reliable source like a major job board or a colleague, chances are it's legit. Real ads usually contain the name of the company or agency, a link to its website as well as the recruiter’s contact information. Employers and agencies go to great lengths and expense to build an employment brand, so why hide it? A bona fide posting usually specifies a closing date and work location because job searches are time sensitive -- the others are just fishing expeditions. So how can you spot a scam? If clicking on a link redirects you to another site that's not related, or bombards you with advertisements. If you’re asked to register, sign up for training, supply personal information or a credit card to get more details about the job. If the job description is vague and generic like: Our client needs an experienced DBA or we can get you a government job. Be cautious when there’s no defined hiring process because legitimate recruiters screen candidates and follow regimented hiring procedures. So how can you protect yourself? Check out the company on sites like Glassdoor, Manta, or Hoovers. Search the databases of the chamber of commerce, better business bureau or state business entities to make sure it’s a legitimate concern. If you’re still not sure or the employer is confidential, send the recruiter an e-mail expressing interest before sending your resume. As an FYI most companies use a third party recruiter to conduct a confidential search. Don’t give out any personal information or send your resume until you’re confident the opportunity is legitimate and remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. I’m Cat Miller and this has been DiceTV. We now return you to your regular desktop.