Chapter 3: Diversify Your Job Search Strategy

Online Job Search Safety

The Canadian Competition Bureau reports that “thousands of Canadians of all ages and from all walks of life are defrauded each year.” Learn to recognize employment scams to protect yourself from financial loss, wasted time, and energy.

How to Protect Yourself

Be an informed and proactive job seeker. Research and assess every job posting, company, and employment agency to which you apply. Contact them yourself directly if necessary. When in doubt about the job posting, company, or any interactions with an employer proceed with caution!

  • Do not accept a job offer without being interviewed in person, over the phone, or via Skype.
  • A legitimate employer typically requests personal information only after an interview has been completed, references have been verified, and an offer of employment has been made and signed. Personal information includes: SIN number, date of birth, driver’s license or health card, and banking information.
  • ​​Do not use your own money to pay suppliers or transfer funds.
  • Never accept payment in advance of starting a job or for services that have not been
  • Sounds too good to be true? Seek advice from a trusted source, such as a parent, a professor, or the Employment Support Centre at Algonquin College.


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Be the Boss of Your Career: A Complete Guide for Students & Grads Copyright © 2021 by Lindsay Bortot and Employment Support Centre, Algonquin College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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