September has already been a very challenging month for me professionally and personally. You see, I am the Owner of The Fair Recruitment Agency LLC located in New Jersey. My agency is a registered online recruitment agency that provides top quality recruitment services to those businesses who are looking to fill job vacancies. I also provide professional résumé writing services to job seekers. My agency also facilitates career workshops to teach people how to network, prepare their own résumé, interview preparation and job searching techniques. I am very proud of what I do.
On September 9, 2010 I began to receive numerous phone calls about job postings on craigslist under my company name. I visited their website for the state of New Jersey/New York and discovered there were job positions posted for Theatre Box Office in the categories of customer service, general labor, and et cetera jobs. The posting instructs the job seeker to click “Apply Here” which takes them to another website. And, you guessed it! The webpage says The Fair Recruitment Agency LLC under a domain name of www.ikulich.com which is not my website fairrecruitmentagency.com. Most people don’t realize this red flag, but we should.
Taking a look at this webpage it has my company logo, company name, company slogan, pictures from my real website and color scheme on it. It also has a list of 6 available full time positions, and one available part-time position, instructing you to click on the position you want to apply for and it takes you to another page (same set-up) to send your résumé to an email address for email@example.com. Now this is another red flag, because if the company is official you should see much, much more here. You should see contact information for the company, where it’s located, an about us tab at the very least. Consumer beware! None of this information is from The Fair Recruitment Agency.
Now, there are some smart people out there in the United States. They know how to go to the wonderful world of Google. And Google they did The Fair Recruitment Agency LLC and came up with the real deal. They visited the other website, whose domain name matches the company and gave me a call. Not to mention the website is much more attractive and detailed than the phony one. It also has my picture on it! What-do-you-know, technology can be a wonderful thing. This resulted in my phone line being bombarded with phone calls yesterday and continued on today. I found out these jobs were also posted in the states of Arizona, Washington D.C., and California. I suspect the states of Michigan, Virginia and Maryland may also be affected. The task ahead for me is daunting. I have notified Craigs List, the Attorney General, Better Business Bureau, and that government fraud complaint website for internet fraud, and took copies of everything. Heck, I even emailed Arnold Diaz of Fox News.
Here’s my biggest concern. There are people out there who are sending their résumés to just an email address. They have no idea who is receiving their résumés and what will be done with their personal information. There are millions of people out of work and they are looking for employment, any kind of employment. Defrauding the public especially to someone who is looking for work is just plain cruel and they need to be shut-down. That’s why I don’t post jobs on craigslist. Too many scams going on. As consumers we have to do our due-diligence so we don’t get scammed. I know you’re looking for work. but you don’t need to get scammed along the way. Will keep you posted with the outcome.