Is That Job Posting a Scam?


Having an internship is an amazing experience that allows you to gain so much knowledge that will carry you through your career. But what happens after that internship?

During the last half of my internship, I find myself feeling anxious when people ask what my plan was after my internship/graduation – more anxious than previously. I blame this on the fact that graduation is in less than a month.

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I am working 20 hours a week at my internship, and I have been spending probably 10 hours a week searching for jobs. I have interviewed at multiple places and applied to countless amounts of jobs. I realized after interview #3 and application #4985792 that some companies are actually out there to use recent graduates.

The best thing to do is trust your instincts. If it doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not. The Balance wrote a great article with tips on how to tell if a business is a scam. The ones I thought were, ended up being scams when I did more research.

After my experiences of just seeing a job posting and apply without any research, here are my tips.

  1. RESEARCH: do research on the company before you apply. Glassdoor is an awesome website that I have been using for every company before I apply.
  2. INTERVIEW: even if you don’t think it’s a great fit and they’ve offered an interview, just do it. You don’t have to take the job if it’s offered, but it will be great practice for when the right job comes along.
  3. TRUST YOUR GUT: I can’t express this enough. Your gut is very trustworthy and if something doesn’t feel right, listen.

Hannah Engle

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