The Macaulay Career Services team vets the employers that we partner with as carefully as possible. But we know that active job seekers look at a number of different sources for interesting opportunities. Unfortunately, scammers advertise jobs where legitimate employers do.
Here are some tips to help you avoid dishonest postings and scams.
- Employers should not contact you from a personal email.
- Do not give your social security number or other personal information before being hired.
- Do not give your personal bank account, PayPal account, or credit card numbers to a potential employer.
- Do not agree to have funds or paychecks direct deposited into any of your accounts by a prospective employer—you should know them first. Most employers give the option of direct deposit or a paycheck, and make these arrangements after you are hired, during your first day or week of actual employment, on site—not before.
- Do not forward, transfer, send by courier (EX: FedEX, UPS), or “wire” any money to any employer, for any employer, using your personal account.
- Do not transfer money and retain a portion for payment.
- Do not respond to suspicious or “too good to be true” unsolicited job emails.
- Do not sign an employment contract before getting advice.
- In general, applicants do not pay a fee to obtain a job.
Job and internship listings on Macaulay’s CareerPath portal are for the convenience of students and alumni only. The college has no affiliation with these employers and can make no representation or guarantees concerning positions listed.
See something strange in a job listing? Please notify me right away! We’ll assist you in handling the situation–and make sure other students don’t have negative experiences.
–Gia Chrisman, Assistant Director of Internships