We are almost at the beginning of 2024. What we are learning about work satisfaction in studies this year, is that many people in various industries are just not happy!

Many people are looking for a job even if they are making that known to family and friends! Here's just one statistic from the article in the morningbrew that tells you that people are just not as happy as they once were:

When Grindr, the dating app, told all 178 employees to return to the office at least two days a week last month...rough 45% resigned.

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And an even bigger statement about how people are really just unsatisfied with what some bosses ask or may ask is what Deloitte reported on from their survey:

The report "found that 66% of remote workers would quit their jobs if they had to go back into the office five days a week.

One of the most important things to remember when you decide you want to interview for a new job is to make sure you don't get scammed in the process. Scammers will ask for your personal information, promise fake things, and ask for money to purchase computer equipment or other "needed work essentials". There are about a thousand ways you can get scammed, and we are aiming to help you avoid these pitfalls.

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Watch Out for the Huge Salary Offer

You want to believe this huge offer, but that can sometimes mean that the person on the other end of the communication is not who they say they are.

You want to believe you are "worth that much", and there is no shame in that, but just think before you jump at this huge offer.

Remember the phrase, "If it sounds to good to be true then it probably is"? Well, indeed.com says that often an extremely high salary offer, something that is out of the ordinary for the job or your experience, could mean someone is just trying to steal your personal information to eventually rip you off.

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You Never Applied for the Job

This technique to scam potential job seekers is one that has been used over and over again according to topresume.com. If you hear the person over the phone say they "found your resume" online that should send up a red flag.

It's not to say that it is not legitimate, but this is a technique that is used to pray upon unknowing individuals to get their private information so they can take advantage of your identity and financial resources.

As Top Resume points out, recruiters receive so many resumes that it's doubtful that they have to go look around employment websites looking for candidates. Real employees have already received usually hundreds of job applications in their email.

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Don't Give Out Your Bank Information

Aura.com has a great suggestion. If a potential employer is already asking for your banking information the first few minutes you are in the interviewing process then you most likely are dealing with scammers and thieves.

When you are unemployed, you can be desperate, and this desperation can lead to making decisions and choices you wouldn't normally make.

When you know you have to find a job right away to make ends meet you might think about brushing off your gut feelings if something doesn't feel right. Listen to your instincts and cut off contact with that person.

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Vagueness About the Job and What You Would Have to Do

Most people who are looking for an employee want to be very specific with them about what kind of job they are offering, how much it's going to pay, and what they are going to expect of you.

Indeed.com says scammers often try to manipulate the prospective job seeker by being very vague about what the job is and what it entails.

Indeed cautions about the prospective employer only requiring the following from you:

That you be legal age

That you be able to type

Simple criteria

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There Are Many Grammatical Errors

If you are going to take the time to send out an email to someone you are going to hire you likely will make sure that you don't have grammatical errors in the email. Or not?

Either way, according to Carreeraddict.com you should be aware that scammers come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of education, so be wary of an email message you receive.

If the communication from this "company" seems unprofessional then just be aware it could be a scammer trying to get your information.

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