Watch Out for Seasonal Job Scams

Companies still need part-time workers this holiday season.

Small businesses, catering, and delivery companies, especially, need staff to handle the end of the year peak.

Stay alert, though, holiday time is prime time for scammers.

The Better Business Bureau shares some tips to stay safe if you’re looking to earn some cash in the coming month.

“They can lure you in with a promise like a couple hours a day, you don’t have to leave your home, you’ll see those type of ads and you have to ask yourself is this too good to be true and it usually is. Most of the people I talk to say I know it didn’t feel right, but I did it anyways,” said President/CEO of BBB Falling the Fall Line Corridor, Kelvin Collins.

Be wary of companies of which you’ve never heard.

“Many times when we talk to consumers, these type of companies are outside the country and hard to track down and determine if they are actual companies and most of the time they are not,” said Collins.

Watch out for job listings on social media.

“Social media does open an opportunity for scammers to lure you in to make you feel more comfortable thinking you are dealing with friends, but many times people get scammed by thinking that,” said Collins.

Your safest bet, register with a temp agency to be placed for holiday work.

“It gives you an opportunity to step into a company and try it out before you become a full time employee,” said Collins.

Even if a full-time position doesn’t open up by New Year’s day, monitor the store’s job listing site and stay in touch with the manager.

With unemployment numbers low, your chance of turning a seasonal gig into a full-time job could be promising.

If you are still looking for seasonal job employment here are some tips from the BBB on how to nail down that full time position after the holiday season is over:

· Keep all options open — do not confine yourself to large retailers and department stores. Smaller stores also take on extra help to deal with the growth in holiday shopping.

· Be resourceful — register with temp agencies, search online job boards and network through family and friends. Use search engines and social networking sites to find valuable leads using keywords such as “temp” or “seasonal.”

· Be prepared — when looking for opportunities at the mall, dress for success and bring resumes with you in case a potential employer wants to interview you right away.

· Be flexible — full time employees usually get the first choice of work hours, and holiday jobs usually require working long hours, evenings and weekends.

· Be aware — scammers will be out trying to entice you with promises of big money for small jobs. Be sure to ask many questions, and go with your gut if something does not feel right. If it is too good to be true, it probably is.

Seasonal work provides opportunities for permanent positions, as well as new skills, including multi-tasking, customer service, team work and time management.

Check out BBB.org for more information about seasonal job scams.

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