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It's a jungle out there: Job hunting in the digital age

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The economy is rebounding and hiring is picking up again, according to the BBB.

If you are looking for a new job, for your first job, or for a summer internship, the BBB has advice to help you get hired without getting scammed.

Job hunting has gone high-tech. Gone are the days of seeing an ad in the help wanted section of the newspaper and mailing your resume to the company.

Now, jobs are listed online on major websites like (BBB Grade A+), (BBB Grade B+), or on highly-specialized industry job boards. 

Jobs are also posted on thousands of other sites online that may or may not be reputable.

Companies have automated the application and screening processes so much so that your resume may not be seen by a human, at all. Online job searching tools and automated application processes greatly increase the number of people who apply for available positions.

There could be literally thousands of resumes sent from candidates around the world who are all applying for the same job. To process this volume of prospective job candidates, larger companies have sophisticated applications that screen electronically submitted resumes to find the top candidates that best match the job description.

You may think you are the perfect candidate for a position, but the computer may not.

Or worse, you could submit your resume and personal information to an online job scam and become the victim of identity theft.

The BBB has these six tips for getting hired without getting scammed:

1. Check the job website out before you submit an application through it. Go to BBB and search by the website's URL to see if other job seekers have filed complaints.
2. Read the job website's Privacy Policy to see how your personal information will be used. Will they sell your name and address to advertisers and marketing companies?
3. Do not pay a fee to access a job website's list of positions. The positions available to view are usually copied from other websites that list jobs that you can view without paying a fee. 
4. Do not provide your social security number to anyone who contacts you via email, phone, social media or text in reference to a job. You should only provide your social security number if you are hired.
5. Do not pay an advance fee via credit card, pre-paid debit card or wire transfer for any type of cost related to being hired. You should not have to pay up front for a background check, an application fee or training materials. Advance fees are a major red flag for scams.
6. Use caution posting your resume on online job bulletin boards. Resumes contain personal information that could compromise your identity or your safety.

For more information about identity theft and job hunting scams, please visit BBB.

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