You know how badly I wanted to say “hacks” instead of “tips?”  Bigly.  Anyways, if you’re hunting for a summer job, the state’s Better Business Bureau issued some pretty sweet tips.  Also, it comes with a few warnings, too.

Darien Times reports that the summer job market is about to become saturated once again.  Now with the school year ending and college kids back home for the summer, most will probably seek summer employment.

However, those kids have to compete with adults hoping to make a little extra cash.  The amount of adults searching for summer employment tends to go up a little every year.  Gotta thank stagnating wages and rising adult responsibilities, like paying taxes and getting groceries.  Ergo, the market’s exceptionally saturated.

Obviously, the question on these job seekers’ mind is: how do I make sure I make some cash this summer?  How does an over-qualified candidate secure a job meant for a kid?  Turn that around and I’m sure the kids hope they don’t lose out because they don’t have as much experience.

Connecticut Better Business Bureau wants to make sure all potential employees protect themselves from people preying on those exact insecurities.    Their tips will help you look for any red flags in a potential job offer.

If you see them, chances are the job might be a scam hoping to glean your personal and financial information. Other times it could be something completely phony.   Or, it could be something way worse.

Sometimes a potential employer turns out to be an illegal or hostile operation, such as human trafficking.

No, it does happen.  And it happens often.

So, beware of “dream job” offers that tout high-paying salaries for those with little experience.  Especially if the recruiter asks for personal details without you two ever meeting face to face.  Like, they want your social security number or bank information before the interview.  They’ll claim it’s for a background check or to set up direct deposit.

It’s not.

But, people still fall for it and that’s why this scam continues to exist.  Sometimes, people are so desperate, they want to believe the job offer is real.  That’s why you see these tips every year.

The most common phony jobs tend to deal with envelope stuffing, medical billing, data entry, and arts and crafts assembling.  Chances are you won’t get paid $500 a week to stuff envelopes.

Also, there’s apparently a new scam that claims to pay you for shipping packages.  Apparently, your job will ship parcels to your home, for you to ship to an intended recipient that is sometimes out of the country.

Yeah, the BBB says those operations aren’t legit and you could be unwittingly abetting a criminal by shipping contraband to parts unknown?  Meaning: you could get into some serious legal trouble.

That said, if you’re applying to a job online, it never hurts to Google the company.  That way, it gives you a better idea what you may be signing up for.   Especially if the company claims to be a “work from home” business.

Apparently, those can be the most suspect.  Although, working from home sounds amazing.  If you find a legit work from home business that pays well, you’ve found a unicorn.  Treasure it and tell no one until it’s yours.

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