DiceTV: How to Find the REAL Jobs

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The Script

Wow, this job offers great pay, telecommuting and doesn’t require a lot of technical experience. I wonder if it’s a real opportunity or a scam.

I’m Cat Miller and this is DiceTV.

First, let’s review the characteristics of a legitimate job opportunity. Genuine postings generally include a thorough job description and a specific list of technical requirements, because employers want to avoid inquiries from unqualified candidates. If you hear about the job from a reliable source like a major job board or a colleague, chances are it’s legit.

Real ads usually contain the name of the company or agency, a link to its website as well as the recruiter’s contact information. Employers and agencies go to great lengths and expense to build an employment brand, so why hide it?

A bona fide posting usually specifies a closing date and work location because job searches are time sensitive — the others are just fishing expeditions.

So how can you spot a scam? If clicking on a link redirects you to another site that’s not related, or bombards you with advertisements. If you’re asked to register, sign up for training, supply personal information or a credit card to get more details about the job. If the job description is vague and generic like: Our client needs an experienced DBA or we can get you a government job.

Be cautious when there’s no defined hiring process because legitimate recruiters screen candidates and follow regimented hiring procedures.

So how can you protect yourself? Check out the company on sites like Glassdoor, Manta, or Hoovers. Search the databases of the chamber of commerce, better business bureau or state business entities to make sure it’s a legitimate concern.

If you’re still not sure or the employer is confidential, send the recruiter an e-mail expressing interest before sending your resume. As an FYI most companies use a third party recruiter to conduct a confidential search.

Don’t give out any personal information or send your resume until you’re confident the opportunity is legitimate and remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably a scam.

I’m Cat Miller and this has been DiceTV. We now return you to your regular desktop.

No Responses to “DiceTV: How to Find the REAL Jobs”

  1. John Lucas

    This information would have been pertinent about 12 years ago. This article did not really spell out how to find a “real” job but rather how not to get scammed.
    AND, real companies usually do not post their real information because they do not want recruiters trying to do what they pay their HR people to do.

    • Mike, I am sure you have a nice job but there are millions looking for work (like me) who are desperate and there are plenty of awful people who would take advantage. The video may have obvious information but still good to see out there.

  2. I see the problem in the real world. There is a particular SNMP job in silicon valley that has been open for six years. Being an expert in SNMP I applied, but received no response.

    I believe the agency posting the job is just trying to create a database of developers so they can have the appearance of having resources.

    Then there are the job postings that require longer experience with specific technologies than the age of the technology.

    It is disingenuous to give developers hope regarding a specific position when it doesn’t exist.


    It is sad that these people pollute the