Protecting Yourself from Employment/Internship Scams
Throughout the year the Career Education Office works to verify employment and internship opportunities for you in order to ensure that each opportunity we post is truthful and enhances your skills and experience. Every so often we locate a scam or are notified by another local college about a possible employment/internship scam. While the CEO will make every effort to ensure that employers and job postings are legitimate, the CEO is not responsible for the accuracy of employer and job information contained on Goucher Recruit. The providers of Goucher Recruit (NACE and Symplicity) and the CEO do not screen employers or job postings. The best way to protect yourself from an employment/internship scam is to practice vigilance before applying. For this reason we want to ensure that you are taking the measures necessary to identify scams before they become unfortunate situations.
Tips for Identifying Job/Internship Scams
- Research the company and job. Can you locate the company and does the job posting seem to fit? Is the contact information provided in the listing accurate to the main company information?
- The email address associated is not the same url associated with the company
- The posting focuses only on the benefits, not the actual requirements
- The employer asks you to deposit a check for them once you are hired (If the check turns out to be fake or bounces, you may be responsible for items deposited into or cashed against your accounts)
- The employer requires you to pay money up front or to use your bank account
- When you contact the employer/are hired, the job requirements aren't what was stated in the ad
- If it seems too good to be true, it just might be
Protecting Yourself from Scams
- Bring the posting to the Career Education Office for review if you're uncertain
- Search for the email address/phone number/company online- does the company come up in your results? Is any of the information reported as a scam? Does the posting seem to fit with the companies mission?
- Do not provide any personal information unless you feel 100% comfortable with your employer
- Check their references just as they may ask to check yours - Ask to speak with current or previous employees
If you learn about an employment/internship scam please report it to the CEO at email@example.com immediately. For more information on job scams or to report a job scam, visit the Federal Trade Commission.
If you find yourself victim to an employment/internship scam, please report it to the CEO at firstname.lastname@example.org. View these resources on Fraud Victim 6 Step Recovery and Avoid Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for additional support.
PSA from the FBI: Employment scam targeting college students remains prevalent
Job and Internship Search Documents
Building your resume/cv, cover letter, or reference list? Click here to learn about the various search documents you may be asked to submit and how to develop them following professional standards.
Your first impression with most employers will be in the form of your resume and cover letter. Being certain that these documents accurately details your skills and experience is important to help you secure an interview.
Learning to Network
A key element to any job search is connecting and growing your network. This will help you learn more detailed information about the industries you're interested in and about potential openings that may not be advertised publicly.
Goucher alumni are eager to assist students in learning about careers and expanding their network. The Alumni Career Coaches program helps students connect with alumni to talk about career related topics. View the Alumni Career Coaches program page.
Not sure where to start? Follow the links below or schedule an appointment at the CEO.
- Creating Your LinkedIn Profile (PDF)
- Business Cards (PDF)
- 30 Second Pitch (PDF)
- Networking and Informational Interviewing (PDF)
- Networking Correspondence Samples (PDF)
Goucher Professional Network (GPN)
Established through LinkedIn, the GPN is Goucher's online networking group that includes alumnae/i, students, faculty/staff, trustees, parents, and friends of Goucher. The GPN can be tremendous resources as you refine your career goals, explore opportunities to intern or volunteer, and engage in job searching. Visit the Goucher Professional Network page for more details on the GPN, and for information on setting up a LinkedIn profile.
This article from the Bureau of Labor Statistics gives some very helpful tips about approaching and corresponding with potential contacts, as well as good questions to ask during an informational interview.
LinkedIn is a terrific resource for online, professional networking. It provides a great opportunity to connect with professionals in various different fields and levels. Sign up & create a profile to get started. LinkedIn Jobs can help you connect with employers that are looking for candidates that match your experience, jobs with your skill sets and Goucher alumni/ae working for those employers.
Networking Guide (from NYU Wagner)
This "how to" guide provides information about how and where to network.
Links to professional associations for almost every field.
The Riley Guide
Riley Guide is an excellent source of information on professional associations and career options as well as what training and education is needed and where to get it.
Weddles Association Directory
Professional associations and societies often operate websites featuring job boards, resume banks or other employment-related services. These can include job agents, banner advertising and discussion forums for networking. This Directory is specially designed to help you find those association sites. It is an extensive list of associations by their primary professional and occupational focus or industry of interest, and provides a link to their website.
The best way to make sure you wind up with the job you want is to find out as much as you can about the employment opportunities you're considering. Use the links below to begin your research.
Business Journal Directory
From the Baltimore Business Journal website, check out this searchable database of companies in a wide range of industries from various metropolitan areas.
CollegeGrad.com's list of annual list of top entry level companies
Check out the top 500 Entry Level Employers of 2016 listed by CollegeGrad.com.
Fortune Magazine's List of Best Companies
Check out Fortune Magazine's annual ranking of best companies.
Research hundreds of companies to learn about the overall organization, average salaries, interview tips, and read anonymous employee reviews.
Protecting Yourself from Scam Employers
Provided by the Experience network, this article offers suggestions on how to avoid scam employers and job postings.
Resources for Diverse Populations
Vault Vault.com provides industry, company, and interview information. From off-campus, you will be redirected to a login page asking for your Goucher username and password. Once your credentials are verified Vault will open. If it does not, you might need to clear your cache.
This site allows you to research employers and also receive advice on resumes, interviewing, internships, and diversity. It also has internship and full-time job postings.
Preparing for Interview
Although every job interview is different, there are some common elements that appear in most and some things you can do to prepare yourself for much of what your prospective employers might ask. The links below will get you started thinking about what you should know -- and what you should ask. If you have additional questions, give us a call.
A complete guide to information you'll need to ace your interviews.
Interviewing (from NYU Wagner)
This "how to" guide gives a great overview of how to prepare for a successful interview.
From Jobhuntingadvice.com, this page offers a nice overview of every step in the interviewing process- from preparation to the actual interview and follow-up.
Preparing for a Job Interview
Learn how to prepare for different types of interviews.
Professional Dress Tips
Includes tips for professional dress specific for both men and women.
Marketing Your Study Abroad Experience
One of the things that sets Goucher students apart from other applicants is their experience abroad. There are many transferrable skills that students learn while abroad from strengthening communication skills, increasing cultural awareness, to working with diverse populations. Being able to market these skills and experiences to employers can give you leverage as an applicant.
Negotiating Your Salary
One of the trickiest parts of any job interview is the salary discussion. The best way to prepare yourself to sail smoothly through it is to go in with a clear idea of what you want and what you can reasonably expect. The links below will give you an idea of what various kinds of organizations pay for various kinds of work, and you can always contact the CEO to refine your ideas, based on your experience, about how much money to request.
College Grad Negotiations
Site covers everything you need to know to negotiate your salary and benefits.
Search through hundreds of companies to research salary information for specific positions.
See a detailed breakdown of salaries by job title and location.
NACE Salary Survey (PDF)
Compiled by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), this survey provides information on salary offers in a wide range of career fields. This is a great tool to use when preparing for salary negotiations.
NACE Salary Calculator Center
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Salary Calculator Center is the hub for compensation data, with salary data for more than 500 occupations in 560 regions of the United States. Datasets are updated monthly to ensure consistently accurate data. Select the appropriate salary calculator to begin your compensation planning.
From Jobhuntingadvice.com, this page offers a step-by-step plan of how to approach the negotiation process.
Salary Negotiation Guide (from NYU Wagner)
This "how to" guide provides information about how to approach a successful salary negotiation process.
Career Education Office Disclaimer
Goucher College makes no representations or guarantees about positions listed by the Career Education Office (including part-time, full-time, or care giving employment opportunities and internships), either on the website or in the CEO office. Goucher is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of off-campus employment. It is the responsibility of students to research the integrity and safety of the organizations to which they are applying. Students are advised to use caution and common sense when applying for any position with an organization or a private party.
This web site also contains links to other web sites not under the control of the Career Education Office and we are not responsible for the contents of any linked site. The CEO provides these links only as a convenience and assumes assume no liability for acts or omissions by third parties or for any material supplied by them.