Government Jobs Posted on Craigslist – How to Avoid Scams

Craigslist is a great online classified service that connects job seekers with job employers. You can find a legitimate job on the website, but you will also find scams. How can you avoid them?

Avoid any posting that isn’t for a job offer. Since you are searching the employment section of Craigslist, you would assume that all postings are for government jobs, but they aren’t. You will find many “systems,” that will show you how to make use of government grants to get a job or start your own business. You may also get links to another job search website mes jobs, but that website may charge a monthly or yearly subscription fee. Your goal is to find open positions, so focus only on jobs.

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Don’t pay any fees. Most government jobs aren’t like others. You do more than just have job interview. In most cases, you must take and pass a civil service exam. The county offering the job should have these tests available. Although you must pay an affordable fee, you handle the scheduling and payment for your test. Be careful when applying for jobs on Craigslist that state you must pay a fee. They may hide this fee as legitimate a civil service exam. Remember though, you must take the initiative to schedule and pay for your own test. Don’t let someone else you met online do it for you. They may actually just take your money and run.