Clemson Center for Career and Professional Development

Career Development & Recruiting

Safeguard Your Search and Protect Your Image

Although the majority of job listings and organizations are legitimate, you may encounter scams, falsified information, or situations that can be physically or financially risky. While registering with a web resource like a job postings board, students should be aware that there are risks associated with providing personal information. Some registration-based web resources collect and disseminate personal information with the intent to leverage your personal information and benefit the company

The Michelin Career Center does not endorse any employer and urges you to be cautious in all of your interactions with potential employers, whether or not you learned about them through the Career Center. Please contact the Career Center at or 864-656-6000 if you feel that you may have been a victim of fraud or become aware of a situation that you think the Career Center should know about.

Common Job Seeker Scams

Tips to Safeguard Your Search

  • Do not give out your Social Security number unless you are sure it is legitimately needed. Some organizations will request your SS# for legitimate reasons (such as a background check). Ask why this information is needed and how it will be used. Generally, organizations will not ask for your SS# until after your interview. Do not ever provide this information online, in an e-mail, or on the telephone.
  • Do not provide anyone with your personal checking or banking information. This information is not needed for any step of the job search process.
  • Do not give out personal information online or over the phone. Personal information such as height, eye color, ethnicity, etc. does not pertain to the job search.
  • Be sure the e-mail address to which you are sending information has the same domain name as the organization. For example, if applying to "Organization X," the e-mail address should have "@Organizations X" somewhere in the address. Be wary of sites/organizations where much of the information is "under construction."
  • Research the organization to be sure that it is legitimate.
  • Be especially cautious when dealing with organizations outside of your own country.
  • Always use good judgment in ALL of your interactions with employers. The Career Center suggests that students request business references for unknown organizations before interviewing with them off campus. The Career Center advises students to interview in public places only.
  • Be cautious when posting your resume online. Research the site to learn if it is legitimate. If you are unsure, limit your contact information on the resume and use generic job titles if yours are unique.

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