Swarthmore College Career Services acts only as an intermediary between employers posting job opportunities and candidates searching for job opportunities. We do not verify the authenticity or legitimacy of the jobs or internships that are posted. The ultimate responsibility for researching a potential employer lies with the applicant. We have no control over the quality, safety, or legality of the jobs or resumes posted, the truth or accuracy of the listings, the ability of employers to offer job opportunities to candidates, or the ability of candidates to fill job openings.
Here are few red flags:
- NEVER accept cash or checks from an employer unless you know exactly why they are doing so--especially before becoming an actual employee. Legitimate employers have their own business banking accounts, so there shouldn't be any reason for them to ask you to deposit funds on their behalf.
- NEVER share personal information such as mailing addresses, social security numbers, email addresses. Legitimate employers will know your mailing and email addresses (on your resume or in the application).
- Career Services does what it can to verify the accuracy of each posting posted in our Handshake/UCAN/engIN databases. However, please understand that UCAN and engIN are shared databases among several different schools. Therefore, it is impossible for Swarthmore to verify that all postings are valid. Hence, if anything sounds strange, then please let Career Services know.
- If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
If you ever have any questions about the legitimacy of a posting or an employer, please do not hesitate to contact Career Services. To learn more about how employer scams, please visit Protecting Yourself in the Job Process.