Student Success Centre

Safe Job Searching/Fraudulent Jobs

The Student Success Centre strongly encourages students to thoroughly research companies to ensure that they make well-informed employment decisions.

Learn how to protect yourself and identify potential problematic job postings.

Safe Job Searching:

Applying for the Job

Career Counsellors are available at The Student Success Centre if you’re unsure about a job posting

If you encounter any problems or concerns with employers/job opportunities posted on CareerCentral, please consult The Student Success Centre immediately.

Attending your Interview

Receiving your Job Offer

Common Job Scams


The “employer” is seeking assistance while they’re out of the country. The student is sent a cheque to deposit in their own bank account and is instructed to make purchases and send them to the employer’s location. The cheque amount will be for much more than the purchases so the student is told to return some of the remaining money via money transfer and keep a portion as pay. Later the student will find out that the check is counterfeit and they have lost the money spent on purchases and transferred.


  • Be suspicious of people willing to hire you without meeting in person
  • Ensure that you have a work contract which outlines how and how much you will receive in wages
  • Your personal banking account should never be used for an employer’s business transaction

Guaranteed Employment

The "employer" asks the student, in order to secure his/her position, he or she must go through a course to be qualified. The student is asked to pay a fee for the course and its materials, and sign a registration form during the job interview. The student will find out later that the employer never sends out any material to him/her, and will not refund the money nor providing a copy of the contract


  • You should not have to pay for training required for a new job
  • Don’t feel pressured to sign any document without having the time to review and understand its contents  and your responsibilities

Employment Agency

The "employment agency" contacts the student who may have posted his/her resumes online or with a job search engine. The agency then invites the student for an interview and promises an employment with good salary. The student is pressured to sign a contract and pay an administration fee or a fee that the student will be refunded later when he/she is hired. Later on, the student never hears back from the agency or he/she will be given a list of referral companies that have never heard of the agency before.


  • If you choose to use an employment agency, research their practices and reputation before signing a contract
  • Employment agencies and Recruiters don’t usually receive payment until someone has been placed or a position is filled

Work Overseas

The "employer" promises a job in a foreign country and the student is invited for an interview in a hotel suite or rented office. The student is then told that he/she must pay a fee for visas or paperwork up front. In some cases, the employer asks the student to send money for an "information package" to secure the promised foreign job. Later on, when the student receives the package, it only contains a list of company names.


  • If you choose to use an overseas employment service, research their practices and reputation before signing a contract
  • Do independent research about requirements of working abroad. you can start with these resources.

Find out about more employment scams here: Employment Scams (Consumer Protection Ontario)