Job Postings Scams are real.  Baker’s Career Services office works hard to filter out questionable postings that go online at http://www.collegecentral.com/bakeru but students have been approached directly.    Read on:

Be Aware of Job Postings Scams

While you’re working hard to make sure you land that perfect job, be aware that the perfect job may not be so perfect. Con artists and scammers post fraudulent jobs that sometimes are difficult to spot at first. Keep reading to learn some tips on what should raise a red flag and how to protect yourself if you think you may have applied for a fraudulent job.

Fraud Posting Red Flags

Although the staff in The Career Center reviews job and internship postings to determine legitimacy, we want to make sure you are aware of these signs that are red flags that a job or internship posting is fraudulent:

  • The job posting asks you to provide your credit card, bank account numbers, or other personal financial documentation.
  • The posting appears to be from a reputable, familiar company (often a Fortune 500), or even a well-known local establishment. Yet, the domain in the contact’s email address does not match the domain used by representatives of the company (this is typically easy to determine from the company’s website). Another way to validate is to check the open positions on the company’s website.
  • The contact email address contains the domain @live.com, @hotmail, @yahoo, @gmail, etc.
  • The position requires an initial investment, such as a payment by wire service or courier.
  • The posting includes many spelling and grammatical errors.
  • The position initially appears as a traditional job…upon further research, it sounds more like an independent contractor opportunity. Debbie Kaylor, Career Center Director at Boise State University, discusses this further in her blog posting at: http://www.bsucareercenter.blogspot.com/.
  • You are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account (often for depositing checks or transferring money).
  • You receive an unexpectedly large check (checks are typically slightly less than $500, generally sent or deposited on Fridays).
  • You are asked to provide a photo of yourself.
  • The position is for any of the following: Envelope Stuffers, Home-based Assembly Jobs, Online Surveys.
  • The posting neglects to mention what the responsibilities of the job actually are. Instead, the description focuses on the amount of money to be made.
  • The employer responds to you immediately after you submit your resume. Typically, resumes sent to an employer are reviewed by multiple individuals, or not viewed until the posting has closed. Note – this does not include an auto-response you may receive from the employer once you have sent your resume.
  • The position indicates a “first year compensation” that is in high excess to the average compensation for that position type.
  • Look at the company’s website. Does it have an index that tells you what the site is about; or does it contain information only about the job you are interested in? Scammers often create quick, basic web pages that seem legit at first glance.
  • Watch for anonymity. If it is difficult to find an address, actual contact, company name, etc. – this is cause to proceed with caution. Fraud postings are illegal, so scammers will try to keep themselves well-hidden.
  • The salary range listed is very wide (i.e. “employees can earn from $40K – $80K the first year!”)
  • When you Google the company name and the word “scam” (i.e. Acme Company Scam), the results show several scam reports concerning this company. Another source for scam reports is: http://www.ripoffreport.com.
  • Google the employer’s phone number, fax number and/or email address. If it does not appear connected to an actual business organization, this is a red flag. The employer contacts you by phone, however there is no way to call them back. The number is not available.
  • Google Map the physical address of the organization. If the “street view” image does not appear to be a business operation, then it is more than likely a scam.
  • The employer tells you that they do not have an office set-up in your area, and will need you to help them get it up and running (these postings often include a request for your banking information, supposedly to help the employer make transactions).
  • For more information on Fraudulent Jobs or Job Scams, please review the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information site at www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0243-job-scams

What if You are Already Involved in a Scam?

We called the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and received the following instructions for schools to share with students who have responded to fraudulent postings.

  • The student should immediately contact the Campus Police (219-989-2220) The campus police are responsible for conducting an investigation (regardless of whether the scam artist is local or in another state).
  • Please contact The Career Center too. Although we make every effort to review postings before they go live to our campus community, we want to be informed of illegal activity related to postings so that there will not be other victims.
  • In addition to the above instructions, if it is a situation where the student has sent money to a fraud employer: the student should contact their bank or credit card company immediately to close the account and dispute the charges If the incident occurred completely over the Internet, the student should file an incident report with the: http://www.cybercrime.gov/, or by calling the FTC at: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

Thanks to Natalie Connors from Purdue University for sharing this post.

Hello from Career Services!

We’ve had an exciting summer.  The Career Services office is now back in the Long Student Center with new, bright and beautiful offices.  Stop by and see us whenever you are on campus in Baldwin City.

As you can see below, several of our interns had great summers expanding their academic studies into real life experiences that not only built their resumes but their confidence in their majors and career paths!  You can do one too.  Or maybe two!

Jordan Buscher

Jordan Buscher:  Elementary Education Major and Church Service & Leadership Minor.  “My internship at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Overland Park, KS was an amazing experience. Through this internship I was able to lead a middle school girls bible study, assist in planning youth mission trips and events while working with four other college age youth interns. This internship also gave me the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Jamaica. This life-changing trip was the highlight of the internship. This past summer gave me a lot of behind the scenes experience in youth ministry and reinforced my interest in pursuing this field once I graduate from Baker.”


Michelle Critchfield:  History and Psychology Major.  “My internship at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum (Independence, MO) was an incredible opportunity to be directly involved with the everyday functions of a highly regarded presidential library and museum in the United States.”


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Chris Tuso:  Business Finance Major:  “I really enjoyed my experience this summer at Lockton Companies (Kansas City, MO). My internship program exposed me to many different facets of the risk management and insurance industry. I was fortunate enough to be able to work on a variety of complex tasks for my supervisors including work for brand name clients such as Tyson, VF Corporation, Aaron’s, and so on. I couldn’t have had a better summer.”

If you are interested in doing an internship or just want to learn more, feel free to contact me to set up an appointment and get the ball rolling!


Susan Wade, Director, Career Services


Jillian PicBlogalogadingdong

I’m an upperclassman in college. Like, what? When did this happen? How is this a real thing? Who approved this? Sometimes I think that I am going to wake up from a dream and realize that I am actually still a sophomore in high school with acne, a Beatles haircut, and a desire to talk to boys without having an asthma attack. I was a real catch, folks. Back on track though, I’ve grown and learned so much since my freshman year here at Baker on both a personal and professional level.

1)      I’ve learned that it is okay to not have your life completely planned out. It’s totally okay to change majors.  Almost everyone does and for those who don’t, congratulations because I am super indecisive so that’s quite the feat in my eyes.

2)     I’ve learned that you need to study and prepare. While winging it is a semi effective mean of getting through high school or an unexpected night out in Lawrence, it’s not going to bode well for you in college classes.

3)     I’ve learned to use my professors when I need help. They don’t hold your hand like your high school teachers did, but they do still want you to succeed. They want to help you plan out your four years here and make sure you can graduate on time and pass that test that you’ve been crying about because you don’t have any idea how to find the square root of 64. (Disclaimer, I do know the square root of 64. It’s 8. I think.)

4)     I’ve learned that you have to get out of your comfort zone. College is about meeting new people and through all the events that SAC, Greek Life, and the Res Halls put forth, there is no reason to stay in your dorm and be an antisocial cotton-headed-ninny-muggins.

5)     I’ve learned that being a theatre major is a lot harder than it seems. There is so much more to theatre than being a superstar onstage or pushing a button on the sound board. There are always plays to be read and analyzed, lines to memorize, sets to build, costumes to design, and much more. It is a constant challenge and while I sometimes want to pull my hair out, I cannot think of anything I would rather do. I love every minute of it.

6)     I’ve learned that 69 cent drinks (75 cents with tax) at the Kwik happen during the summer and finals week and should be taken full advantage of. Your bank account can thank me later.

            Now while I still have almost two years left at Baker and a whole lot more to learn, these first two years have been challenging and full of adventures in discovering who I am and who I am supposed to be.

There is a passing lane and not just on the street.  There is a passing lane on sidewalks, on bike paths, in corridors and especially on the escalator at the airport.

The most important place to keep the passing lane open is the airport. Because sometimes, through a series of unfortunate events, a perfectly responsible, law-abiding citizen with careful planning habits, can be late for her plane.

If there are two escalators moving in the same direction and you want to plant yourself on one step, take the escalator on the right and let the people who come flying like bats out of hell with arms, legs and bags akimbo, pass by on the escalator to the left.  If there is one escalator, stay to the right side and let them squeeze by you on the left.  (There should be escalator signs like those road signs in Canada that say: “Squeeze Right.”)  This means also moving your carry-on bags and other traveling companions to the right, too — on the stair above or below you.

If you need to get by some escalator squatters blocking the way, say “Please excuse me.” Have patience with parents traveling with small children.  They get enough mean looks from everyone else.

From the Culture and Manners Institute at http://www.cultureandmanners.com

I have read articles that in some restaurants, if you receive a white napkin, you may request a black napkin.  The thinking behind this is that most people in business are wearing dark suits — navy, charcoal gray or even black — and a white napkin is more likely to leave visible pieces of lint on a dark suit.

My reaction when I first read about this was: Really?  Are there people walking around in business coated with unsightly white napkin lint and unbeknownst to them, causing others to recoil in horror?  I think people plastered with cat hair and dog hair is a bigger issue.  And I get that.  Growing up, the dog we had was an American Eskimo, a white fluffy hunk o’ burning love that, as soon as you put on any navy colored clothing, would chase you around the house looking for affection.  My brother used to say we needed a blue dog.

If the restaurant has black napkins, great.  But please, please do not make a special request for a black napkin during a business meal, particularly in an interview.  You never want to appear high maintenance.

And if you have pets, keep them off the furniture and load up on lint brushes.

From the Culture and Manners Institute at http://www.cultureandmanners.com

Once in a while, we cover how to eat a slice of bread or a roll served at a meal.  Tear off a bite-sized piece, butter it, then eat it.  When you are ready for some more, tear off another bite-sized piece, butter it and eat it.

The question often comes up, “What about toast at a breakfast meeting? Do you tear off a bite-sized piece of your little toast triangle, butter it, jelly it, then eat it?”

As it turns out, there is a different approach to toast.  Cut the toast in half (if it is not already served that way) and butter each half, while keeping it on your bread plate.  Do not cradle it in the palm of your hand and butter it there.  Same with the application of jelly, jam, preserves, marmalade, nut spread or what have you — the toast stays on the bread plate.

The reasoning behind this is that toast is best enjoyed when the butter melts into it. Though we all know most toast served in a restaurant arrives to the table at the same temperature before it went into the toaster.

Hold the toast by the edge and bring it to your lips.  If any of the jelly slips onto your fingers, wipe your fingers on your napkin, not your tongue. And while on business, there is absolutely no dunking of toast in your coffee or tea.

From the Culture and Manners Institute at http://www.cultureandmanners.com

Jillian PicI would love to be able to tell all incoming freshmen that college is easy. That they will have the time of their lives figuring out exactly what they want to do and exactly how to do it quickly and efficiently in a four year window. I would also love to have an endless supply of Chipotle burritos to consume at any given moment that my hunger decides to strike. But, as the Rolling Stones once said, “You can’t always get what you want. You get what you need.”

Baker has taught me and continues to teach me every day that this road to getting a degree will not be an easy one. I am going to have to study more, socialize less, and make hard decisions. Do I want to have to go through four years of uncertainty and countless hours of studying to enter into another world of even more uncertainty combined with a make it or break it attitude without the backboard of Baker to get me back on track? Absolutely not. I need to though. I need to utilize these four years at Baker to my full advantage. I need to ask my teachers questions, consume this knowledge that I am paying for and so willingly seeking like a Chipotle burrito, and ask the career services department exactly what in the world I can do with my degree and how I can effectively get there. My theatre teacher in high school always said to us, “I didn’t say it would be easy. I said it would be worth it.” I’m starting to think she was onto something.


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