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Currently, in a globalized and digital environment, It is very common for companies to cross the borders of the countries where they are located and look for talent in different regions of the world.

It is common to see companies with ambitious talent attraction campaigns behind professionals who excel in their areas of knowledge or companies that require temporary or permanent labor. because they can't find it in their countries.

However, it is essential to know how to differentiate when it comes to a real and genuine job opportunity., and when it is a false one and with a deceitful or criminal background.

Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  1. Check the source where the information appears. Make sure the information is being obtained from a reliable source; If it is a web page, it must be a secure site, such as a recognized and respectable media outlet, the official website of a company, an embassy or consulate, university, etc.
  2. If it is through a contact or recruiter, Always use corporate email and that it matches the company that is making the offer. Always doubt if they contact you from a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo email, from WhatsApp among others. Do not send information through these means either.
  3. research the company who is making the offer, check their official website, economic activity, where it is located, what vacancies it has open, projects it is carrying out, where it posts its vacancies, what benefits it offers, among others.
  4. Review the job description; This must be in accordance with the economic activity of the company and be related to your the sector in which you operate.
  5. Always doubt too attractive salary offers published in the vacancy and that do not correspond to the reality of the market or the complexity of the position, this is generally used as a lure to attract people.
  6. Any vacancy, and even more so if it is international, must go through a selection process consisting of at least of an application where the CV information is reviewed, an interview where the person in charge of the selection process in the company is met, either in person or virtually, but always revealing their identity and being able to see their face; a salary offer and a contract. If you are offered a charge without going through the entire process, it is likely a scam.
  7. Any job offer abroadmust be tied to a work visano matter what job it is. No actual job offer is made through a tourist visa or without a visa, in case one is not required to enter the destination country. Refrain from continuing in the process if the company does not offer you the necessary resources and documents to process your work visa.
  8. Doubt and refrain from participating in vacancies where they require you to pay for taking a course, certification, for taking a medical exam, mobilization expenses, messaging or administrative expenses. If any of these is truly a requirement to enter the company, 100% must be assumed by the company.
  9. They should never ask you for money to carry out any procedure or stage of the process. The costs of transferring a worker to another country are borne by the employer. Nor should you accept that they be discounted at later stages.
  10. The only expenses that are in your charge are those related to obtaining or renewing your passport or obtaining your own documents or those of your family such as civil registries of birth, marriage, copies of the degree title among others. That is, those documents that are obtained on a personal level.
  11. Never enter dubious links or where they ask you for financial information, account numbers or credit card. If any of these is a field to apply for a vacancy or to continue with the process, abstain!
  12. Evaluate the tone, form, wording and spelling of the communications with which they interact with you. Deceptive offers do not use a corporate tone, they use a local, personal and even confident tone. They usually neglect some details that a company would not.
  13. All the conditions of your new job and contract you must have them clear and agreed before traveling to the new country. Do not believe in offers or in people who promise you the benefits once you have traveled.
  14. formal companies they do not hire expatriate staff that they could easily source locally. On the other hand, he also doubts offers where physical appearance has an important relevance, an example for modeling or acting.

In summary, pay special attention to the source of information, the communication channel they use, if they ask you for money, if there is no work visa involved. If you are the victim of a false job offer, report it to the competent authorities in your country and prevent more people from being deceived.


Maria Fernanda Padilla
Senior Talent Attraction Consultant
LHR Americas.

Her experience of more than 15 years has made her an expert in talent attraction, skills management, identification of high potential and performance profiles, talent mapping for strategic and managerial positions, in the Financial, Health, Technology, Organizations sectors. Social and Oil & Gas.

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