How to tell if a job listing is fake

Job listing is fake

If you’re on the hunt for a new medical job, you may have noticed a trend.

Sometimes, you see a recruitment agency job listing that doesn’t seem quite right. It might be that the pay is crazily high, or maybe the copy for the ad seems to have been borrowed from somewhere else. You might wonder – is that job actually real?

Of course, there is a chance that the job is real – sometimes locum doctor rates are very very high, and might seem unbelievable. And, it’s plausible that some job ads might look similar to other ones (especially if different agencies are recruiting for the same clients).

The fact is, though, some agencies create ads that are simply a figment of a recruiter’s imagination, or have exaggerated or incorrect details. These ads may have been written simply to lure you into working with the agency. This practice is called ‘fishing’.

There are a few unethical practices that can sometimes happen in the recruitment industry:

-Ads that have simply been ‘ripped off’ from another website or agency (or even an ad from an online job board)
-Ads for positions that the agency has no right to recruit to
-Ads for a position that does not exist, or has never existed
-Ads with pay rates that are not realistic for the position (or agencies claiming they have the “Best Rates”)
-Agencies claiming to be the ‘preferred recruiter’ for a job or project when they are not

Next time you are looking at ads on a medical recruitment agency website, think critically about what you’re reading and consider whether it could fall into any of the above categories. If you suspect any of these, follow your gut and don’t go with that recruiter. Often, if it seems too good to be true, it is.

Many agencies don’t actually post all of their positions. At Beat Medical, only a very small proportion of the positions we are working with are publicly listed.  This is because we prefer to understand what our candidates are after, and match people to the right positions.

If you do have a negative experience with an agency, you should first bring that issue up with the agency manager/owner, and then approach an organisation such as the RCSA if you have further complaints about unethical behaviour.

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