I am still receiving feedback from candidates who receive an unsolicited email requesting them to fax their updated CV and supporting documents (which generally includes ID, Drivers licence and certificates). The fax number 086 email to fax number and in some cases they also claim to be contacting you from one of the larger recruitment agencies! Unfortunately scammers use this information to steel your identity and qualifications and in the worse case marry you off or open up accounts in your name!
So in short…
1.If a recruiter wants to do an education check on you then they need your signed permission and a copy of your certificate. However these checks cost money, so it is cheaper for them to interview you first. Recruiters usually request that you to bring this information with you to your interview.
2.When applying for jobs don’t send all of your supporting documentation. At this stage of the recruitment process they will only need your CV to see if you qualify for the current position. And let’s face it no one wants to download large files and attachments!
If you are worried that the fax request is legitimate and that you may miss out on a job opportunity then do a quick Google search. Find the agencies contact number and phone and ask to speak to the relevant consultant. This way you can phone to find out if this is a legitimate request and will have an opportunity to sell yourself into being granted an interview.
Paying to put your CV forward for a position
The law clearly states that a recruiter is not allowed to charge you to put your CV forward for a position. However by law you are not allowed to rape, hi-jack and murder people so don’t think that this is not happening!
Recruitment agencies make their money from charging their client (the employer) so legally they are not allowed to charge a candidate during a recruitment process.
If you are asked to pay “to apply for a job” or an “administration fee” then warning bells must be going off in your head! Always ask yourself what are you paying for? And what do you receive for your money?
Candidate Assistances does not put you forward for a position however our services provide you with the searching and interview skills to find your own job. Which include but are not limited to Mock interviews (to find out where you are going wrong), Candidate Pack including: 170 interview questions, personalised agency list, covering letters and various scripts. And therefore we are allowed to charge for our services.