LinkedIn strengthens job post verifications
In a recent announcement on Monday, LinkedIn has initiated the implementation of verifications on job posts, enabling users to determine the authenticity of the poster. The verifications encompass various aspects, including affiliation with an official company page, verification of work email or workplace, and validation of government ID through CLEAR. This step is part of LinkedIn’s ongoing efforts to enhance transparency and security within its platform.
Earlier in April, LinkedIn introduced additional means for recruiters and job seekers to verify their accounts at no cost. These methods include government ID verification and confirmation of work email addresses. Moreover, companies utilizing the Microsoft Entra platform can issue digital workplace IDs, further bolstering verification processes.
To combat potential scams and protect users, LinkedIn will now flag messages containing “high-risk content.” These include instances where recruiters request applicants to continue conversations on alternative platforms, which could indicate fraudulent activities. This measure aims to address the proliferation of fake job applicants and deceptive job ads that have become more prevalent amid the pandemic and the rise of remote work.
During the summer of 2022, the FBI issued a warning regarding fraudulent candidates utilizing deepfake technology to conceal their identities. Such individuals would infiltrate companies, gain access to company logins, and compromise sensitive information. To safeguard against these schemes, experts advise HR departments and recruiters to exercise due diligence by thoroughly verifying employee documents, examining social media profiles, and paying close attention during video interviews. It is crucial not to overlook any feelings of unease or suspicion, as they may indicate potential scams, as advised by industry professionals.
In addition to the risks faced by job seekers, fake job ads can also have detrimental effects on employers already struggling to find qualified talent. Building trust throughout the recruitment process is paramount, and a poorly executed recruiting arm can easily appear illegitimate. For instance, Indeed’s support page regarding job scams highlights unprofessional communication and missing contact information as warning signs associated with potentially fraudulent job ads.