Two Ways to Differentiate Real Jobs From Fake Jobs

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The process of searching and getting a job is not an easy one. We all know that. What we might not realise is that there are millions of Nigerians looking for jobs and a good number already find themselves loitering within the gambit of desperation – Yes! Job seekers are getting way too desperate.

Tragically, the reality of the situation is that we have too many job seekers chasing not so many jobs, which naturally creates a gaping vacuum. Truth is, job seekers need job openings to be available to enable them apply for these jobs.


Over the years, Jobberman has bridged the gap between job seekers and employers, which explains why it remains the number one job website in the entire Sub-Saharan Africa.

On the flip side, the aforementioned need for jobs has also created a problem. The problem in question arises from the desperation of unsuspecting job seekers. No matter how you look at it, desperation does not look good on anyone. At this point, it is very important to draw a clear line between determination and desperation. While determination deals with firmness of purpose and resolution, desperation usually results in rash or extreme behaviour.

In this article, we will take a look at two key ingredients job seekers in Nigerian need to look out for in the course of hunting for a job or searching for a better on; with references to recent incidents and testimonials. They are:


1. Success stories
2. Trust


1. Success Stories

Just as it applies to every facet of our individual and collective lives, there is always the good and the bad.

The Good
While brands like Jobberman continue to receive scores of success stories on the strength of Nigerians who have gotten jobs via the platform, it has been a case of chapters of sad stories from Nigerians who have fallen victims of job scams and job-related fraud as the criminal practice/trend continues to soar.
For instance, while hundreds of success stories have been shared with the Jobberman brand, there has been a manipulative re-direction in job-related crimes in Nigeria as made manifest in the activities of perpetrators of this crime.
Below are three testimonials from Jobberman:

I got a job as an Operations Manager in Lagos, Nigeria
The job was advertised with Jobberman sometime in February / March 2014 and I applied.I was contacted by the company in August 2014 and had an interview first week in September and started working with the company on the 15th of September 2014.If not Jobberman where I saw the job advert, I would have missed the opportunity.
– Daniel

I got a job as a Field Research Officer in Edo, Nigeria
Funny story. I was reading a thread on Nairaland and people were asking if anyone ever got a job through Jobberman. I myself was wondering too. Few weeks later I found a job listing on Jobberman and filled the application. I got the job.”
– O.A.A

I got a job as a Personal Assistant/Sales Consultant in Abuja, Nigeria
Have known Jobberman for a long time,but never believed I could get a job through it. A friend recently brought my attention to Jobberman,i joined and applied for jobs. I got two jobs and had to select which one to go for. Jobberman is real!!! Thanks to Jobberman.
– Lawal Latifat


The Bad
Barely 48 hours ago, the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) arrested a cripple who had obtained as much as N20 million from unsuspecting Nigerian job seekers.

According to the NCS, the cripple who was arrested was discovered to be one of the most notorious fraudsters involved in online advertising scams on non-existent vacancies in government agencies.

It was further revealed that the arrested cripple, identified as Abubakar Rilwan had been long declared wanted by security agencies in Nigeria prior to his arrest.

Before his arrest, Rilwan was clearly identifies by security agencies as a principal actor in a growing job scam syndicate – What he lacked in physical ability, he surely made up for in his uncanny ability to swindle and defraud his victims.

Below is a quote from the Spokesperson of the Nigeria Customs Service, Mr. Wale Adeniyi who had earlier confirmed the arrest:
“He has duped desperate job seekers to the tune of over 20 million naira, sometimes using the services of lawyers. In one of his escapades, he collected money from 7 (seven) job seekers in Taraba State, issued them fake appointment letters, and caused them to travel all the way to Bayelsa State for fake training. They got there before realizing they were duped.”

Rilwan is currently in the custody of the Nigeria Customs Service undergoing further investigation by other security agencies that had declared wanted for related offences.


2. Trust

Building trust is not a feat to be accomplished overnight – People don’t trust words. Rather, they trust actions. Jobberman takes the task of creating job opportunities for Nigerians very seriously – Till date, this goal remains intact. The best part? Nigerians trust Jobberman to deliver on its promises.

Just as we had with our success stories, we also have the good and bad when discussing the subject matter of trust.

The Good
When people trust a brand, they respect the brand for what it represents as exemplified in the case of Jobberman.
During a recent conversation on Twitter, Jobberman received two votes of confidence voluntarily. Messages like these can only be documented when the pillars of trust remain erect. Read below:

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The Bad
There are sometimes extreme situations of impersonation within the corporate world and there have been several incidence of this for top brands, celebrities and reputable organisations in Nigeria. The most recent for Jobberman was a Twitter page impersonating Jobberman’s Twitter page.
Below are images posted online to warn fans, friends and clients of the Jobberman brand about the activities of the parallel Twitter page as well as feedback from a fan:

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So, like we mentioned earlier, avoid getting desperate when searching for a job. There are always two parts to landing a job – The part where you search for the job and the part where you actually get the job.

If you’re searching for a job online, please ensure the platform you’re using has a reputation that can be trusted and has real success stories and testimonials from candidates who have successfully used the portal to secure real jobs.

What other way do you think fake jobs and scam job portals can be identified?

Lola Olakeye