Safety and security when aplying for a job

  • Careers24 is dedicated to providing the safest possible environment for you to search for jobs and manage your career in Nigeria.

    To assist with that goal, we ask that you keep a few simple security precautions in mind when evaluating job postings on Careers24 and job opportunities that you may receive unsolicited via email.

    Although all online companies are susceptible to occasional scams, Careers24 makes every effort to prevent this abuse, It is not immune to such activity. To help you conduct a safer job search, we've assembled the following security-related articles and resources. Familiarizing yourself with this information will help you better manage your career.

  • Warning

    Con artists pose as employers or recruiters and offer enticing employment or career opportunities in order to commit identity or financial fraud against job seekers. Job seekers who fall for these scams spend time and money, but not the earnings they had hoped for. Fraudulent employers use job applications to collect personal details such as phone numbers and addresses from job hunters as part of an identity theft ploy.

Red flags of potential scammers

  • Huge salary

    Exaggerate high salaries and promise big part-time earning potential, and seldom offer regular salaried employment.

  • Few jobs, many applicants

    Overhype the job demand or amount of available work.

  • Job requires little time or effort

    Understate the amount of time and effort needed to perform tasks.

  • No experience or qualification required

    Minimize the requirements, experience or qualifications to participate; touting phrases like "No experience is necessary" or job titles like “Graduate Trainee”

  • Pay for more job details

    Require money for instructions before explaining how the employment works.

  • No company name, location or job details

    Withhold relevant information about the company, job description or responsibilities.

Safety and security when applying for a job

  • Good Job description

    Job Title: Microbiologist
    Employer: NBC Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC)
    Location: Lagos
    Salary Range: N150,000 – N250,000 ( Industry related salary range)
    Job details
    Responsibilities –
    • Monitor and control cleaning and sanitizing program for all processing equipment and bottling equipment and carry out microbiological analysis to check the effectiveness of the cleaning and sanitizing procedures for all equipment.
    • Carry out microbiological analysis on intermediate and final products to ensure distribution of high quality products to the market place to refresh the consumers.
    • Ensure good Housekeeping /Hygiene practices of infrastructure and work environment within the manufacturing and total plant operating area.
    • Ensure implementation of Consumer complaints reduction programs.
    Skills and Qualification
    • B.Sc. Microbiology with a minimum of 5 years cognate experience in a related industry.
    • Good understanding of quality assurance and microbiology processes, requirement and specification. Strong analytical skills.
    • Good knowledge of physical and chemical properties of ingredients and materials.
    • Good knowledge of data gathering and interpretation.
    • Exceptional written, oral and presentation skills.
    Deadline: 2 – 6 weeks
    Application email - (company registered email)
  • Bad Job description

    Job Title: Graduate Trainee Generic job title and a bit suspicious
    Employer: Anonymous Company name not stated
    Location: Not specified Specific location not stated
    Salary Range: N200,000 – N250,000
    Exaggerated high salary for the position
    Job details
    Responsibilities –
    General duties as assigned by the company
    Every job role should have at lease basic responsibilities
    Skills and Qualification
    • Candidate must be 18 years of age and above,
    • Candidate should have OND/HND/BSc in any discipline
    • Must have internet access,
    • Must be able to work from home
    • No work experience needed
    • Send your name, sex, age and address to 080xxxxxxxx
    Ridiculously low requirements. A real job will always have some distinguishing criteria and not willing to employ anybody/everybody)
    Deadline: Not specified Generic job title and a bit suspicious
    Application email:
    Generic job title and a bit suspicious

…What to do if you suspect a job advert
or email to be scam?

  • 1

    Do NOT respond to the advert or email

  • 2

    Report it to Careers24 immediately, providing a link to the ad, a copy of the email or
    the name of the company

  • 3

    Be alert for suspicious emails or sms asking for personal details.

  • 4

    If you have supplied your bank account or credit card details, please contact your
    financial institution immediately and ask for their advice

More Advice

  • Most legitimate employers don't charge fees. Applicants should avoid paying up front fees or making purchases to receive a job or employment opportunities.

  • Ask questions. Legitimate employers should be willing to answer questions about the company and job. Steer clear of those not willing to provide details.

  • Careers24 ensures all job adverts on our site are for legitimate job opportunities and will remove any advert identified to have contravened our Terms and Conditions.