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November 9, 2011

Signs an Internship Listing is Fake

While most listings are real, some can be dangerous. Before using our guide to scoring a kick-ass internship and sending a resume full of personal information, make sure it's a legitimate position.

Here are a few tips to make sure you're not walking into a dangerous situation.

It sounds too good to be true.  Should any work promise that you can make $500 per day from the comfort of your own home, be skeptical.  Sometimes large companies employ a telecommuting assistant, but if that is the case the ad will make it clear.  

The company requests your phone number or other personal information.  “I know, I know,” you say.  But we’ve all done itsent our email and resume into a company we’re not even sure exists. If a listing piques your interest and you feel uncertain, email and ask for details about the position.  

The listing asks for a head shot.  No work that will truly advance your career (with the exception of modeling) will ever ask for a head shot.  That’s not how working models get hired, anyway.  

The unpaid internship requires more than 20 hours a week.  Even if you’re trying to break into a new business, think twice before you donate skills and time for free.  Unique circumstances exist in certain professions, but be bold.  If you’re scheduled part time or more, ask for an hourly wage that at least goes towards for your subway card or the mid afternoon cup of coffee.  

Remember most of all that your skills are valuable and your passions are a gift to the world.  Don’t be duped into any less!

(written by Candice DePrang)

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