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The Human Resources Office of Student Employment

Student employment is an integral part of the educational and professional development of UA students. Working while in college not only helps students finance their education, it also assists in developing essential job and life-long learning skills, and provides opportunities to network and connect with faculty, staff, and fellow students who can help with the transition to life at UA. The experience gained is instrumental in preparing students for the job market after graduation and beyond.

On our website students can find tools to help find a student job, while parents, supervisors and employers have access to general information for both on-campus and off-campus jobs.

Job Scam Alert

We are continuing to see a number of employment scams that college students are encountering. Some of these appear in more obvious places such as Craigslist, but sometimes a few even make it past our screening processes and onto UA’s Student Employment website. Most recently, these scam artists have been submitting job postings to universities by using local company names for their fake job opportunities. Unfortunately, a few students have fallen prey to these ‘jobs’, losing hundreds of dollars of their own money. 
UA Student Employment has continued to tighten our screening process to prevent these scams from being posted on our employment website.  Be extremely cautious when applying for off-campus employment and remember that you should NEVER PAY for any type of employment opportunities. If any employer asks for money or wishes to engage in wire transfers of cash, please discontinue all correspondence with that employer and contact our office immediately at afann@fa.ua.edu.
Please remember that UA Student Employment does NOT perform background checks on listing employers or companies, nor does it endorse or sanction any employer or company. Job scams do exist, so please always use good judgment when accepting off-campus positions. If you have been a victim of this scam or any other internet-related scam, you may file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at www.IC3.gov and notify UAPD. The IC3 produced a PSA in May 2014 titled "Cyber-Related Scams Targeting Universities, Employees, and Students," which mentioned this type of scam. This PSA can be viewed at https://www.ic3.gov/media/2014/140505.aspx.

How to Spot an Employment Scam:

1. Some positions are more likely to be scams. Always be wary of work from home, secret shopper positions or any job with a generic title, such as caregiver or customer service representative. These positions often don't require special training or licensing, so they appeal to a wide range of applicants. Scammers take advantage of this.
2. If a job looks suspicious, search for it online. If the result comes up in other cities with the exact same job post, it is likely a scam. Also, check the real company's job page to make sure the position is posted there.
3. Watch out for on-the-spot job offers. You may be an excellent candidate for the job, but beware of offers made without an interview. A real company will want to talk to a candidate before hiring him or her.
4. Don't fall for an overpayment scam. No legitimate job would ever overpay an employee and ask him/her to wire the money elsewhere. This is a common trick used by scammers.
5. Be very cautious of any job that asks you to share personal information or hand over money. Scammers will often use the guise of running a credit check, setting up direct deposit or paying for training. This information can then be used for identity theft, so be absolutely certain before you share.

   
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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