Because it turns into pages of griping about mistakes the applicant made. Look at your own thread on http://www.tefl.net/forums/viewtopic.ph ... 435#p18435
. They got deported because they broke the law, not because of scams or mistakes.
You know Murphy, at the end of the day we
sign the contracts, no one forces us to and if we get scammed it’s no one else’s fault, but often because we
were lured into it either by greed, or outlandish promises that should be obvious. It’s why many sites need to contain warnings not to send cash, or personal documents. Without them, even more scams would occur.
It’s not something that is a secret and has just been discovered. No one is saying there aren’t any scams going on, we all know that, but if we fall for them, isn’t it mostly our own fault? They wouldn’t exist if people knew what to look for. It’s not necessarily a question then of unscrupulous recruiters, but being able to spot the scams and not being drawn into them. I’m biting my lip not to direct you to an article I specifically wrote for the unwary, but we’re not allowed to post our own website links, yet the phrase, ‘TEFL Job Seeking’ is a clue.
I don’t believe I have an ethical responsibility to anyone and if someone intentionally breaks the law, or is gullible enough to fall for these scams, I look on it as more a valuable and personal future lesson learned. You’ll never stop recruiters trying to make money from people with a bog standard degree who think they’re worth 50k¥ a month, or believe they have the skills to become an international director. You can’t stop this by posting scam recruiter links because when they start to get blacklisted, these recruiters simply change their name, get a new throwaway email address and start all over again.
I’m personally going through c**p at the moment, it happens to us all, not because of something I did, but something I didn’t do. I took my eye off the ball, got complacent and am now suffering financially for it. That’s my fault, I left the door for an accounts department to take advantage of my salary and obviously, they did. Lesson learned and it will never happen again.
Initial do’s and don’ts off the top of my head.
Do stick to the big names with a reputation to uphold.
Do insist on email addresses of current employees and contact them.
Do Google the recruiter and check for blacklisting.
Don’t apply to ads that state they have vacancies everywhere. They haven’t, they’re trying to sell you on.
Don’t apply to recruiters who offer salaries beyond the norm.
Don’t reply to recruiters if Yahoo has already put their email in your spam folder.