My aunt’s favourite saying is “sisonke.” It means we are one, and that there is no difference between you and the next person. I never understood what she meant until something bad happened to me. I wanted a holiday job and looked on Facebook. There are many ways to look for jobs, like newspaper classifieds, job centres and community message boards. I chose to use Facebook because I wanted a job as a promoter. When I called the company, I was told that I needed to fill in forms and pay a registration fee. Come what was supposed to be my first day on the job and dololo! I was scammed!
I believe that we must learn from each other’s mistakes. This way, one person’s experience becomes a lesson to all of us. After I was scammed, I looked for other jobs on social media, but this time around I asked my aunt to help me. She taught me that we must always be careful of scams because there are people who use other people. Make sure you get advice from an adult when applying for jobs, they’ve got loads of experience and can give you great tips!
Now I know that when you’re looking for a job you must be on the lookout for scams. When it comes to jobs, you don’t pay to get any type of job so don’t be fooled by requests for upfront costs.
Do your research. Look for information about the company at Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) and see if they are legit! You can also call CIPC at 086 100 2472.
If they claim to have worked with certain shops, brands, companies or celebrities, call them or send them a public message on Facebook to ask if it’s true. Your safety is more important than any hustle.