These people called my cell phone. As soon as I saw the number, I came to this site, read the feedback, and wisely ignored the call. I got an automated message regarding "your recent job application with a client of ours." I immediately deleted it, and saved the number as "SCAM" on my cell.
I got a call from Career Networks today and decided to wait for the "verification specialist" to come on the line. Supposedly, they are representing a company that received my resume. They said they were collecting more information. After a few minutes, the verification specialist came on and asked for my phone number to verify the call. I gave him my number without the area code and he came up with my first name. He asked if I was still looking for work and I responded that I was. I asked who his client was (the company that got my resume) and he responded that there was so much interest in the opening that the company wanted to remain anonymous. I don't send resumes to anonymous companies so, since I already supposedly know who this company might be, why would the company now wish to keep its identity from me? I told the specialist that, because the company wants to be anonymous, I would not continue the interview. I hung up the phone. Now I am trying to figure out what trap I fell into that gave Career Network as much info as they have on me.
This was probably triggered by job hunting.
I have no idea how long you're supposed to wait for a human. But, I sincerely doubt there's anything legit here.
I think everyone here should consider filing a lawsuit against this company. They commit fraud when they "take" your information and do NOT provide any service as advertised. I will be watching for the junk mail or other indications of information THEFT. If it happens I will seek legal counsel and file suit if possible. I'd urge others to do the same. Life is hard enough and jobs are few. This only makes it worse.
Bogus Joboffer Aug 27th, 2009
So, I didn't find this website until AFTER I had talked to a 'verification specialist' from Career Network, but the job that they said I applied for a week ago was a job that I had applied for almost a month ago and they're just NOW getting around to me? I told her that I was no longer looking for a job, which is true (thankfully), and hung up.
I don't understand why people cannot just take the time to send me a 5 minute e-mail asking to speak with me, why all the run around? No one can be that busy!
I agree with everyone else, don't waste your time!
Thanks for this as they called me yesterday saying the same thing about job application verification and that it would take up to 45 minutes so I said I would call back and the woman could not find the phone number for her own company! I am sorry about this as I would really like to get a job and no one seems to get in touch. I see these postings on Craigslist and all the ones I sent to that are a person's name @gmail bounced me into a "fill out this form online" thing that looked like I was being scammed.
I just received a call from this number. They informed me of a verification specialist that needs to confirm my information. The message mentioned that I applied for a job a week ago (which is not true b/c I haven't applied for any job with Career Network, and if I had, it definitely wasn't a week ago). This call is NOT, and I repeat NOT, legit or worth your daytime minutes. If an employer wants to hire me, they NEED to get a personal HR Representative to contact me professionally rather than these recordered voicemails from telemarketers.
I too applied for a job with Career Network. I wasn't too happy with all the extra adds and things that it wanted me to answer online just from applying. I received a call yesterday from this number and it was a recording saying they tried to reach before but couldn't (untrue I have no record of the call. But I figured I'd call back and see what was up, I'm very cautious because of all those scams out there. When I finally got a "verification specialist" on the phone they told me it would take about 45 minutes and I said sorry I don't have time right now. I was getting ready to try again when I got to thinking why do I have to make a long distance phone call to verify the information that is already on my resume. I'm not happy that I fell for this and really hope that my information doesn't get sold and I get tons of spam email and telemarketing phone calls, I don't need them eating up my cell minutes!
Dawn - Michigan Aug 26th, 2009
I keep copies of all jobs I have applied for with dates, what job board, etc. I was called,supposedly from this number, referencing a job I applied for on a date I can not find, in my files. I have not applied for a job on Career network, nor the position they told me I applied for. I did not give them any information. They gave me all my information, phone, email, and address. John, the verification specialist, told me that he had all of the information he needed and he would put me in the next stage, for this position. He told me that if I was to be contacted again, that it would be directly from the company recruiter. I wrote down the number that appeared on my caller id and did a reverse look up. It came up as no information for this number. I googled and white paged Cereer Network, and came up with nothing. This smells like a scam and I am wondering what they are going to do with my information. Everyone be careful. Who gets their kicks messing with people that are unemployed. I will post more if I get contacted again.
Larry - Mich. Aug 21st, 2009
Like Steve below I applied for a job on Career Network. I didn't realize it was them who was calling me until I read Steve's comment. The way I see it is they have my email address to reply to. If they are not professional enough to leave a message on my phone then I don't want to do business with them anyway and I question their legitimacy. I don't answer numbers I don't recognize and will continue to do this. Thanks for the insite Steve.
Patricia - Ohio Aug 04th, 2009
Any caller who doesn't leave a message is just really not that interested in doing a complete job. - I don't answer numbers I don't recognize. This call was the forth bogus call this morning. The first three came up as "unavailable". It's Monday and the 'nuts' are out. At first I thought this caller was a political ad because they get around the DNC list and this number was from Washington DC.
I don't understand why an out of state company would be looking to check for another company. If I am looking for a local job I don't want to be routed through another state.
I've been applying for jobs for a while now. I get a call from 202-591-2220. I answer and a recording says the "Career Network" will put me on hold for a "verification specialist" in response to a resume I've submitted to a company recently. HUH? Needless to say, I hung up. They called me again the next day and, after two lame recordings, this time a "verification specialist" came on and wanted my phone number to verify I was the applicant. I told her to get lost.
Ok...Here's the rub. I answer a job ad in good faith and the company who placed the ad is too busy talk to me personally. I kinda get that part, but that's the first red flag. The second red flag is that they hire another company with "verification specialists" to screen applicants over the phone, and I the applicant have to give the "verification specialist" info I've already submitted (in confidence, presumably) to the company that advertised the job? Now, if this "Career Network" if legit, my personal info is in the hands of some telemarketing outfit who will do god-knows-what with my information, and that is the third red flag.
Don't fall for this shit.