SJSU Handshake Disclaimer
The Career Center policy below describes the nature of the jobs and employers appearing in SJSU Handshake. Although we monitor the site, we are unable to screen every individual employer or job posting. Those who use the job listings do so at their own risk. The Career Center, its staff, the California State University System and the State of California assume no liabilities related to the accuracy or inaccuracy of information provided in job listings and do not represent or act on behalf of the hiring authority. Site users are urged to validate job postings and use caution and common sense when applying. Do not disclose social security numbers, credit card information or bank account numbers to unknown employers.
If you believe an employer has misrepresented a job or his/her organization in any way, contact the Employer Services staff immediately at (408)924-6031 or by email at email@example.com.
Fraudulent job posting information from the SJSU Information Security Office:
Information from the Internet Crime Complaint Center:
Additional tips that the posting might be a scam:
- If you are offered money or funding prior to the start of the job.
- If you receive an unexpectedly large check or payment.
- If the posting appears to be from a reputable, familiar company yet the domain in the contact’s email address does not match the domain. For example, a posting from Google would only have an email domain of '@google.com'. Another way to validate is to check the open positions on the company’s website.
What if you are already involved in a scam?
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has given the following instructions to students or individuals who have responded to fraudulent postings:
- The student should immediately contact the local police. The police are responsible for conducting an investigation (regardless of whether the scam artist is local or in another state).
- If it is a situation where the student has sent money to a fraudulent employer: the student should contact their bank or credit card company immediately to close the account and dispute the charges.
- If the transaction occurred completely over the internet, the student should file an incident report with the Department of Justice division of Computer Crime & Intellectual Property, or by calling the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-832-4357).
Enabling Profile and Documents to be Public
When your profile and documents (ex. resume) are public, you are authorizing the San José State University Career Center to provide access to employers registered with the Career Center and its partners for recruitment purposes.
Contingent upon the contents of your profile and documents, your personal information, such as name, address, telephone number, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, GPA and most recent previous educational agency or institution attended may be shared. Employers are not to share this information for commercial purposes.
The default setting of your profile is public to employers. To make your profile private, click your name on the top menu, select Settings and Privacy, and deselect Allow employers to be able to find and view my profile.
To hide your GPA while keeping profile public, click the icon next to Primary Education and select Hide from Employers.
To make your documents public, go the Documents box, click Manage Documents, and select any existing or newly uploaded documents to Feature on Profile.
Tips for Your Public Profile and Documents
- For your resume, use a well-developed, general resume as your public “default” resume – be sure to have it critiqued by a Career Center staff member!
- It’s a good idea to keep personalized documents (like cover letters) and customized versions of your resume private - and only for use in specific job applications.
- Only include basic contact information: your name, phone number and email address. You can also choose to include city and state.
- Update your résumé regularly – at least once a year, preferably once a semester.
Should you decide at any time to make your profile and documents private, simply update your profile and document settings.