Avoid job scams

By Jen Haley, producer


NEW YORK (CNN) -- Question 1. I recently filled out a job application. I wrote in my work e-mail address as a way to contact me. Should I have written another e-mail address? -- Kile

Bottom line here Kile -- get a personal e-mail address, like Hotmail or Yahoo to use for your job search. You don't want to use company resources when you're out trying to get a new job. And you never know if someone from your current job will inadvertently find e-mails you don't want them to see. What if someone picks up your BlackBerry? Or your company has a policy of monitoring e-mail. Don't take the risk. And definitely don't send out resumes from your work e-mail.

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Question 2. I have an upcoming job interview, but the employer wants me to get a credit report before the interview date. They recommend using a specific Web site for this information. Is this legit? -- Kristen

Well, hate to break the bad news to you, but this is a scam. The employer probably isn't real. We spoke to the Better Business Bureau, and this kind of thing has been happening for years.

That Web site that you're directed to isn't a place to get your credit record -- rather it's a credit monitoring service that charges your credit card every month. The only place to get your credit report is annualcreditreport.com.

And further, if a legit employer wants to check your credit, they will do it, and not ask you to. And if you ever have any kind of doubt about an employer's legitimacy, always go to the Better Business Bureau.

Question 3. I need help locating green jobs.-- Jim

Jim -- your best bet for finding a green job is to look locally. If conservation is your passion, join local conservation groups. Look for non-profit volunteering groups at idealist.org.

Check out local networking resources like meetup.com or a nearby chapter of Green Drinks International.

There are also a number of job boards dedicated to finding green jobs. They include: Greenbiz.com, renewableenergyworld.com or treehugger.com.  To top of page

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