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Better Business Bureau: Students in search of summer jobs should use caution

By By Tracy Bracy
May 12, 2014 at 12:12 a.m.


By Tracy Bracy

With schools soon to be out for summer break, high school and college students will begin their search for summer jobs. The bureau is warning students about job scams that could result in money lost and time wasted.

Although the job search is not always easy, it's important to remember that offers sounding too good to be true probably are.

Be wary if you are offered a job without a formal interview or job application.

Do not provide any personal or financial information because it can lead to identity theft.

If the employer does not provide you with the details of the job and its company in writing, that could be a red flag. Check bbb.org to see a business review of the company.

Bureau offers resources for National Small Business Week

National Small Business Week is this week. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, two out of three private sector jobs are created by small businesses. Today, half of all working Americans either own or work for a small business.

In honor of National Small Business Week, the bureau is encouraging small business owners to take advantage of the many resources we offer.

Things like the bureau's Code of Business Practices, which embodies sound advertising, selling and customer service practices to enhance customer trust and confidence in business. This code should be a roadmap for creating and managing a trustworthy business.

Find this and more on bbb.org. We also offer free webinars on relevant topics like advertising, social media, and scams.

Don't give into high pressure sales

The bureau is warning consumers to be on guard when it comes to high-pressure sales tactics during the next few months.

There are many businesses that go door-to-door selling everything from cosmetic products to magazine subscriptions.

During the summer months, the bureau routinely receives an increase in complaints from consumers against businesses that employ aggressive door-to-door selling techniques.

Some examples of high-pressure sales tactics include hostile and persuasive rebuttals to consumer concerns, deep discounts offered upon immediate payment and refusal to take no for an answer.

Don't be pressured to take advantage of a time-sensitive offer. Take time to decide whether you're sure you want the product. Do some comparison shopping at checkbbb.org to find an accredited business.

Finding trustworthy summer daycare

As the school year wraps up, many parents will start seeking child care for the summer. The bureau encourages parents to start their search early and do the necessary research when looking for the right daycare.

In 2013, the bureau received more than 1,000 complaints nationwide against child care centers.

When looking for a child care facility, parents should first determine what kind of facility they need: full- or part-time, in-home or facility-based. Consider the location in relation to home and work, traffic flow, hours, cost and educational opportunities for your children.

Research any child care facility you are considering and look up its Business Review at bbb.org.

You can also turn to organizations, such as the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, for information about child care centers and licensing requirements.

Tracy Bracy is the regional director of the Better Business Bureau for Corpus Christi/Victoria. Contact her by e-mail at info@corpuschristi.bbb.org.

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