I work with X and Z Software, divided in 10 specified detailed tasks. However, I found on the Internet a good job post with good salary with Y software that we are starting to use actually along those 10 similar tasks

My question how do I know that this post is not posted by my company? What make me suspicious the terms(words) is used in those tasks and they are really specific tasked that I am actually working with them ALL. This software y is similar to x thats why I am seek to seek this new job

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    Well... who posted that offer? In what page did you see it? – DarkCygnus Aug 7 '18 at 21:51
  • Is there relevant context to this question, i.e. why would you suspect your company is keeping their hiring secret? – Ben Mz Aug 7 '18 at 21:54
  • @darkcygnus online local job searching engine similar to linked in .. they company was confidential – Moudiz Aug 7 '18 at 21:57
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    @ben mz well i dont know actually but they have this habit that they dont share info about hiring new.people we just know next day a new employe is arriving .. – Moudiz Aug 7 '18 at 22:02

One easy way I've done for this is just copy/pasting some of the job descriptions into Google. You can specifically put them in " too in order to do a strict Google search.

You can also check your own careers page and look there. This can do a few things:

  1. If you see a posting similar to the job you think this one is describing you can compare
  2. You can also see the format your company posts jobs in and identify how close this posting is to those
  3. If you saw this on a different job board, take an existing posting from your company page and look for that job there to see if your company actually uses that board

Usually, companies publish offers internally and on their webpage.

These are shared to allow existing employees to apply for a dream job within the company. Also there are jobs listed in various referral programs (recommend a friend for this job).

Maybe your company has such career site, which you can search for the offer and compare if it matches what you found online.

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    OP stated the company has no such policy – SmallChess Aug 8 '18 at 6:46
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    "well i dont know actually but they have this habit that they dont share info about hiring new.people " – SmallChess Aug 8 '18 at 7:04
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    I understand this as actual process of hiring is not shared, not the offers themselves. – Drakemor Aug 8 '18 at 7:15
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    If the jobs are available internally for OP to check, OP wouldn't be asking here. – SmallChess Aug 8 '18 at 7:16
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    @Grandmaster Stack Overflow is filled with questions that could be answered with a simple Google search, or sometimes by just reading the error message they're shown. Not everyone starts by looking where we'd expect them to. – Dukeling Aug 8 '18 at 7:19

In my experience there usually is some contact information to the recruiter in such an anonymous advert.

I would start by emailing/calling the recruiter and ask straight out if it is for your company as you were considering applying but for undisclosed reasons want to avoid that company.

Either they answer you or not. Either way, no harm done as you do not have to disclose your identity.


That's easy. Apply for the position with a strong programming resume copied on the Internet. Replace the details such as locations appropriately. Give yourself a fake name. Get yourself a new phone number and an email address. Company name where you work must be genuine, but you may fake an appropriate job title (e.g. Google's principal software engineer).

Once you are told the company name, delete the email address and your new phone number. If you are still happy for the position, apply it again with your real resume.

Please ask your friend to take the call (or simply just give the recruiter your friend's number), so that nobody will recognise your voice.

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    I don't imagine they'd much appreciate getting a bunch of fake applications. Also, a large percentage of applications go ignored, so this approach seems likely to not actually tell you the company name. – Dukeling Aug 8 '18 at 5:42
  • @Dukeling That was why I mentioned "strong" resume. One could make up a strong resume from the job description. 10 years+ Google principal software engineer, Facebook leading developer, make them up! Do it appropriately. The ignored applications are weaker applications. – SmallChess Aug 8 '18 at 5:44
  • What if they try to Google the fake name? – Dukeling Aug 8 '18 at 7:12
  • @Dukeling Not everybody has Linkedln, if that's what you mean? Linkedln is not a must for applying for a job. It'd also be possible to fake a person on Linkedln as well. – SmallChess Aug 8 '18 at 7:13
  • Why the negative votes? – SmallChess Aug 9 '18 at 2:59

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