Job Hunting and Employment Issues

Looking for Job?

Whether you are a teen looking for a summer job, a recent high school or college grad who is new to the job market or someone wanting to change careers, your success at finding a job depends on the effort you put into finding one. During your job hunt, the last thing you need is to lose money to con artist or to find yourself participating in an unlawful or unrewarding position.

If you lose money to a job scam or want to report a company that is engaging in one of the following deceptive or misleading practices, please file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.

Employment Agencies. Most employment agencies want to find jobs for their clients. But other companies prey on vulnerable populations like the long-term unemployed. Information from the Federal Trade Commission is available to help job seekers avoid deceptive employment counselors or placement agencies.

Government Job Scams. Finding and applying for a government job doesn’t cost you a dime, and anyone who says you need to pay for this information or assistance is conning you. If you are looking for a government job, read this information from the Federal Trade Commission first.

  • Looking for an Idaho-state job? Visit Idaho’s official website for a complete list of available positions. Sign up with to get tweets about new jobs.
  • Looking for a federal job? Visit the United States’ official website for a complete list of available positions. Sign up to get new jobs that fit your criteria emailed to you.

Modeling Scams. It’s nice to imagine yourself walking New York’s fashion runways or appearing in the next Hollywood blockbuster, but that so-called talent scout who hangs out at the mall or advertises in the back of entertainment magazines isn’t going to make your dreams come true. The Federal Trade Commission explains how typical modeling scams work.

Mystery Shopping Scams. If a mystery shopping company requires you to pay it money, the company is scamming you. The Federal Trade Commission provides tips for finding legitimate mystery shopping jobs.

Work-at-Home Offers & Coaching. Opportunities abound for home-based businesses, but most of the ones pitched online or in newspaper ads are designed to fail. Scammers take thousands of dollars from consumers for worthless educational programs and coaching services. By the time the consumer realizes how useless the product is, the time to get a refund from the company or a charge-back from the consumer’s credit card has expired. Don’t fall for the get-rich-quick scams like the ones discussed on this page.

Have an Employment Issue?

The following agencies, which are unrelated to the Attorney General’s Office, provide employment-related services to Idahoans.

Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses (IBOL). If you are new to Idaho and need information about the occupations that require professional licenses or registration, you should visit IBOL, which administers the licensing and registration for a number of occupations, including appraisers, contractors, cosmetologists, counselors, podiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other professionals.

Idaho Commission on Human Rights. The Commission administers state and federal anti-discrimination laws in Idaho in a manner that is fair, accurate and time. The website provides information on employment discrimination related to age, disability, race, color, national origin, religion and sex. Idaho law requires a person to file an administrative complaint with the Commission before the person may file a discrimination lawsuit.

Idaho Department of Labor. The Department’s website provides job listings and career information and allows workers to file wage claims or for unemployment benefits.

Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment. The Department of Veterans Affairs provides veterans with vocational rehab and employment services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development and job hunting skills.