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Shoprite recruiting for December jobs, not advertising through Careerhost

In January 2019, Africa Check fact-checked an advert claiming that the South African supermarket chain Shoprite was recruiting new workers. 

Recently another advert was published on a South African Facebook page claiming that there were several “December jobs” available at Shoprite. 

Text on the ad says: “We have new vacancies at your local Shoprite: packers, cashiers, assistants and cleaners.”

The text contains links to a website called Careerhost which redirects to the official Shoprite careers website

The text also instructs job seekers to apply by typing “help” in the comments section. 

But can job-seekers really apply at Shoprite by simply typing “help” on a Facebook post? 

Shoprite does not advertise jobs on Facebook

The retailer told Africa Check: “Shoprite has no association with the Facebook page or Careerhost website”.  

This post is not linked to anyone at Shoprite. The retailer also warned job-seekers against fake adverts requesting fees from applicants. 

“It is important to note that the Shoprite Group of companies will never require any candidate to pay a fee when applying for a position within the Group.”

“Anyone requesting such a fee is not doing so on behalf of the Shoprite Group and is not operating with our knowledge or consent.”

Reliable ads only found on Shoprite website

Shoprite said job seekers should only use their careers website, which has reliable and up-to-date information. 

Details of holiday work for the December period can also be accessed by dialling *120*446# on a mobile phone, within South Africa. 

How to check if job ad real

There are a few important things to look for in any job advert, according to MPC Recruitment Group, a recruitment company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

“Credible job adverts should have a reference number indicated and a valid email address or contact number of the agent or company representative,” consultant Roxanne Oosthuizen previously told Africa Check.

“People can also call the actual firm and speak to their human resources representatives or internal recruitment team.” – Lloyd Hazvineyi


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