By Catherine Powell
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They say it's hard to find good help. While this little ditty has stood the test of time, the opposite can also hold true, especially in the age of the Internet. While it's currently reported that there are some 9.5 million jobs posted online, not all the postings are legitimate. What I mean by that is some of the postings are what's referred to as "ghost jobs." No, I'm not talking about applying for a job as a ghost buster. Ghost jobs are help wanted ads posted by companies who have no intention of filling the position. Some of these positions have already been filled, while others aren't currently available or don't exist at all. Apply for a ghost job and you won't hear boo from the employer, no matter how well qualified you happen to be. Not only does this waste your time, in some cases it can come to haunt you. Below are ten things you need to do to identify and avoid ghost jobs, as well as what can happen if you don't heed my warning.