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Warning Signs From A Job Ad- This Job Is Not For You!

July 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments

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Now and again, I think of an idea for a post.

Then I research it. And sometimes I find a much better post talking about exactly the thing I wanted to post on.

This is one of those times. I wish I had posted this. Since I didn’t, I’ll link to it. These are 6 excellent warning signs when you’re looking at job ads/applying for jobs. If you encounter any of the following, head for zee hills.

Beware of all scammers and shady operators. Follow these six steps and you should be ok.

Which of the tips have I seen most often as a warning sign for job searchers? Simple. This one:

They run the same job ad week after week. And the week after that. Did you ever notice that some big companies run the exact same ad (with slightly different wording) almost regularly? There may not even be a job opening, but the high rate of turnover at this jobs almost guarantees they’ll be needing someone soon. Keeping a constant supply of new hires in the pipeline secures their chances of having someone trained and ready to work these jobs at any given time – if only for a few months.

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  • Jodith

    I know exactly what you’re talking about. There’s a local company here that has adds almost every week, usually multiple adds, and I see the same ones posted every couple of months. I’d heard through the grapevine that they are a terrible place to work, and that is confirmed by all the adds they place.

    You can assume that if they are advertising that often, that their turnover rate is high. And if the turnover rate is that high, there much be reason. They might be a good port in a storm if you are desperate for work, just to hold you over until you find something else, but don’t look to them for long term job satisfaction.

  • Scott

    Great points! But IF the job is of interest to you I would recommend still checking them out.

    My reasoning for still making the effort for the interview are as follows: Going on a interview, any interview,
    * can help hone your interview skills. Just because you go on an interview doesn’t mean you have to say ‘yes’ to an offer.
    * it will provide a better ‘inside’ look as to what REALLY is going on. Inerviewing is a two way street. You are interviewing THEM as well. This may present an opportunity to interview employees as well.
    * could provide an opportunity for you (if you have the skills) to CHANGE the revolving door issue that they are having. The challenge may be tough but could be very rewarding. In that case it could also provide future openings for other companies as a leader.

  • grammar

    You might consider spelling things correctly before your next job search, too, as I know I wouldn’t hire someone who cannot even spell “ad” (short for advertisement. I would assume if you get homophones mixed up that you might not be able to keep anything else straight, either.