Finding a job is more complicated than ever, especially with companies listing job postings that they never follow up on, endless scammers, and dead ends. It’s essential to be careful with where you apply and who you give your information, especially regarding job scams. During an online discussion, people talked about what to look out for, whether you’re worried about being tricked by a fake job or taken advantage of by a real one.
1. Urgently Hiring Multiple Candidates
If a job is looking to hire multiple people for several roles suddenly, it’s a likely sign that everyone has up and quit. That doesn’t usually happen unless the workplace is dangerous or toxic, so be cautious about applying to a job that states this.
2. Fast-Paced Environment
Although many workplaces are naturally “fast-paced” due to high volume or customer demand, it could indicate chaos when an employer states that it’s a fast-paced environment. One person added, “It usually means ‘four people just quit, and we are hoping to find some idiot who will do all that work for a single salary.’”
3. Any Use of the Word “Rockstar”
If the job ad lists that they’re looking for a “rockstar” employee, this could be a big red flag. One person mentioned that the work job they ever took was asking for a “rockstar chef” to run the kitchen. They said that during their exit interview, the owners “expressed disappointment that I wasn’t a ‘rockstar.’”
4. We’re a Family Company
Running a family company is nothing to be ashamed of, and many family-owned businesses offer a healthier working environment. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. One commenter put it succinctly: “We expect you to go the extra mile for us but will throw you under the bus the second someone in management messes up.”
5. Expect Occasional Overtime
If a job can’t define how much overtime will be expected or doesn’t give you enough information to plan for how much work you’ll have to do, this might be a problem. You may work way more overtime than you thought you’d have, or even worse, be expected to work overtime without fair compensation.
6. No Salary Listed or “Salary Based on Experience”
If a company fails to post the salary or even a salary range, they are trying to find a candidate to take the lowest possible wage. While this may not always be the case, you should save time by trying to find out more about the salary as soon as possible.
7. Hiring for a New Role
While there may be exceptions to this rule, most times, when a job says they’re hiring for a new role, they have not created a clear idea of the job description. You may end up with uncertain job duties or even being laid off due to the employer being unsure about how critical your undefined role is.
8. Requiring a Degree Without Equivalent Pay
People are still arguing about what the minimum wage is and what salary is “fair” based on experience or education. However, if a position asks for a bachelor’s degree or higher/significant job experience and offers minimal pay, you should run far away.
9. Bubbly Personality Required
Customer-facing jobs often require a specific type of personality or professionalism. Unfortunately, many employers take this expectation a bit too far. This usually means they are looking for a candidate who looks or dresses a specific way, such as hiring a conventionally attractive woman over the other applicants.
10. Multiple Roles in One Job
If it’s a small business, having someone with multiple responsibilities might make sense, as they don’t take up too much time. However, if you’re expected to run several areas of a business and/or hold multiple roles for one salary, you’re likely being taken advantage of.
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