Last Updated: Oct 24, 2019
Unfortunately, some advertised jobs just aren’t real. For every legitimate job advertisement online, there are around 60–70 job scams. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell the great jobs from the scams. But the good news is there are lots of pointers that can help you in your decision-making process.
Do a company background check
Look for firms with recognizable names and search for them on Glassdoor and LinkedIn. While you’re there, take a look at the reviews—and don’t skip over the bad ones. A lot of bad reviews on Glassdoor will usually mean this isn’t a great place to work.
Look out for red flags
Avoid job ads with premium rate numbers and postings without official company email addresses. Be wary of any company with an “@gmail.com” or similar free email address. Any job that asks for confidential information up front is a serious red flag—and never give a recruiter your bank information or Social Security Number.
Too good to be true?
Some jobs look unbelievably good. Roles that are stay at home or offer unrealistic benefits should be checked twice. You may find yourself caught up in a low-wage scenario in these cases. The bottom line here: if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Consider work-life balance
Even if it’s not a scam, not all jobs are a good fit. A job that upsets your work-life balance may leave you feeling upset and frustrated with the company. There are classic warning signs to look out for here. One is job descriptions that mention “high stress levels” or “be available outside of regular working hours.” These jobs may not have the best work environment, so be sure to take that into consideration before applying.
Make sure you’ll enjoy it
Once you’ve gotten past the hurdles above, don’t forget to consider if the job will make you happy. Does it excite you? Is it challenging? If you’ll feel bored in a few months and aren’t desperate, then it’s probably best to keep searching. A job that aligns with your values is best. Twice as many professionals think job enjoyment is a better measure of career success than salary—and with good reason.
Trust your gut
If you’re still not sure, your gut feeling may help. We have instincts to protect us from risky situations, so if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. But don’t forget to do your research too, as this could be the job for you!
If you want to know for sure, follow the simple guide below and see if you should apply for that job…
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