It is true that there are no jobs, the market is stiff and the pay might not be what you expected. But the truth is that there are companies, both established and startups, that are aggressively in need of experienced hands to work with. Then again, it is not all organizations that have your best interest at heart. Some are majorly time wasters.
Here are tips to avoid being caught in the bad job/situation mess at.
– Walk away if they won’t tell you what the job pays. Most times they want to see how desperate how you are for a job. Are you willing to take anything? How low are you willing to grovel for an offer? If they expect you to wait for an offer before you know whether or not the salary will work for you, then that job is not right for you.
– If they have no regard or courtesy towards your time spent on interviews. They expect you to show up for interviews at their own time and request without considering if the time allocated works in your favour or not. Just walk away. If they treat you that way without offering you a job, be rest assured you will be treated worse when you resume.
– If there is no clarity concerning work related questions you asked, then they are being shady with the work they do. Be wary.
– What sort of job offer would you have if you don’t know what the job entails or who you answer to and no one else in the organisation knows these same answers? It’s not the perfect fit for you.
– Before you take on a new role, there is already an attached salary to that position you are hoping to fill. If your recruiter is persistent on knowing how much you earn, even though it’s obviously not comfortable to you, then give them a range. If that doesn’t suffice, it’s not your perfect fit. There is no law stating that your employer must know how much you earn before an offer is given.
– If there is no physical structure that represents the organization or its employers, then it’s possibly a sham.
– Don’t be desperate to start work when you don’t have all the info required for the role. Like starting the job without pay with a possibility of being paid in the near future. There should be some sort of clarity to that effect. Don’t be the person to say how high when they say jump. Have respect for yourself and what you bring to the table.
– Finally, your instincts are your best decision makers. If you have that tingly feeling that something isn’t right, then it isn’t. Go with your guts.
You might have to walk away from six, eight or 10 opportunities to find one that’s right for you. That’s OK! The more doors you slam, the sooner you’ll find a great job that deserves your talents.
This article was written by Omah Ogbuehi; she tweets via @OmahSpeaks