Sometimes a job offer can seem too good to be true. LearnVest shares some red flags to be aware of with job offers.
I moved to New York in search of fame and fortune . . . just kidding.
In all honesty, I moved to the Big Apple unemployed and in search of an entry-level position — but I'm one of the many casualties of the economic downturn.
It didn't help that my strategy for landing a full-time job was anything but, well, thought out.
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To date, I've applied for dozens of jobs — many of which were far from my dream position. In today's economy, you can't be too picky, but sometimes the gig just isn't right. In fact, I've learned that it's probably in your best interest to pass on a position if the company does any of the following . . .
1. Information about the organization isn't widely available or any info you find presents the company in a bad light.
It's easy to write off a negative review and consider it a random act of a scorned employee. I thought this was the case when I interviewed for a position at a boutique PR firm. The company's website was under construction, and the first result to appear in a Google search was a review from a former freelance employee who claimed that the "insane" boss still owed her $50 for her services. Beyond that, there was almost no information available about the firm, and the rarely updated Facebook and Twitter pages had few followers and lots of spam.
Still, who am I to say no to an interview?
During said interview, the owner handed me an in-depth explanation of what my job duties would be, including a page of guidelines on answering the phone. For example, if a certain company should call asking for the owner, I was to say that she was unavailable. Why? These things known as "collections agencies" had been "calling for months."
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