Businesses are constantly judging prospective applicants, but that judgment goes both ways. While it's tempting to take the first opportunity that comes along, if the job is a bad fit and you end up looking for a new one after just a few months, then what’s the point?
There are deal breakers that stand out in the job search that could be a clear indicator that you should stay away. These are the most common issues that should clue you in that this wouldn’t be a good fit for you:
A Negative Reputation
In business, your name is everything. This applies to the company as well as the individual. If you work for a company with a bad reputation, this can taint your personal/professional reputation as well in future job searches. Take the time to find out whether this reputation is justified and if so, then stay away.
Poorly Worded Job Postings
A job posting that is riddled with typos or doesn't clearly state the job duties should be a red flag. This can be an indication that the employer isn't interested in taking the time communicate effectively – or it could mean that the position itself doesn’t have clearly defined parameters, which is a whole other issue.
Lowball Compensation Offers
With companies struggling through a slowly recovering economic crunch, some employers want to reduce salaries and cut benefits. College graduates understand they won't make a six figure salary out of the gate, but they don't want to be low-balled or feel cheated. The compensation should be indicative of the job description, qualifications and the demand that would be placed on you. Don't accept less, as it's an indicator that an employer doesn't value its employees.
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