Getting a job these days is way different than it was back when I was in college.  And now with the pandemic, things have DEFINITELY changed.


So now, you've got to be extra careful and be sure not to waste your time. When you're job-searching, it's okay to cast a wide net.  You just don't want to waste time applying for jobs you'll never get, or wouldn't realistically WANT.  Here are a few signs I've noticed over the years that the job you're applying for isn't worth the effort.

 

1. You're Way Underqualified.

If you're close, then go for it.  But if you're missing any key skills, or you only have three years experience and they want eight....you probably shouldn't bother. That's just a waste of your time and theirs.  And then if you try to apply for a different position that they have, they might have a bad memory of you.

 

2.  You Have to Convince Yourself You Want the Job.

This was a big one for me.  Sure, I've had the job I want for a long time, but... I remember. Oh, I remember well the h-e-double hockey sticks that was job searching. And I know there's a bit of urgency sometimes when you're looking for a gig because you don't have one and time's a tickin, but.  A lot of people have done this:  You see a job that clearly says you'll have to work weekends...or you'll have to relocate...or whatever.  And even though you wouldn't actually be willing to do those things, you apply for it anyway, because you like SOME aspects of the job description, and you're desperate. Don't do it.

 

3.  You Think It Might Be a Scam.

Again, college. I don't know how many times I was looking through a paper or an online listing and something just didn't seem right. The first clue that a job listing isn't legit is when it sounds too good to be true.  And the next clue is when it's missing a lot of key information, like a company name, or a link to a website.  You especially have to be careful when you're looking at jobs on Craigslist.  If there's ever any doubt, just Google some of the text from the job posting.  And if it's a scam, chances are other people are onto it.  A lot of times MLMs will hide in there, too.

What was the last job you applied to?  What job listing have you walked away from?

Employingly yours,
Behka