If you've been searching for a while, you've probably learned that it's not too easy. There is an endless number of jobs to sift through! Plus, you have to watch out for an occasional red flag.
Unless you know which specific red flags to beware of, you might feel a little lost. So, to make your job search easier, here are five concerning things to look out for.
1. The Salary Range Is Wide or High
When you find a job posting, check if the salary range is available. If it's a wide range or includes surprisingly high numbers, you'll want to stay away!
It's best to avoid this red flag because it might be false or misleading. Some employers advertise ridiculous salaries to try to attract people looking for work. Sky-high pay rates are enticing, but they give hopeful workers an unrealistic expectation.
2. The Company Name Is Private
While you're looking for work, be sure to avoid any postings that don't disclose the company's name. If you don't even know who is viewing your resume, it's not worth sending it in.
Anonymous employers are a problem because there shouldn't be any reason to hide. If there is a reason, it's probably bad — like a poor reputation or involvement in scandals.
Employers get to look you up
, so it's only fair to be able to look them up, too!
3. There Are Some Details Missing
If a job posting seems a little short, run the other way! Vague information or a lack of details are both red flags to steer clear of.
First of all, you shouldn't apply to a job if you're unsure of what it entails or requires. But also, an employer that's forgetting details probably isn't clear on what they need.
4. They Want a Lot of Flexibility
During your job search, have you found any jobs asking for a lot of flexibility in your schedule? If you want a traditional 9-to-5 position, this is a red flag you want to walk away from.
When employers ask for flexibility, it often means they want you to work nights and weekends. They may even try making requests or phone calls during your off-hours.
5. There Aren't Any Benefits Listed
Most job postings include the benefits or perks that come with the job. It helps attract people looking for work because it makes them want the role even more.
If you've stumbled upon any postings that don't list their benefits, don't bother with it. It could mean there aren't any at all or none worth bragging about.
Avoid Any Red Flag You Find
As you continue your career search, be careful of the occasional red flag here and there.
Employer red flags are warning signs about what's to come if you end up accepting a position with them. Save yourself the hassle by looking out for them!
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