Monday, March 19, 2012

Job Post Red Flags

Employers' job posts are their version of a resume. Just like how you are looking for the perfect job, nonprofits are framing themselves as the perfect match for applicants. And the same way that they look for red flags in applications, you too can look for warning signs in job listings.

Just because a listing on a job board seems too good to be true doesn't mean it is. If you are concerned about this, there are some warning signs that could be a sign that the job isn't for you. Here are some clues that should make you think twice before applying:
  • The post contains directions to fax your resume. This could just be the organization's way to see if you can follow simple directions. It could also be a sign that they are behind the times.
  • The posting asks you to submit confidential information. A nonprofit will have no need for information such as your Social Security Number until there is a job offer on the table.
  • If a job posting lists it's salary in terms of "up to," you should be aware that you are most likely applying to a job that pays by commission. Don't apply if this isn't a payment structure with which you are comfortable.
  • The post asks you to submit your application by a date that has already passed. Nine times out of ten this means the job is no longer available. But if it's a really attractive job, there's no harm in seeing if this was the exception to the rule.
  • The description focuses on the difficulty of the job rather than selling the company. This could either be a sign that you will be working in a very stressful environment, or the organization is trying to scare away non-qualified applicants.

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