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.