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Look Out For These Job Search Red Flags 🚩

There are millions of open jobs right now, with thousands of companies desperate to add to their teams. So, how do you sift through this abundance to find the job that is right for you? In addition to finding a position that matches your skillset, experience, and target benefits, there are a few things you’ll want to avoid. Here are three major job search red flags you should dodge at all costs.

High Turnover Rate

According to a LinkedIn poll, this was the most glaring job search red flag. A high turnover rate implies that there is a reason employees keep leaving. This trend could be due to several factors such as low salaries, overworking, or poor leadership. No matter what, it’s worth further investigation. Don’t be afraid to address this observation during an interview to understand the company culture better.

Lack of Salary Transparency

While lack of salary transparency was the norm for many years, it is now becoming unacceptable. (In California, it’s even illegal!) A company or recruiter should be open to discussing a salary range for the position throughout the interview process. That way, both parties can ensure that they aren’t wasting time. “Depends on experience” isn’t a satisfactory answer, either.

Saying “We’re Like A Family”

This job search red flag is a little more obscure but still important to note. While it may not seem negative at first, consider what a “family” atmosphere at work is like. Oftentimes, this means the boundaries of professionalism are blurred. Personal drama may be the norm in this work atmosphere, and you could potentially find yourself immersed in a culture of overwork and unhealthy expectations. If someone mentions this during an interview, ask them to clarify further what makes the culture feel “like a family.”

Lack of Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

The biggest “other” red flag that people mentioned in the comments of the LinkedIn poll was a lack of commitment to diversity and inclusion. While this has been a hot-button issue over the last few years, few companies are acting on it appropriately. Look for a company that commits to diversity and inclusion and the programs and resources to back it up. No one wants to feel like a pawn, hired solely to help fulfill a diversity quota. Dig deep during your job search and interview process to understand the full spectrum of steps a company takes to improve diversity and inclusion on their teams.

Remember, a red flag isn’t a conclusive decision about whether a company or job is good or not. Instead, it is a sign that you should investigate further. Looking for more job search and interview advice? Explore our candidate resources here.

3 Red Flags To Avoid In Your Job Hunt

Whether you are actively looking for a new position, or passively keeping your options open, now is a perfect time. The job market is booming, and hundreds of companies are on the hunt for their next great employee. But how do you sort through dozens of opportunities to find that ideal next step? Employers want to ensure that candidates will be a good fit for their teams and organizations, and candidates should absolutely do the same! Keep an eye out for these red flags throughout your job search journey, and you’ll find yourself a great position in no time!

Less Than Stellar Job Descriptions

A job description’s purpose is to describe what the job entails. That way, a candidate can decide whether they’re qualified or not. Lack of details in a job description can indicate a role with an unclear definition. The company could potentially be putting out feelers for what kind of talent is on the market and then base the job around the type of candidate they hire. Or, in a worst-case scenario, the department may be unorganized, signaling that the job may be chaotic.

Asking for bizarre requirements in a job description could indicate a potential scam. Online scams centered around jobs are becoming increasingly more common. If you come across a help wanted ad on Craigslist asking only for date of birth, and if you have a bank account, chances are it’s not real. Most employers will ask for education and experiences – not for your banking information to set up a direct deposit before you’ve even interviewed.

Off-Kilter Titles

Job titles can be a major red flag. If a description includes a mash-up title, they may be trying to cram too many responsibilities under one person’s umbrella.

Additionally, if a title is confusing, it can indicate confusion in the role itself. For example, an “entry-level” position that requires 5-8 years of experience. A mismatch of skill sets could indicate disorganization or simply that a company is trying to hire someone with expert-level skill at an entry-level price.

Last, but certainly not least, you may want to think twice about a job listing with a “fun and clever” title. While “Super Marketing Ninja” may catch your attention, it could be vague to distract from the actual level of seniority. Just be sure to take a more in-depth look into what the job entails and if it’s a good match. (And if you are hired, see if you can change your title to something more universal!)

Long Drawn-Out Interview Process

While a long, drawn-out interview process may be a red flag, it’s unfortunately very common. Companies may take weeks to schedule interviews, which may be an indication that hiring for this role is not a priority at the moment. At every step of the interview process, be sure to ask about what to expect next. That way, you know when it’s appropriate to follow up!

The best way to avoid these red flags throughout your job hunt? Partner with a JSG recruiter! We have personal relationships with the hiring managers, work with outstanding companies, and walk you through each step of the process. We also serve as a guide if you have any questions that may come up along the way. Contact us today to start the search for your next great position!