Sixty jobs is the total number of jobs that I have applied for in the past two weeks. Had it been 20 years ago, I think I would have been mentally and physically drained by now, but thanks to websites like Indeed.com, applying for jobs is a lot easier now. I’m sure everyone knows how to use Indeed this day in age, but just in case there are a few beginners out there, I will give a short explanation. But first, let me introduce you to Jamie. Jamie is a 39-year old female, who recently got screwed over by her last employer. Jamie loved her job and dedicated a big chunk of her life to this job. Her employer loved Jamie as well and practically ensured her job security for many years to come. However, one day, out of the blue, her employer decided they just didn’t need Jamie anymore and let her go! Welp….now Jamie not only has money issues, but trust issues as well. Jamie turns to Indeed for help. See, with Indeed she can create a new resume or upload an already existing one and use it to apply to thousands of jobs they have posted, which include a user friendly orange “Apply Now” button. It’s really that easy! It eliminates long applications that can take at least an hour out of Jamie’s life. Now in an hour, (depending on fast she can work it), hundreds of companies out there will know who Jamie is and that she is interested in working for them. But, and this is a really big but, were talking Nicki Minaj……Jamie still has to search through thousands of listings and decide if she should click their orange “Apply Now” button. Is this a drawback for Jamie? Well, it depends which way you look at it.
Things to Consider Before Clicking the Orange Button
- Job Jargon Gibberish: Do you understand the qualifications for the position? Not all job postings are created by the actual company that you will be working for. Some companies outsource the task of recruiting to outside resources such as temporary job agencies or online job boards (Greenberg, 2013). They have individuals who are hired specifically to create job posts based off of some summary that was provided by the company. Many times these job listings include jargon that can just sound like a bunch of gibberish, therefore you should take your time to decipher what exactly is it that the company is looking for. You never know, what may at first appear like a job that only Jeff Bezos qualifies for, may actually be one that you are perfect for!
- What do you know about the company? Remember Jamie? Yes, Jamie who developed a trust issue after being let go from her job. Jamie could have benefited from reading this article before accepting that position, if you know what I mean. If you are looking for a career or a long-term position with a company, then make sure you Google them or Glassdoor them. Glassdoor is a great website for researching any company. They provide you with good insight like real employee reviews, salary information, and a lot more goodies. You want to make sure you are pursuing the right company. One you can trust and not one that give you the boot after a couple of years, for absolutely no good reason (poor Jamie) or due to lack of stability.
- Too good to be true? Maybe. If you are having a hard time conducting your background research on a company, it could be because they are bogus. Job searching websites do their very best at ensuring that the employers using their services for recruiting are real and not fake, but they’re not perfect not even Indeed. Every now and then you will see a job posting offering an abnormally high salary for minimal duties and responsibilities. For example, “Looking for full-time cashier, no weekends, no late nights, no experience needed. Pay starting at $18/hr.” Yeah right! If you’ve done your homework, then you know that this is straight up fishy! When you feel your gut filling up with question marks as you read the job description, Do Not click the orange button. This can be some pretend company or just some scammer named Joe Doe, using a job post to hack you for your juicy information. I know it sounds crazy, but it happens to the best of us, so better to be safe than sorry.
Well then, there you have it. Some basic no no’s to remember when you are looking for that next exciting career. Trust your instincts, use logic, and when all else fails then network. That way if someone tries to lie to you in person you can just knock em’ out. LOL. Just kidding, you want to get a job not a cell mate. Keep in touch by subscribing below and find out how networking is working out for Jamie.