You Don’t Really Want This Job

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You Don't Really Want This JobHave you ever wondered how you can screen out some jobs that are just not worth your time to apply for?  Sometimes the expectations even from the vacancy announcement are so unrealistic that it makes you think you should not bother.

Well, the truth of the matter is that some job openings are not worth the trouble.  Here are some telltale signs that the company is telling you ahead of time, “Don’t take this job!”

The job sounds like it needs five people to fill it. It’s true that many employees have had to take on more work as a result of the economic downturn, but if a company is advertising in the job announcement that you will have to be superhuman to be successful in this position, it’s likely to be even worse if you take the job.

The skills are so specific that the vacancy announcement seems to be written for only one person. If that is the impression that you get, you are probably right.  In some cases the hiring manager will write the vacancy announcement so that only one person can qualify for it.  And that person usually already works for the organization, but for EEO purposes the company has to post the position.

The job announcement heavily emphasizes the word flexibility. The word flexibility can easily be a code word that really means we want to work you to death and pile on many unrelated responsibilities.  Flexibility in and of itself is not a bad thing, but you need to be able to read between the lines to determine what the employer is really saying.

The responsibilities are those of a manager, but the title is for a lower level. Unless you are truly desperate for a job, this is a job to avoid.  You can pretty much expect that you will be underpaid and overworked with no promotion forthcoming.

You’ve seen the same vacancy announcement for the last several months. If a company advertises the same position continuously, that’s a red flag.  In this still-recovering economy a position that stays open for an inordinate amount of time indicates that something is awry.  Either it is a very specialized position which few people qualify for, or the requirements are unrealistic.

The word is out that the turnover is constant. If rumor has it that no one stays at the organization that has openings, chances are excellent that you would not stay either if you were hired.  You can save yourself the trouble of being fired or leaving on your own accord by not applying in the first place.

While it’s true that there is no perfect job, it is also true that some positions are far more imperfect than others.

Cheryl Palmer is a career expert who has regularly been quoted in The Ladders, the Wall Street Journal, CBS MoneyWatch, and CNN Money.  She is a career coach, resume writer, and LinkedIn expert.  Download 5 Master Strategies to Land a Job Through Social Media at

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