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Job Description Red Flags to Watch Out For

When you are involved in a job search, you want to make certain that you find a position that is a good fit. You should read job descriptions carefully for any position you are considering in order to get a good idea of what the job will entail and to discover whether the work sounds like something that you can do.

As you take a close look at job descriptions, you should not only keep an eye out for whether the skills are a good match and the work sounds interesting, you should also be on the lookout for some red flags. There are certain indicators you can spot in job descriptions, if you know what to look for, which could suggest the job is going to be a nightmare for the candidate who is unlucky enough to be hired. Some of the red flags that you should keep an eye out for include:

  • A job that is posted time after time: If the same ad is posted time after time, one of two things is happening. Either the job ad is a scam that is meant to get info from you or trick you in some way, or the job is one that the employer cannot fill (or has to keep re-filling). If the employer cannot fill the job, this might suggest he’s too picky, offering unreasonable terms, or the job is an unpleasant one. In any of these situations, you likely don’t want to get involved.
  • The company name is kept confidential: There’s not a lot of good reasons for a company to keep its identity secret. If this is the only red flag, you don’t necessarily have to disqualify the job right away, but unnecessary secrecy is certainly something that should arouse your suspicions.
  • The job is described as high stress: You may be OK with a stressful environment at work, and this may not turn you off. However, if the employer is being upfront right away about how challenging the environment would be, you can expect that the stress levels may be off-the-charts. Ads that demand candidates be very hard working can also be an indicator that work life balance could become an issue if you go to work for the company.

High Profile can help you to find jobs that are good opportunities and that don’t have any red flags or worrisome indicators. If you want to work for great employers in Dallas, Fort Worth or surrounding areas, our staffing service can help. Give us a call at 972-991-7900 or contact us online to talk with our staffing professionals to learn more about how we can help you.