Looking for a job can be a job in and of itself. You might spend hours a day or week applying for jobs and to make the process longer you have to sift through all the job scams out there. You could save yourself so much time and worry if you knew how to detect a job scam from a verified posting. If a posting has any of these qualities just move on in your search: get-rich-quick schemes, work-at-home scams, pyramid schemes, no experience is necessary, etc.
Here are some tips to help you spot any red flags in a job post:
- There isn’t a company name in the ad.
According to USD Career blog, “blind ads can be used to gather personal information about individuals as part of an identity theft scheme.” A lot of times company simply prefers to keep the name of their company confidential until they reach out to candidates of interest to them. Keep in mind there is a huge difference between writing a brief description about the company; for example, “luxury fashion brand” vs. completely neglecting to mention a name.
- The e-mail address ends in @yahoo, @gmail, @hotmail, etc.
You might be thinking “well some start-ups do not have company email accounts” and you are correct. Research the company and if this is not the case be cautious.
- The person of contact cannot be found through a simple Google search.
If you can’t find the company through a Google search or on LinkedIn it is best keep on moving in your job search.
- They offer you the job within 24 hours of sending your application.
It is easy to get excited at an immediate job offer, but this is a HUGE red flag. Take a second to think about this situation. A company needs time to review incoming emails, perhaps show resumes to respective departments, set up interview times and generally there is more than one interview in the process.
- They want to pay you before you even start working.
Just stop there. This is a classic scam to get into people’s bank accounts.
- “Work at home” appears in the header.
This is not a job titles so why would this be a header? If this is stated in the job description that is one thing, but a red flag should fly up when this is the header.
When it doubt follow this rule of thumb: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
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You’ve landed the interview, researched the company and interviewer and you’ve prepared for all possible questions, now it’s time to figure out what to wear. We’ve all had the problem of not knowing what to wear for an interview.
Your outfit isn’t going to ultimately land you your job, but it helps. A great outfit can help you exude the confidence you need to ace the interview. You don’t necessarily have to wear a suit and tie or black pencil skirt, but you have to look professional. This means looking clean cut and coordinating you color scheme. A well-tailored outfit suggests that you’re conscientious and detail-oriented in other areas.
A splash of color or print never hurt anyone, as long as they’re worn in moderation. You don’t have to go for the all black look, but be mindful that the colors you wear have more of an effect than you might expect. For example, the color of your tie or pattern of your dress can have an effect on your interviewer. There is a little more leeway here when looking into creative roles. For a breakdown of what colors represent on an interview and how to wear them, click here.
It comes down to understanding the job and industry you are interviewing in. If you would be meeting with many clients in the potential role or in sales or finance, a suit is usually your safest bet. For more behind the scenes roles, business casual is usually acceptable. As for shoes and accessories, a watch is always a good call; ladies try to avoid flashy jewelry or loud bangles. Going with the basic shoe colors (black or brown) is the way to go when unsure.
Be sure to take the sit-down test, some outfits look good when you’re standing up, but when you sit down your outfit might bunch or worse, leave little to the imagination. At the end of the day it all comes down to 2 professional options: smart suit or smart casual and when it doubt, suit up.
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“Influence is not really a skill, although it requires skill. Influence is who you are and how you are perceived by others. It is vital to be skilled at communicating in an influential way, to understand how others think, how to connect with them and how to persuade them.” ~ Suzanne Bates, Author of Discover your CEO Brand.
This couldn’t be better said. You might be thinking influence and persuasion are only for the leaders, but this is not true. It is an essential skill we all must have for career growth. Before you can persuade, you must be well prepared for others to be influenced by you. The best approach to influencing others is to use a combination of sincerity, authenticity, persistence and communication skills. In order to accomplish these attributes you must first serve as a role model for what you expect from others. For example, if you want work turned in on time, turn your work in ahead of time.
Strive to understand before trying to be understood. You need to have a reason(s) and have established credibility as to why someone should listen to you. Once you’ve accomplished all of this you must be able to communicate effectively, otherwise all is lost. Remember, practice makes perfect. Practice by yourself what you want to communicate to others before going out there. Other tactics include planning events and activities with your coworkers. If people look forward to hearing from you then your ability to persuade becomes that much easier.
Do not fall victim of too much information (TMI). It is important to be a good listener, but don’t share confidential information or gossip about coworkers. Getting along with coworkers is a skill that must be learned and not taken for granted. Above all, LISTEN! You absolutely must know what your audience in order of hoping to influence and persuade.
For more ways to influence people at work, click here.
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When looking for a new position, job seekers sometimes tend to put less emphasis on the resume and more into networking and the actual act of job hunting. You can not underestimate the importance of writing a good resume. On that note, there are a few back to basics I’d like to discuss: contact information, grammar, and critical information.
I can not stress enough how important it is to put your contact information on your resume. Time and time again I’ve come across resumes without contact information or with inappropriate email addresses. If you do not have an email address with your name in it then I suggest you look into getting one. It simply looks more professional. I know what you’re thinking; I e-mailed my resume so the hiring manager obviously has the e-mail address. This is not necessarily the case though, especially with applicant tracking systems (ATS). Even if an ATS isn’t in place, more often than not, a hiring manager saves the resume and deletes the email. With regards to a phone number, best practice is to write your cell phone number. Be cautious of putting your office number and keep in mind moving if you put your home number.
I know that many people don’t like the idea of giving out their home address. However, on the other end of the spectrum, the employer needs to know where you are located because they may not be interested in relocating a candidate or knowledge of the local community may be a qualification for the position. So, at a minimum, include you city and state.
We’ve all made writing mistakes. Most of the time our good friend, spell check, will catch us when we make a blunder. But unfortunately, as we all know, this is not always so. Hiring managers will generally overlook a couple of typos that anyone could fail to see (we’re human, right?). Then there are those grammar mistakes that simply can not be overlooked. Here are five mistakes you can’t afford to make and that will take you back to your school days in English class:
- Contractions vs. Possessive Pronouns
- Apostrophe Use
- Subject-Verb Agreement
It is very common for job seekers to state responsibilities and skills and leave it at that. The hiring manager wants to know what resulted from these responsibilities and how you use your skills to achieve success. With the addition of critical information about results, you can make a seemingly unimportant task important.
At the end of the day resumes are about you, an individual. When writing a resume you are inclined to ramble and highlight points that you believe are important. A company doesn’t care about that stuff; a company only cares about how you will fit in with their culture and what you can bring to the table.
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Email is still one of the most efficient means of communication in business due four main reasons: efficiency, mass communication, universality and record maintenance. We email our boss, colleagues, (prospective) clients, potential employers and well, you get the picture.
Email is simply efficient and convenient. Most people nowadays are connected to their cellphone 24/7 and have their email on their phone. You can avoid phone tag and relay a message much faster. Mass communication is a huge benefit. The ability to bcc (blind carbon copy) recipients saves the sender from the time and headache of reaching out to each person individually.
Email is also universal. Granted, social media falls under this category as well and social media network communication is nothing to ignore, but it is not a mainstream way to do business. And of course, paperless record keeping is always a plus.
That being said, it is very easy to misuse email. Unfortunately, email is sometimes the recipient’s first impression of you. Here are some guidelines to follow when writing your next email:
- Length of copy: Be sure to brief and to the point. Don’t write paragraph after paragraph. The recipient is then less inclined to read it.
- Shorthand: “R u free 2morrow? LMK.” DO NOT EVER send a professional email in shorthand. Leave this form of text for your friends.
- Blind Copy vs. Copy: Use the BCC option appropriately. Don’t use BCC to keep others from seeing who you copied. Do use BCC when sending to a large distribution list. Best practice is to only copy those who are directly involved.
- CAPS LOCK: IF YOU USE ALL CAPITAL LETTERS LOOKS AS IF YOU’RE SHOUTING. It goes without saying this is way too aggressive. On the other end of the spectrum, don’t use all lower case letters either. Both forms come off as lazy and uneducated.
- Tone of voice: Email communication can’t convey the nuances of verbal communication. It is difficult to convey your tone in text, but quite easy to misinterpret another’s tone. Some people use emoticons, but use them sparingly so that you don’t appear unprofessional. Also, don’t assume that using a smiley will diffuse a difficult message.
- Subject line: If you are applying to a job, the title should be the subject line or if you are sending a meeting request, let that be the subject line. The more specific you are, the more likely it is that your email message will be read.
- Signature: Be sure to include a signature that has your contact information (phone number, email, website, social media or whatever is relevant for you or your company).
Take your time to write a well-written message. Once you hit the send button you won’t have a second chance at a first impression.
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