Employees who have ever been out of work, or even those have been employed all of their life but still looked for a possible career advancement opportunity just to see “what’s out there,” have probably been to one of any number of job boards. There one will find all sorts of job postings and almost as many red flags in these postings for prospective employees. Here is a closer look at what employers' job listings are really saying about their company.
Four Common Problems Poor Career Listings may Have
Companies continually re-listing the same job ad over a length of time: What this is saying: "our job is not the greatest or our company has issues, because this job has a significant amount of turnover." You may be able to get a job here but it is likely going to be a challenge to keep it. If you see the same job ad repeated over several days, weeks, or even months, chances are the job is a stinker and you might want to look elsewhere unless you are truly desperate.
Misspelled job ads: Resume sites that assist job seekers in developing a resume such as Yahoo! hotjobs or Careerbuilder hammer home the point of not misspelling words on a resume. It's as simple as having a reasonable grasp of correct grammar and using a spell checker. But when an employer can’t do the same, it’s a major red-flag. This shows that they don’t care enough to check the quality of their own work. Is that the type of company a job seeker would want to work for?
Repetitive titles and phrases that every job ad of a similar type seems to use: Watch for phrases like "must be a hard worker," "in it to win it," "unlimited income potential," "team player," "closers only," etc. Sales jobs particularly love these catch-phrases. These are usually generic phrases that tell a prospective employee that the company doesn’t care enough about the position to craft a carefully measured, individual job posting. They’d rather throw out generic catch phrases in hopes of landing a generic employee.
Companies not revealing who they are: Craigslist is a hot-bed for these. Eye-catching lines like these are used to draw a job seeker in. “We are a well-known Fortune 500 company” or “we are an industry leader.” Really, says who? Then why isn’t the company revealing who it is? Employees should want to do research on the company they are applying to and when job ads leave out this very vital bit of information, it limits a potential employee’s ability to do proper research. This leads to people often randomly sending a resume out to the position with the company hiding for some reason behind a veil of secrecy. Neither is an enviable position to be in, so this is another big turn-off.
Employees Need to Use Common Sense When Applying to Jobs
Yes, these are economically difficult and challenging times for almost everyone, but that doesn’t mean that the quality of job posting should be so poor that it turns off the huge number of potential employees that are out there prospecting these listings. Take a moment to assess the listing with an open mind as a prospective employee, and employers, please clean up career ads.
Attention to detail makes a big difference in terms of professionalism here. Employers only have to write up a job description once before listing a job on any number of career listing sites. If they would take the time to make it look professional, in the same way they would want a possible employee to be professional, everyone wins.