How to tell if you have been bamboozled on your job hunt...
So, this post-college life has definitely been a trying one. Like many of my friends, I was not lucky enough to land a job in my chosen career field right out of college. That was due to my lack of effort to do so and my undeniable need to live a little. I was in college for 5 years (don't judge), and I really just needed a break from anything that looked like real work. And believe me baby, I had SO much fun doing so and I have no regrets.
However, when it came time to enter the real world, I was taken aback by all of the foolishness so-called businesses posted on job boards. I couldn't believe the number of failed interviews I had simply because companies misrepresented themselves online. They had their company and job descriptions saying one thing, but what the hiring manager was saying something totally different! I had become so disgusted and upset with the amount of time, gas, and energy I was wasting going to these interviews. Did I mention I wasted gas?
Not only were companies misrepresenting them selves, their "entry-level" jobs required like 5-7 years of experience. Who the hell has that? I mean really, I'm fresh out of college, the only experience I have is what I learned in the classroom, what I picked up along the way, and what I got from a 3 month internship. And I know I am not the only one who's in this situation. Job hunting is the absolute worst.
Before committing to an interview, a position, or anything for that matter,
1. Ask the person you've been communicating with what the job is like on the daily basis: what you will be doing and who you will be interacting with?
2. Do your research. Know enough to ask questions on things that aren't so clear to you.
3. Turn your B.S. detector all the way up.
4. Always be aware of "sales" positions. It's a trap, unless you're into that kind of thing.
5. If you didn't apply, let it fly. No one should be contacting you for a position that you haven't even applied for.
6. NEVER accept a payment of any type, before you have completed any work.
7. If it sound too good to be true, it probably is.