• Tue, Aug 21 2012

7 Warning Signs in Job Descriptions

If you’ve ever browsed LinkedIn or Craigslist looking for a new employment opportunity, chances are you’ve come across a handful of job-listing clichés that seem to mean one thing, but may well be code for slightly different—and often less positive—duties, expectations, and company cultures. Beware of these common potential warning signs during your next job search.

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  • Lastango

    My personal suggestion is to blow past all of the chatter and ask,
    == What does this person actually do? What do they contribute to the company, and to your (the boss’s) ability to perform?
    == What are your expectations?
    == What will constitute success?
    == What do you see at the biggest challenges to meet or overcome?
    == How did this job come into being? Has there been anyone in the position before? How did that go? Do you want changes? More of the same?
    That’s the general drift. The candidate should ferret out the hiring manager’s and the company’s opinions and expectations. If the company doesn’t offer, considr asking to meet other people in the company who interact with the position, and get their viewpoints.

  • Lastango

    My personal suggestion is to blow past all of the chatter and ask,
    == What does this person actually do? What do they contribute to the company, and to your (the boss’s) ability to perform?
    == What are your expectations?
    == What will constitute success?
    == What do you see at the biggest challenges to meet or overcome?
    == How did this job come into being? Has there been anyone in the position before? How did that go? Do you want changes? More of the same?
    That’s the general drift. The candidate should ferret out the hiring manager’s and the company’s opinions and expectations. If the company doesn’t offer, considr asking to meet other people in the company who interact with the position, and get their viewpoints.

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