How to Find a Legitimate Job: Part I

My Job Hunting Nightmare

A few years ago, I was on the hunt for a job that would both pay well and fulfil my personal goals. I had just discovered Indeed as a viable option for my job search and was pleased at how easy it was to find jobs and create a profile. I came across a marketing job that had caught my eye- it promised flexibility, good pay, and an exciting environment. I was also drawn to the employer having a, “fast response time,” on Indeed.

I applied to the job and set up an in-person interview almost immediately. I was thrilled. As part of my preparation for the interview, I looked up the company. I found a website; however, it was extremely vague. I couldn’t find much information about the company’s history, leadership, or mission. The fact that I couldn’t find much information gave me pause, but I talked myself out of listening to my intuition. I shouldn’t have.

As I parked at the building for my interview, my heart sank. The building looked vacant, and there was no signage indicating I was at the right place of business, except for a piece of paper on the door. Still, I walked inside, uneasy but hopeful. Inside, there was a front desk, and behind it a room with an open layout. I was finally greeted 15 minutes after my interview time. The man who greeted me was interviewing me, and he asked if I was comfortable riding with him to go get coffee. He said he liked to interview in a relaxing environment and wanted to treat me. Again, I ignored my gut.

“I talked myself out of listening to my intuition. I shouldn’t have.”

As we sat and had coffee, the interviewer drew me a diagram of the company’s business model. Even though the job was advertised as, “marketing,” I would start out in sales. After a certain number of sales, I would move into, “manager,” and recruit others to do sales. If those recruits reached manager status, I could move into a regional position. He discussed bonuses, lavish trips, and increased pay if my sales goals and recruiting goals were met.  And as he drew his diagram- my heart sank. It resembled a pyramid and he intended for me to be on the bottom of it.

I asked several questions, such as, “How does this differ from multi-level marketing?” “Will leads be provided?” and, “What is the pay structure like?” After (not really) answering my questions, our interview concluded, and we rode back to the office building. I left that experience feeling less than confident in my abilities to find a job, bamboozled at how I ended up in such a situation, but determined that I would never waste my time like that again. Because of my story, I hope that you are asking yourself a question….how do I avoid those shyster job ads?

If there is ONE piece of advice you need to guide you NOW- know this:

If it sounds too good to be true- IT PROBABLY IS. Does the job posting advertise a high hourly pay of $50 an hour, monthly vacations, no supervision, incentives, and maybe even the ability to bring your pet to work with you? All of those things combined in a job posting may be a red flag.

Do you want to learn about the other ways you can avoid shyster job postings? Make sure to visit our  blog on Monday, February 8th for Part II.

Until next time,


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