So you are starting a job search, BEWARE …

By Ted Daywalt   

When you go into a job search, there are many seemingly great opportunities that may come your way. The following is a list of suggestions compiled from various professionals to job seekers on what to avoid and how to search. Like many things in life, the term “caveat emptor” (buyer beware) applies.

1. Do not just look at the money when searching for a job. The number one reason people switch jobs is lack of job satisfaction. Be sure you are going to be satisfied at your new job and can enjoy working with the people in the company.

2. If you are currently in a job, DO NOT tell any of your co-workers or friends that you are looking for a new job. All too often, your “best friend” at work suddenly wants your job. If word gets back to your employer, you may lose your job or diminish any chances for promotion.

3. If you currently have a job, DO NOT post your resume to the Internet unless you do not care if your current employer knows you are in the job market.

4. NEVER pay anyone to assist you in your job search. Professionals are paid by companies and clients to find qualified candidates.

5. If you use a recruiter, do not let the recruiter tell you that they are the only one you can work with in your job search. The object of the exercise is for you to find a suitable job, not just be a commission for a recruiter.

6. If you have to buy product to resell on a one-to-one basis or create a “down-line”, consider who is making the money. Be sure to investigate very carefully any Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) or get rich quick schemes. Very few people actually make money in MLM or get rich quick schemes, much less support a family.

7. If you are looking at a straight commission position, look carefully at how many people have succeeded in the job and what type of support is provided.

8. If you are not certain as to what type of job you want, take a skills inventory test to identify what type of job would best suite you.

9. Recognize that finding a job is a full time job itself. You will spend a lot of time researching new companies, sending out resumes, keeping a journal, networking and making follow up phone calls.