All organisms are hard-wired to seek better things: more food, more water, more of our species to mate with (giggidy). Humans have set up slightly more complex social systems though compared to our other Earthling planet-mates, thus the human search for better things can include: more money, better hours and better jobs. How can you tell though that the job you are going to will be better than your last one? Well, let’s just take a look the good the bad and the ugly of jobs.
We all need money to survive even the most “detached from worldly desires” hippie knows that. The problem is if you are going against your instinct and taking a job out of desperation, I can almost always guarantee it will be a bad job. I’m not saying of course that all jobs taken during desperation are horrible; it’s just that a person desperate for some income will often compromise many things to get a job that they will ultimately be unhappy with.
2. Fake It To Make It
Faking it into a position is a pretty easy way to get a bad job. There’s always the right tool for the job, and if you are a lawyer that took a position as a cook, that’s like using a spatula to build a house. A sad, disgruntled and frustrated spatula. I understand the motivations, I’m not judging: the money’s good, it’s close to your house, and you get free food, but you know as well as I do that doing something you love is much easier than begrudgingly forcing yourself into a role that doesn’t quite fit. You know that hole square peg in a round hole deal.
3. The Scam
OK, so beyond your own machinations there are factors that make some jobs worse than others. Scam job offers have been rising since unemployment rates skyrocketed during the “Great Recession”. Luckily for you, they are easy to spot. The biggest red flag is if your potential employer asks for any upfront fee. That can include a fee for: starting packages, training or uniforms.
Yes, I know that many reputable companies have their employees pay for their uniform, but that’s usually after they get hired. Beyond that look for over inflated salaries, benefit and remuneration packages, I mean there aren’t many pizza places that offer company cars…even delivery people use their own vehicles!
4. Get A Mole
In crime dramas, a mole is an individual that feeds information to the police by being embedded with the criminal under investigation, or an individual that is embedded with the police and feeds information to criminals.
You need your own mole, try going around your potential place of employment and try to talk to someone that already works there. They will tell you what the corporate culture is, how management treats employees and if you’re lucky what the workload might be.
Do you have any other advice to help figure out if a job is good or bad? Let us know in the comment section below.