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You Got The Job! But Is It A Good One?

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You Got The Job! But Is It A Good One?
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The process of finding a new job can be overwhelming to say the least. From r esumes to interviews and everything that goes on in between, the process is likely to be daunting.

But what about when you finally get the phone call that you aced the interview and show up to your first day only to find that the new job is not what you thought it would be? A recent article from CNN by Anthony Balderrama offers six signs to look for that may mean the new job is not right for you.

One thing to look out for is if you show up to your first day and are offered nothing more than a cubicle and a company manual as a greeting. Balderrama says a new employer should always make clear that you are not alone and you have a network of support ready to answer any questions you may have.

Another tip the article offers to detect a lousy job is if after two weeks or so you determine you are half way there to becoming the employee with the most seniority. Balderrama points out that companies who have employees that stick around for years are the companies that appreciate and treat those employees well. If employees seem to come and go all the time, it is probably not the best working environment for anyone.

Balderrama also advises new employees to take notice how the boss interacts with coworkers. If you witness other employees running from the boss’s office crying on a regular basis, the boss is probably not showing respect to his/her workers. Balderrama writes, “A good company uses open communication, not fear and intimidation, to get results.

Though the battle to get the job may be long and tedious, it is best to get out of a job as soon as you realize it will not benefit you or be detrimental to your career to stay. For a full list of Balderrama’s tips you can go to:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/worklife/02/18/cb.lousy.job/index.html

What do you think of the signs to look for to determine if you chose the right job listed above?

Are there any other signs you can think of or have personally experienced while working for a poorly run company?

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  • rwillis By rwillis
    03.25.08  

    It's also hard to work under someone who is simply ignorant. I do not mean this in a self-entitled "I have a 4 year degree and am therefore better than your lack of college education" way. I mean it as it is hard to take criticism from someone regarding your professionalism (working in customer service) when their grammar/spelling is severely lacking to the point that customers actually correct it themselves. This also includes being ignorant of the fact that it is common knowledge, or common sense, that every individual in the workplace has a different personality, learning process, way of doing things, and/or communication style.

  • bbcoop By bbcoop
    03.18.08  

    I can't work for someone who doesn't hold themselves to a standard of integrity when dealing with customers and coworkers. Yes, we all make mistakes now and then, but blatant dishonesty I just can't respect.

    Also something that is hard for me to tolerate is superiority complexes. If you think you work for someone who thinks they are better than than you or someone you work with, how are you going to respect them? We all deserve a certain level of respect no matter where/who we are in life!

  • MyySharona By MyySharona
    03.18.08  

    An additional sign is if your manager doesn't know what he/she is doing, but you know more than they do on the most common and necessary working skills needed for the job.

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