by Stacey Carroll, Contributing Writer
Are you looking for the best job in this bustling economy? Here are some tips to make sure you don't get screwed.
We don’t allow second jobs.
Watch out for this one especially if the pay is low. Typically, this requirement should only come from a job paying $35,000 or more a year. It has to be a livable wage, and trust me, the company interviewing you knows what constitutes a livable wage. The individual applying and interviewing should also know his or her minimum livable wage. If the job is below those thresholds, proceed with caution.
The pay is salary instead of hourly.
Typically, a low wage job is also an hourly job. I didn’t see salary until I was making $40k a year. Even my $35k assistant manager job in 2007 was hourly. At $20k a year, you really don’t want to be answering phones all night after you’ve left the office or checking work email in the middle of the night. The company isn’t paying you for that, but if the job is salary they will expect it even if they didn’t specifically tell you.
The company is in transition.
Two companies I worked at were in transition. At the time of my hire, the latter had just fired quite a few of their middle managers. The goal was to hire new middle managers with better qualifications and fresh eyes. By the time they downsized me in 2009, they had let most of those new hires go and reposted the jobs with a salary decrease of $13k, and reduced requirements. If they can transition the old out, they can transition the new out just as easily.
You are extremely overqualified.
The last job I applied for required a high school diploma and a couple years of office experience. I applied because I wanted office experience. At that point, I had ten years of retail experience, a year and a half of sales experience, and a Masters degree in Human Resources Development. In other words, I know how to handle and deal with people. The job was phone and computer-centric. I figured if they were a growing company, I could run my own office in a couple years. I was wrong. What they wanted were my ideas. After that, they didn’t need me.
Needless to say, I didn’t give up my other income when I started the job. I did share my ideas. One of them was used against me during the exit interview which I found slightly amusing. They had yet to implement the idea.
The bottom line: apply wherever you like, but pay attention during the interview process. The interviewer will give hidden clues to the company’s direction, viability, and expectations. If you choose to accept the position, great, but keep your night job. The company may have a hidden agenda for hiring you and once that agenda is met, you will be let go.
Stacey Carroll is the author of the thriller series - Avia. She also authors the paranormal erotica series - The Blooddoll Factory. Stacey grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. she went to college at Indiana State Univeristy (ISU) and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in aerospace in the professional pilot program. She has flown Cessna 152s, Cessna 172s, the Pipe Seneca and the King Air. She also graduated with a minor in computer science that specialized in web design.
She has always been interested in reading and writing, and the first book she was ever read was the Grimms Brother's Fairy tales. From the ages of 6 to 11, she read the Nancy Drew series. By the age of 11, she had graduated to Stephen King novels. A few of her favorites include Carrie, Tommyknockers, The Dark Tower Series up to book 3 (That's where it stopped in the late 80s/ early 90s), Pet Semetary, The Shining, Night Shift, The Stand, It, Cujo, Christine, The Eyes of the Dragon and Thinner (Richard Bachman). In her teen years, she moved on to Anne Rice and got through about four of those books before they degraded. If you've ever read Anne Rice, you know book 5 isn't readable. Stacey has read a couple Harry Potter books as she was introduced to them in the early 2000s, and she's never read or watched anything Twilight or 50 Shades. Sorry. I'm a vampire purist, and nothing needs to be said about the latter. You already know.
She is currently an author and freelance writer. She received an honorable mention in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine in 2008 for a short story entitled The Field. In 2014, she was published in 13 Stories by Us by MacKenzie Publishing.
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