When dispensing interview advice, I forgot to mention the important step that comes before that, the job search.  While Teamability is a great tool to help you in the job market, it is unable to keep you safe from the sharks in the water.  Fortunately, it comes complete with this wonderful, complementary blog to help you along the way.

I’ve been running into a ridiculous amount of fishy jobs on the internet, and according to the San Francisco Chronicle, I’m not alone.  The article claims that online job scams are increasing in conjunction with the desperation of the job-seeking masses.  Here are three things I recommend to reduce your risk of being scammed:

  • Make sure you’ve applied for the job. While this might seem obvious, you may not think of it when someone calls/emails you to tell you that they received your resume and would love to interview you.  I recently signed up for a monster account but have yet to actually upload a resume.  Despite this, I have at least two “employers” a week emailing me to tell me how the experience on my resume makes me the perfect fit for their opening.
  • Perform a “Google Scam Test”. It’s always extremely disheartening when a job sounds like the perfect fit for you, so you begin to Google it for more info, and the first search suggestion that pops up is “[Company Name] Scam”.  The odds are that if this happens, it is indeed a scam.  Even if it’s not a suggestion, search it anyway.  You can never be too sure.
  • Beware the Six-Figure-Salesmen. Like you’ve heard a million times, “If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”  I constantly run into extremely vague job descriptions with few qualifications that claim you can “make six figures in no time!”  As you might expect, they never pass the Google Scam Test, and the common complaint is that these entry-level sales/marketing/etc jobs are really door-to-door or on-the-street sales jobs.  While its quite possible that someone at some point in time could potentially have made $100K annually selling knives door-to-door, it seems highly unlikely that you’ll be able to do so, no matter how talented you may be.

Once again, I’ll open up the floor for anyone else to offer advice.  Any takers?

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Internships in today’s economy are getting harder and harder to come by.  As a result, many college students are turning to less legitimate job sources, even… Craigslist [cue dramatic music].  Every time a friend tells me that they’re looking for jobs on Craigslist, I am reminded of my first experience with the site.

I was looking for a marketing internship, and sure enough, Craigslist had one.  I applied and went for an interview.  The owner gave a vague description of his start-up marketing company that he ran out of his parent’s house.  The internship would be from home and sounded cool enough, so I took it.  I received no instructions or training, forcing me to ask questions every step of the way.  After a few weeks, I stopped receiving emails.  I immediately jumped to the conclusion that I had been a terrible marketing intern.  What else was I supposed to think?

Looking back, I can see two problems, neither one of which was my own ineptitude.  Firstly, I was working for a guy who thought it was appropriate to cold shoulder an intern.  More importantly, neither of us was aware of our Role.  I now know that I am a Vision Mover, and as such, I need a clear vision to work with in order to be successful.  While I learned absolutely nothing about marketing, I did come away with a newfound appreciation for the wise words of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who frequently reminded the WWE audience to “Know your role!”  Can you smell what the Rock is cookin’?