In the course of any job search, it’s likely that you’ll have some frightening encounters, some even more scary than a Halloween movie marathon. From corporate creeps to eerie interviews, learn how to avoid and overcome the scariest nightmares from the find-a-job trail.
The Employment Exorcism
Maybe your resume is possessed, because apparently, it’s speaking in ancient tongues that recruiters can’t understand. In other words, your resume and cover letter seems to be scaring employers away.
Fear fighter: Consider calling in an expert who can help you exorcise the resume demons and make you more marketable. The key is learning how to tailor your qualities and credentials to each job’s unique qualifications.
You know who is almost as creepy as Normal Bates? The interviewer who asks the most inappropriate questions, that’s who. While some companies are known for having an unconventional interview process, make sure you don’t become the victim of questions that cross the line. Questions about age, race, sexual orientation, disability, and pregnancy plans could be in violation of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rules, for instance.
Fear fighter: Know your employer rights, and use the interview as a way to gauge the company’s culture. If you feel violated in any way, run.
Paranormal Job Search Activity
Stains that suddenly appear on your interview suit; glaring typos that materialize after you send an introduction email; traffic delays that rise up from out of nowhere and make you late for your lunch meeting. What can be behind all of these unexplained phenomena?
Fear fighter: While some things will forever remain a mystery (like recruiters who seem to vanish into thin air), you can launch a plan of attack to combat some unearthly employment occurrences. For instance, give yourself extra time to dress and arrive to appointments, and ask a friend to read over important correspondence before you send it, just in case.
The Job Offer Omen
Perhaps the scariest job seeker nightmare of all is the one you never saw coming. On the surface, everything seemed perfect, but lurking beneath is an unspeakable evil, in the form of a job offer loophole. You should have known that it was too good to be true — that your dream job would turn into the job from hell — but you let down your guard.
Fear fighter: Always dig deeper before you commit to a new job. Even if the interviewer seemed nice, observe what the vibe in the rest of the office is like. Go online to read employer reviews. And ask lots of questions so there are no spooky surprises later on.
By bravely facing these potential nightmares head on, you’ll go from scared job seeker to fearless new hire.
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