Finding your next marketing job can be time-consuming, but you won’t regret putting in a little extra effort to land the right one. Do your research about different companies, and know what your financial, professional, and even personal goals are.
We’re here to save you some time and energy in your job search by listing some common red flags to avoid — because knowing what you don’t want in a job is just as important as knowing what you do want.
Here are some red flags to look for in marketing job descriptions
Too little or too many requirements
Both sides of the skill requirement spectrum can indicate that a company has no idea what they want or need from you. Look for the happy medium of required skills and job duties that make sense for you. A lengthy laundry list and a super vague description both show a lack of clarity on the employer’s part.
At best, this position will have poor management and communication to help you thrive. The worst case is that over-the-top or vague descriptions could be signs of a scam.
Commission based pay
Avoid the only commission roles at all costs. Why? Because you deserve to be paid for your work always – not just when you make a sale. Also, a wide range of earning potential could be a sign of commission-based pay. The highest end of the pay scale may be tempting, but would the lowest salary listed be enough to make the job worthwhile?
No benefits mentioned
We know that a job description is about finding the right candidate to fill a position…but there should still be a little give and take. After all, you’re also making a decision to work for the company in question.
So, what’s in it for you – besides the getting paid to work part? If there’s nothing about the benefits of working for the company, they may not have much to offer you.
Unhealthy work/life balance
If you see key phrases in a job posting about long hours and coming in on nights and weekends, you probably know that’s a no-go for you. But look out for sneaky phrases that may mean the same thing. For example, a ton of emphasis on “flexibility” could mean that you will need to come in at all hours and pick up slack wherever it’s needed.
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