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Job Seekers Beware of Inconsiderate Employers

Do NOT let inconsiderate employers take advantage of you or waste your time.

The economy is humming along right now. Things are great. You should be able to find a job easily making a decent amount commensurate with your experience. That said, you need to avoid potential employers that want to take advantage of you!

I am a software developer. Currently, I do not need a job, however, I was looking for something during the week so that I could pay off a few bills. I haven’t looked for a job for a while, and a few things have surprised me lately. I have been an employer and a hiring manager, so I understand both sides. There are a lot of flaky and entitled employees, but right now I’m going to focus on the flaky employers.

1) SCAM JOBS
There are a lot of employers advertising for JUNIOR positions with low pay, but asking for senior level experience. I have no idea why this is happening in such a strong economy. The only thing I can say is that there must be people with senior experience that are willing to whore themselves out for a low salary. This is not only counterproductive for the job seeker, but it hurts the industry as a whole and brings wages down.

Let me give you an example. I have been on the other side. I was a hiring manager about 8 years ago. I was seeking JUNIOR web developers with 1-2 years experience and paying a starting salary of 60-70k per year. This was the norm at the time. Senior people were getting anywhere from 95k-140k, depending on the job location and the company.

Today, I have seen MANY job postings for JUNIOR web developers, some for 50k or less. But get this, they are asking for at least 5 years experience. That is not JUNIOR level!

The only way that employers can justify paying for ads for these scam positions is if people are actually applying for them. If you are one of those people whoring themselves out, STOP. JUST STOP! You are doing everyone a disservice.

2) ARMY OF ONE JOBS
This is a big pet peeve for me. Some companies are so clueless and so cheap that they think they can get an all-in-one employee for a single salary. This happens across many industries. However, in software development, it is commonly known that, with very, very few exceptions, graphic designers do not make coders and coders cannot make a good design if their lives depended on it. In fact, in the past two decades, after interviewing hundreds of candidates for both web design and web development, I have never encountered a single person that is good at both. That doesn’t stop the cheapskate companies from trying to get the most bang for their buck.

This week I came across a Web Designer/Developer Job.

These guys want a three (or four) for one employee that does it all. I imagine that qualified applicants for this position might ride in on a rainbow unicorn.

They ONLY want a person who is proficient at:
– Web Design
– Web Development
– Marketing and Analytics
– and Social Media

Perhaps I should apply and ask for 250k to start. However, as clueless as they are, I’m guessing that they might try to pay someone $60k a year for this position. No thank you.

Guys and girls, if you see a 4 person job like this, run away as fast as you can. Whoever gets hired for this position is being set up to fail.

3) NO RESPECT GIVEN
Employers should respect your time. I recently applied for a position. I have a lot of experience, so I get a lot of call-backs. However, I don’t want to waste my valuable time interviewing for these scam positions that want to pay a junior level salary for senior level experience. One thing I need to mention is to know your worth and to avoid being bullied. Time is money, so spend your time wisely. It is perfectly okay to ask what the salary range is before you give up your personal time to go in for an interview.

About a week ago, I applied for a position and got a call back within 24 hours. They had time slots that you could select to come in for an interview. Everything was clearly defind; skills required, job responsibilities, etc. Everything, that is, except for salary. I emailed the job and selected a time. In my email I asked about the salary range. My question was ignored. I had a family emergency and had to cancel and select a new time, which was no problem. This time I told the company that, in order to confirm that I would be there, I would need to know the salary range. My request was ignored once again.

The employer has no consideration for my time. That can only mean that this is not a good employer to work for. Of course, the company needs come first, I get that, but if the company has no respect or consideration for an applicant’s time, that is not going to improve once the applicant is hired.

There are lots of great employers out there. If an employer is inconsiderate before you are even hired, you should run! Respect the company’s time, but have some respect for yourself and you fellow job seekers. Don’t be bullied and don’t accept a scam job, or a senior level job for junior level pay!

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Motivation Self Improvement

Overcome Fear to Become the Best Version of Yourself

Don’t be afraid of failure
Most people are afraid to fail. Don’t be afraid of failure. Realize that life’s failures are just lessons that help you do a better job the next time. People that want to criticize you for failing at something are too scared to try new things on their own.

Your thoughts are holding you back
People are capable of amazing things, and are mostly just limited by their own thoughts. They see that nobody else has done something, so they don’t think they can do it either. For example, everyone used to think that running a 4 minute mile was impossible, until Roger Bannister finally broke the 4 minute barrier in 1954. Now that people know that it is possible because they saw somebody else do it, many people can now break that record. In fact, a guy from Morocco, that holds the record, ran a time of just over 3 minutes and 43 seconds in 1999. If you have a goal, do everything in your power to achieve it. Don’t worry if nobody has done it already. The limit is most likely all in your head.

Live Every Day Like it is your Last
Live every day like it is a precious gift. Don’t wait until it is too late. If you wake up every day and tell yourself that trying is useless because you’re probably gonna die today, one day you’ll be right.

Always Try Your Best
Try your best at everything that you do. Even if you have a simple job making sandwiches, try your best and take initiative to do better. You may think this is a waste of time, but you never know where life may lead you. Perhaps someone that runs a successful business will notice your work ethic and offer you a better job. At the very least, doing your best is good training for whatever comes next in life; such as starting a family, having a successful career, being your own boss, or having a happy marriage.

Do the Right Thing
Do the right thing, even when it is unpopular and even when you think nobody is watching. Having a good moral character will help you attract people that have a similar mindset. You may think that nobody will notice your good deeds, but you never know when somebody will catch you on a smartphone and turn you into a viral sensation, either for a good or a bad deed. According to John Wooden, “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”

Help Others
Try to help people by sharing what you know. As the saying goes, “what comes around, goes around”. Most of the time, when you help and teach others, you end up benefiting by learning more yourself.

Go First
Volunteer to go first. If you’re scared of getting on a ride, speaking in public, or even introducing yourself to a potential mate, know that going first gets it out of way and makes you appear more confident which, in turn, helps you become a more confident person. We are our own biggest critics. If you think you are not very good at something, like speaking to an audience, there are at least 10 people that probably think you are amazing.

Be Positive
Positivity is contagious. So is negativity. Try to encourage the people around you to do the right thing and to do better. One person cannot change the world but, the world around you will become a better place as the positivity you exude comes right back to you tenfold.

Ignore the Haters
Ignore what other people think. People are usually so afraid that they try to judge anyone that tries at something. If you fail at something, you’ll typically have a group of haters that wants to point an laugh. The hard truth is, they feel like failures on the inside, so they want to try to bring others down to their level. Ignore it. Move forward. Repeat.

Strive for Continuous Self Improvement
Always try to improve your skills. Nobody is perfect. Even Olympic champions need training to become the best at what they do. Never stop learning. New knowledge can change your life.

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Book: Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear

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