Whether you’re in a position you hate now – or you’ve embarked on a seemingly endless job search – you may feel that almost any opportunity is better than your current situation.
This doesn’t mean, however, that you should apply to every position you come across. In fact, it might be time to reconsider the way you’re searching for employment if the spray and pray tactic is part of your job search strategy.
Before you apply to the list of openings you’re itching to get through – and waste valuable time and energy – here are seven signs that may be subtly telling you NOT to apply:
1. Something Fishy This Way Comes
Have you ever read a job listing and felt like something was off? Maybe there’s a lack of information regarding the employer, little to no notation of qualifications, or, a serious red flag: the explanation that you can work from anywhere and make a ridiculous amount of money.
Scam job listings are more prevalent than most of us would like to think. Do your research on every posting you come across before giving out your personal information.
2. You’re Desperate
Your search for employment is taking way longer than you had hoped, and you’re running low on funds. While you may need a position now, it’s highly unlikely you’ll win over a hiring manager by displaying any sign of desperation.
Companies aren’t looking for employees who are biding their time; they’re looking for the perfect match for company culture. Desperation is rarely a match. Approach each position with a fresh site of eyes, and a fresh attitude free from the “I’ll take anything” approach.
3. You’re Not Qualified
A successful job search often comes down to how well you understand and market your experiences and skills. If you’re a recent graduate, it’s probably not in your best interest to apply for the position insisting on a minimum of three to five years of experience.
If the qualifications they’re asking for are nowhere to be found on your resume, you should pass this time.
4. Your Network Says No
One way to gain insight on a job opportunity is to ask your network if they or anyone they know has worked for the company. You will gain important feedback regarding your potential employer, as well as the position at hand.
If you’re receiving a lot of negative feedback about the company, industry or manager… it might be best to skip out on applying.
5. Research Brings Up Red Flags
Scanning online resources for detailed company reviews on an employer is an important step in the job search. Some red flags you may encounter during your research could include a lack of web presence, consistently poor reviews on Glassdoor, no employees listed on LinkedIn, or even negative online reviews from previous workers.
Carefully take these signs into consideration before you move forward in the application process.
6. You’re Overqualified
Many jobs act as important stepping stones in your career – everyone got their start somewhere.
But if the position you’re considering doesn’t align with your career goals in any way, think about your future. With nearly half of Americans with college degrees working in jobs they’re overqualified for, and seemingly stuck in a never-ending rut, it might be best to avoid getting stuck in this situation.
7. Company Values Are Off
You may be a perfect fit when it comes to qualifications, but if you don’t share similar values with the company, this is troublesome.
Every company has a unique mission, interests, work environment, and way of doing business. Many hiring managers won’t consider candidates who lack value alignment… so shouldn’t that be a requirement for you, also? Ask yourself this: “Why would I want to work for a company I don’t believe in?”
Save time during your job search by only applying for positions that are a good fit for you, your current sense of urgency and your long-term career goals. This means researching, evaluating, and understanding each position and potential employer… before hitting that ‘Apply Now’ button!
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Glassdoor.com!
About the Author: Heather R. Huhman is a Glassdoor career and workplace expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for organizations with products that target job seekers and/or employers. She is also the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships: The Truth About Getting from Classroom to Cubicle (2011), #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets. Follow Heather on Twitter!