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Your help? I'm hunting for harbingers that you shouldn't take that job

Posted by Scott Kirsner  September 3, 2013 02:11 PM

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Update: I'm grateful for all your help... here's the piece I wrote collecting your advice.

Pretty much everything ever written about the job search focuses on how to get the job: how to tweak your résumé or LinkedIn profile, or how to answer tough interview questions.

But very little is written about how to know if you're pursuing a job you might not want.

So I need your help this week: would you share with me your examples of signs that you shouldn't take a job? I'm looking for things that you have noticed in job descriptions...Skype screenings...phone interviews...compensation/bonus plans...web searches...conversations with former employees...or workplace visits that suggest that maybe you don't actually want this gig.

These could be signs that you heeded — or didn't, but wish you had. They could be serious or a silly. Recent or not so recent.

Three ways to chime in, in order of my preference (and your input would be most helpful before September 5th at 10 AM):

1. Click my name in the right-hand column, where it says "About the blogger," and send me an e-mail.

2. Send me a tweet or direct message to @ScottKirsner.

3. Post a comment below.

(Also: you can let me know if there is some reason you need to be anonymous. If that's the case, use option #1 above.)

Thanks for your help!

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