Career Corner: Look For These 4 Red Flags Behind a New Job Offer

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When looking for jobs you might not think much about your role in the company beyond what the job posting described. But looking into how other roles in the company are handled can also give you valuable insight regarding whether this is a good work environment. 

Per the Philadelphia Business Journal, you want to learn all you can about the company before working there so you don’t have any nasty surprises. A good way to learn more is to read reviews from sites like Indeed and Glassdoor to see what former and current employees are saying. 

In such reviews, see if what others say about the company’s culture aligns with how the company describes itself.

Also, keep an eye out for their turnover rate—you have to wonder why a company would regularly have difficulty retaining employees. 

You might also want to check what the company has been in the news for lately. Scandals at the top management level should be a red flag. If the CEO has a bad reputation currently, it makes you question how long things were actually bad before it became public news. 

And now more than ever you want to see if the company has plans for their future. With so many businesses going under recently, it is important to have ideas for how to grow and build.

If those ideas aren’t there, it might be the case that they are simply bailing water out of a sinking ship for as long as possible. You don’t want to attach yourself to a company in decline. 

Finding these problem areas requires more research on your part than what the company job posting will tell you. But taking these steps can help you make a better-informed decision when the job offer finally comes around. 

For more red flags that you should keep an eye out for, read what the Philadelphia Business Journal has to say here


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