Finding legitimate jobs

ing legitimate jobs

What's a 'legitimate job?' It's more than just a real job, it's a reliable job, with reliable pay and conditions that operates like a real job, not a form of masochism. The fact is that as the employment market redesigns itself not only are job scams becoming too common, but so are really dismal, go-nowhere jobs.

Job seekers be warned: this is not the time to 'suspend your disbelief.' Quite the opposite is true. Make sure your disbelief is in good working order, and getting regular exercise. Any claim made by an employer should be considered to require proof.

The greatest dangers here are the job seeker's own impatience to get a job, and having oversized expectations. These combine to persuade job hunters that low-quality jobs are OK, and that the minimum wage is a thing of beauty, and that all janitors can become movie stars.

Really, give your disbelief some vitamins if necessary, but keep it awake and fully operational.

The first and most basic thing to do is check out a job from top to bottom.

Start with the absolutely obvious stuff you can find out for yourself:

  • What's good about this job?
  • Does it cover my need to eat and have a life, simultaneously?
  • What sort of working conditions does it have?
  • What do people think of this place, as somewhere to work?
  • What sort of culture does the job have?
  • Does this job go anywhere?

If you're OK with your answers to these questions, you can move on. Ask some more questions on these subjects to the employer or employees. If you start hearing different answers to the same questions from management, move on fast. If you get evasive answers, avoid the whole idea. If the big talk about salaries, career incentives and commissions seems to be coming from people with wardrobes and vocabularies that don't match, something is probably not legit.

Intelligent, applied skepticism can save you a lot of trouble. You can also have your own personal early warning system, jobs you know to avoid on sight. Depending on what you do for a living, there are a range of things you don't like, and they have lots in common with non-legitimate jobs. Even if you're a white collar professional, you can wind up as an accountant/outworker, if you're not careful, and under contract.

These are some of the common professional warning signs:

  • Bad hours
  • Bad quality of service or business
  • Run down looking workplace
  • Run down looking employees
  • Vague employment packages
  • Contradictory information, like figures that don't add up

Sometimes it's just vibes, but you'll find that good, constructive paranoia will keep you out of trouble.

A legitimate job proves it's legitimate by delivering what it claims, and being what it claims to be, from the first moment of contact.