Good news! I picked up a freelance assignment writing some dev content. It won’t pay my bills for long, but it’s money coming in instead of going out.
Meanwhile, a couple of headhunter nibbles haven’t borne fruit, and there seems to be a real shortage of good roles in my fields on LinkedIn this week. Usually, I’ll bang out three applications right away to meet the requirement for my weekly unemployment filing. I do more job hunting than that, but getting the minimum out of the way right away feels freeing somehow.
I’m a little less picky on those first 3 of the week, but even being less fussy this week means I’m still looking for my third. It’s not that there are none, but most of them seem to be a 40% pay cut, on contract, with 7-8 agencies advertising the same role with 200+ applicants each.
Last year, I hit the ground running TWICE and had a start date within six weeks. I’m eight weeks into this year and have only had one full(ish) loop that I’m still waiting to hear back on.
Warning words in job descriptions
What are “warning words?” They’re words or phrases in a job description that effectively serve as a warning that applying there (or getting hired) will turn into a shit show.
Why am I on this topic? I saw a job description with “no job-hoppers, please.” That immediately set off my spidey senses. It tells me that someone feels less confident in their ability to retain good talent.
What word or phrase have you seen in a job ad that raised the hairs on the back of your neck and served as a flashing red “stay away” sign… and why?