Don’t you sometimes wish you had an early warning indicator that a new job is going to suck big time? Sure, different people have different tolerances for the levels of suckage in a job, but generally; knowing how to separate the traps, scams and other nightmare scenarios from the genuine good jobs with career path potential is a great skill to have.

So to save your time, money and sanity; here are a few tips on to know EARLY ON if a job will suck:


1. Is it too good to be true?

There’s the old adage, “Not all that glitters is gold”. When something seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t.

If the new company you’re hoping to work at offers you a package that is far more attractive than anything else you’ve seen for your current level of experience compared to the rest of the market, do please think twice.

A good healthy dose of skepticism should keep you from falling into any sticky, sweet traps and scams that blind optimism might lead you into. Keeping your eyes open and learn as much as you can about the reality of the industry and working world will hopefully make you less naïve.


2. Are people leaving in droves?

If people are constantly being hired for a post at a company, that is a solid sign that, well as bad to say it is – that job is probably terrible. It’s important to know this because a high turnover signifies high stress levels or other problems that others before you had to face.

To find out if that company has a high turnover rate, you can once again see if those aforementioned job review sites have any reviews from ex-staffers that could shine a light on the subject. Otherwise, the only way to find out is to talk to the staff members or if you know anyone who has a connection to that particular company.


3. What do your instincts tell you?

To avoid time consumption and frankly some money-sapping, dangerous positions; ask yourself some questions born out of skepticism: “Are they selling me this job too hard?” “Are they asking me to do things I’m not comfortable with?” “Does this look like a reputable company?”

And finally if you need help seeing through the glitz and glamour of some jobs like direct sales, insurance or MLM, ask yourself “Is this the kind of job I really want?” A lot of them are legit for sure, but that kind of lifestyle definitely is not for everyone.

Oh, and if they’re asking you for money up front for a fancy job overseas, then you stand a chance be a victim of human trafficking.


So what can you do?


1. Run a background check, Johnson!

So, if you’re unsure about your prospective employers, just do a quick background check on your most trusted friend, Google. Most companies do it before hiring you, so why shouldn’t you do it before you accept the job? There are a bunch of job review websites that could help shine some light on that company that’s hiring, so give it a go before you even walk in for an interview.


2. Do Do Do the Due… Diligence

Now that you’re happy that there are no red flags, then soldier on and keep digging for info about the company, the work they’ve done and clients they work with. You’re basically doing your due diligence by knowing as much as you can about your potential employer, and that knowledge can be put to use, helping you dazzle and impress your future bosses because, hey, your familiarity with the work they do almost makes you a member of the team already.


3. Interview the Interviewer

There’s a lot you can glean from your interview. Talk to the interviewers and ask them questions that could help you find out more about the work culture. Depending on your needs, you can find out if the job requires you to entertain clients for example, or work overtime or on weekends.

Finding out these things will help you plan your approach, if it suits your skillset then go for it! If not, opening up and starting a dialogue about your needs could put you in a better position to articulate any grievances further down the road should you have an issue with any part of the job description that sucks.


There are many wonderful jobs out there, and many sucky jobs too, whether they’re bad because of the workplace, the culture or whatever else it may be, but it may suit other individuals, so this list isn’t meant to address those issues. Those are wide ranging; from politics in the office, to being overworked, and those are all things that one can only find out when you’re on the job. All I can advise is for you to do your due diligence before joining a company.

The more you know, the better you can save yourself from headaches and heartaches.


Head on to WOBB and find yourself a job that’s not sucky! 



Posted by Colin Yeo