Career Predators and How to Avoid Them


Unfortunately, the workplace after college is not all sunshine and rainbows. On the flip side, it is also not as cold and manipulative as some people seem to believe. The truth is, the line is drawn close to the middle, more on the sunshine side (if your glass is half full like mine :]). This means there will be people and potential employers who ONLY have their bottom line in mind, but also employers who really care about their employees partly due to how the workplace has been changing. This is not to say the bottom line is not important by any means, just that more goes into having a successful business like employee satisfaction, ethics, service-based leadership, and cultures that promote a more caring environment. A little warning, what was stated above and below do not apply to you if you are (on a consistent basis) negligent, arrogant, or unprincipled.

How to stick with the sunshine and rainbows:

Understand the cold and manipulative side. Everyone loves to feel wanted. The reality is some employers take advantage of this, especially with the desperation we feel that can result after graduation. It has happened to me and I have seen it many times. If you are nearing graduation or are currently in search of the next career, you may have been contacted by recruiters or even friends who want you to join them in their endeavors. 

Two sectors which there is a higher probability of being in the dark and manipulative side are: multi-level marketing companies and companies whose pay is solely commission-based. For a more in-depth explanation on MLMs listen to Omar on $100 MBA. In regards to MLM and taking a macro perspective, how on earth does it make sense to have to pay monthly to work. Usually it is the other way around. Again, my experience is first hand. I have been approached by numerous companies and have actually been apart of one. Secondly when it comes to the solely commission-based companies, it is very rare to find one that actually cares for their employees. Again with a macro perspective, if the employer really cared, why wouldn’t they actually show it by investing in their employees? Most likely, these are the companies that “feed” on students just out of college and promise experience when all they have you do is cold call and force you to abuse your network. Side note, this doesn’t apply to young startups because that is a whole different sector which entails a completely unorthodox structure.

So what to do when presented with these situations?

  1. Listen to your heart. Ask yourself: how do the people approaching you make you feel? Do you honestly believe that they have your best interest in mind? (Many times they will tell you they do, but this may be a lie).
  2. Ask A TON of questions. I mean get to the point where they WANT to stop talking to you. This will test them on how much they know and may bring out their true colors. Throw in some questions where they must respond with emotions. (ex. How does this job make you feel?). The answers they provide will be much harder to bend the truth about if they warrant an emotional response. And you can get a better read on them.
  3. Research. DO NOT give them a final answer in any way. If after the first conversation, you do not immediately detect something is wrong and don’t want to regret anything, research everything they said. Hopefully you had a notepad out for the conversation. Cross reference, check the validity, look for reviews, and scour the Internet for any funny business (literally). Then if you choose to follow up, repeat step two now that you are more informed. If not, kindly send a follow-up email saying no thank you.

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