We've all been there, especially straight out of uni, made to feel desperate for a job, any job (not just a copywriter job), sending badly written CVs indiscriminately for vacancies that don't even match our profile, only to get 1 humiliating interview for every 100 applications, which ends up with the frustrating "we'll be in touch" rejection statement.
You deserve better!
Indiscriminately applying, and the frame of desperation that job candidates tend to project, may actually be the exact reason why we are not treated as well as we'd like. This is because a perceived oversupply of applicants gives employers the false impression that they can hire anyone, anytime, at any rate.
So, my advice to job applicants is to stop wasting your time (and stop artificially inflating labor supply against your best interests) by only applying to employers you would actually LOVE to work with.
But how do you choose a GOOD employer when most of the information about them you have as a job applicant comes from a mere job ad?
With so many job openings out there, it would be extremely useful to be able to spot red flags and filter employers according to your preferences and expectations, assuming of course that you value your work and time, and that you do have expectations when negotiating a job.
Well, I've put together a list to help guide you on how you can vet employers. Save some time when looking through job ads by filtering them (and the employers behind them) based on the following red flags:
(Caveat: these are my personal opinions. Treat them as such.)