Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Danger, Will Robinson! (Or: How I Learned to Spot Job Posting Red Flags, Part 3)
To read Part 1, visit here. Part 2 here.
Let's talk about money ... your money. More specifically, throwing your money away. And chances are that's what you'll end up doing if you pay to obtain "secret" job listings.
These kinds of ads prey upon our desire to get the jump on our competition by giving us access into an all-exclusive enclave. Don't be fooled. There is no such thing as a super-duper-ultra-suede-Doppler-5000-double-dog-dare listing of secret freelance jobs. If you receive anything for your money, it will be recycled listings from job sites that are easily available to anyone for free.
And of course, you should never -- EVER -- pay to have something you write be considered for publication (contests are another animal). That's called a rip-off.