You’ve recently completed your certification in nursing assisting and you’re turning your attention now to landing nursing assistant jobs in your area. Here at the Allen School Blog, we’ve done a lot of writing about what to include in your job hunting resume and what NOT to put into it. After all, embellishing your resume in an attempt to get a leg up on the best available nursing assistant jobs is not only unethical, but it can have negative consequences for your ability to land a job in the future too. It’s a small world and bad news travels fast.
But today, we’re gonna clue you in to some of the unethical (or at least questionable) tactics used by some employers as they seek to fill roles at the lowest possible cost. This is not to say that all employers are out to stiff workers with low wages. Yet, just as there are shady applicants claiming to have experience and credentials they don’t really have, there are also shady employers looking to get over on their workforce. Since you really want to avoid working for an organization with questionable ethics anyway, here are some things to look for during the nursing assistant jobs search which may be indicative of shenanigans. (These are excerpted from this excellent article at www.CheatSheet.com.
1. The phrase “income potential”
This phrase attracts applicants by prompting them to imagine potential earnings beyond what is typical for the position. The CheatSheet says, “But typically, you’ll be let down. There are also several schemes and scams that will employ similar language, so if you see this phrase, proceed with caution.”
2. Impossible experience requirements
Ever see a job listing that says, “Entry-level position — 2 years experience required”? Or how about a job asking for five years experience using a software tool that has only been available for three years? CheatSheet says, “This is a tactic used by some big corporations to sneakily cut down on costs to hire foreign labor. Essentially, they’re creating an impossible job to fill, so that they can dip into foreign labor markets in order to pay lower salaries.”
3. “Salary DOE”
The CheatSheet correctly notes, “Just like “income potential,” “salary DOE” is another way for employers to be non-committal about how much they’re willing to pay for a particular position. While there are cases in which the salary does very much depend upon one’s experience, it’s a method of fishing around for potential employees at a discount. You can’t really blame them for that. But as a job seeker? Be aware.”
4. Advancement opportunities
This commonly used term is designed to make candidates believe there is room for growth in the opportunity. Either room for promotion, or pay increases. Or at the very least, opportunity to gain practical skills you can take with you to the next job. However, many places are not the fertile ground for advancement they like to portray themselves as. To be sure you’re not getting taken for a ride with this promise, you should read reviews on Glassdoor or other sites. See what people who have worked or are still working there are saying. CheatSheet is right when they say, “If they’ve been stuck there for years with little, or no hope of advancement? Keep your job search alive.”
You’ve earned a great credential as a certified nursing assistant. Make sure you find an equally honest opportunity for growth and advancement.