Just another day in job hunting….

It’s just another day in the job hunting world.

Yes, I’m still at it.

Last week was pretty interesting; the company that had the open position turned out to be a one office hole, operating out of a newish McMansion home — the office was in the corner of a basement; it did not look like there were tenants in the home.

The company touted themselves as a “trader for the high tech industry.”  Turns out that translated into “we sell computer parts to our home country.”

The company didn’t even have a website. How do you figure that? Everybody’s got a website now, if they’re a business — and if not a website, at the very least, a webpage. Corner bars and neighborhood delis and the tiniest of businesses have websites and webpages; this “company” couldn’t even manage that much.

To be a somewhat credible company, you must have a website.  The moral to the story here: if there is no website attached to the company, move on. Don’t apply for their “job.” To me, this is not a company at all, if no website exists.

Is this what job seekers have to look forward to: jobs being offered by  nonentity self-appointed and self-proclamed “companies” that are not even companies at all?

6 thoughts on “Just another day in job hunting….”

  1. So that’s what I’ve been doing wrong all these years!

    I’ve been in business for over six years. I have a domain name, and use the Internet to share data and deliverables with clients, but never got around to setting up a Web site for the public to read. Quite frankly, I’m too busy. Moreover, my business is not the sort that someone would need to use off the street. (I’m an engineering consultant.)

    But my business is definitely a real company, paying taxes, registered with the state, etc.

    As I noted in another comment, the computer service for running a Web site is cheap. What costs–in time or money–is developing the content.

    For a startup with more time than money, seeking to do business with the public, a Web site is a necessity. But it isn’t always true.

  2. Oh doin’t get me wrong.

    Home offices are great for various businesses: insurance, photogs, artists and the like.

    I didn’t know how legitimate her business was. That’s the whole bottom line. I guess I could have called the township to see if they were registered but I wonder how many people do that — I know I didn’t when I ran a home business about 10 years ago.

  3. It would depend on what the business does. If the product or service is regulated at the state level, like insurance, my guess is that they would be more likely to be registered with the city or township.

    If the business turns out to be Madame Scheherezade’s Exotic Dancing, maybe not.

  4. Here is another home that holds a business: a bacteriology lab.

    I ran accross the ad last week; I googled the address and a home that matched the address of the lab popped up on a link from a realtor.

    I frequently drive down that block; when I saw the ad, I was pretty certain that entire street had no commerical buildings. To my knowledge, it is strictly residential, with a chain restaurant on the corner. I got my answer when I googled the addy and saw that the lab was in a house.

    I for one can’t figure out how a residence gets rezoned to be a commerical building. Greasing wheels is one thing.

  5. They may not have the proper permits. How large is the sign designating the lab? If you have to go to the door to see it, so does everyone else.

    Depending on the level of biohazard that they expect, one can do this sort of work in a kitchen that has the right sort of venting.

    However, the house may be unsellable at a future date if it becomes sufficiently contaminated, as happens with houses where people cook meth.

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