Red flags to spot in a job posting and 3 excellent companies hiring

Red flags to spot in a job posting and 3 excellent companies hiring
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Here are a few red flags to watch out for when perusing through job listings – if you see all or any of these, you may want to move swiftly on. This week we have highlighted three excellent companies presently hiring and of course, there are plenty more opportunities available on the Canadian Investor Job Board.

1) No salary or salary range

In Canada from January 1st, 2019, Ontario-based businesses have been required to include a salary range in all publicly advertised job postings and prohibit reprisals against employees who discuss or disclose compensation too. In the US, only about 12% of postings on online job sites include salary ranges, an increase from 8% in 2019. So it is clear that many companies still don’t do this, despite it being a really quick and simple way for job seekers to narrow their searches. If this really matters to you, limit your searches to companies who do disclose what the salary or salary range for the role will be.

2) Vague job descriptions

You’re pretty clear on what you can do and furthermore, what you want to do, but er, does the company know what it wants from the person it is looking to hire? If you can’t get a clear sense of what the job description is, run for the hills. It’s indicative of a company without clear management, forward planning or goals.

3) Lists and lists of tasks and responsibilities

Obviously all jobs come with things to do. But when you see a job posting that contains 10 or 15 (or more) responsibilities, some of which are out of the scope of what would normally be expected in the same role, it’s time to have another think. Too many requirements either means that the employer doesn’t really know what they are looking for, or if you do get the job, you’ll be biting off far more than you can chew.

4) Avoid these phrases

Tech companies in particular love a buzz word but we’re not talking about job descriptions with the word ‘Ninja’ in them. Rather, check job listings for phrases like “fast-paced environment”, or “must be willing to switch lanes or directions quickly,” or anything that requires you to “wear several hats.” Any of these could indicate a culture of chaos, understaffing or poor management, none of which are conducive to a good work life balance. Another thing to avoid, especially in early career, is anything along the lines of “must be able to work independently”. While none of us enjoy being micromanaged, this could indicate you’ll receive little in the way of feedback and mentoring, both of which are essential for career success.

If you’re ready to start job hunting, these three companies are hiring, and there are plenty more opportunities available on the Canadian Investor Job Board too.


Valeyo is a leading Canadian solutions provider to the financial services industry with a focus on lending and protection. It brings together the right products, solutions and services to help its partners thrive and it aims to be a formative partner in driving transformation for financial institutions in the country. With a mutual interest in the financial well being of the Canadian consumer, Valeyo leverages an understanding of challenges, issues and opportunities within the financial ecosystem to facilitate open discussion, provide expertise and deliver end-to-end solutions that help clients meet and exceed market need. Interested in working at Valeyo? Discover open roles here.


The first subscription-based, full-service talent acquisition solutions provider in Canada, Talentminded provides flexible, scalable monthly managed recruitment services to help companies hire the right people, and build talent pipelines for today and the future. It services clients globally and manages all levels of recruitment, helping companies of all sizes grow their business and teams through high-impact talent acquisition programs. Want to work with Talentminded? See open roles at the company, and with its partners.


Turning location data into actionable indoor intelligence, Inpixion’s intelligence platform combines mapping, positioning, security, and analytics and harnesses the future of the Internet of Things (IoT) now. Its platform directs you away from crowds to ensure your path is accessible; it can help with saving energy by turning lights and systems off as you leave a room; and can direct you to available workspaces that are both safely distanced but in the proximity of the people you need to collaborate with. Interested in a career at Inpixion? Find out more here.

By Kirstie McDermott

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