Job Listing Hall of Shame

Ask for the details. If you want to know what you'll be marketing, who the company's clients are or whether the job involves selling steak knives door to door and you can't find this information on the Web, ask. If you want assurance that the job a recruiter is calling you about is indeed available now -- with the necessary funding in place -- say so.

Don't let desperation cloud your judgment. Don't relinquish all your control to those doing the hiring. "Rely on those instincts that we all have," said Salpeter. "Don't push them under your radar just because you need a job."

Know that you can Google a company, sniff them out with your professional network or the Better Business Bureau, and ask questions to your heart's content and still not smell a rat. Some sneaky job listings are that good, as several of the job hunters profiled here will attest.

If you do catch a whiff of something foul -- even mid-interview -- don't be afraid to speak up.

"You have the right to say, 'This isn't the job I applied for,"' Salpeter said.

This work is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.

Michelle Goodman is a freelance journalist, author and former cubicle dweller. Her books — "My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube" -- offer an irreverent take on the traditional career guide. More tips on career change, flex work and the freelance life can be found on her blog, Anti9to5Guide.com.

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