my parents say I should offer to work for free for a week to prove myself to employers
By Ask a Manager on February 05, 2014
A reader writes: I’ve read your posts about working for free (unintentionally) as part of the hiring process as a form of “spec” work for technical jobs, but I think I have a different question to ask in the same neighborhood. I’m being “advised” by my parents that “five times as many candidates as job openings be damned!” and “Just go up to an employer (who may or may not even have a job opening advertised), tell them you’ll work for them for free for one week and if they’re happy with the job you’re doing, then they should hire you.” Is this at all a reasonable thing to do? Some of my concerns are: 1. . . .