We can tell that from the help-wanted. Or, will be able to after responding to enough wrong help-wanted. When we send a cover letter to a work opportunity which will drive us into a trauma loop, we suffer. That pain should teach us that not all work is worth chasing after.
How do I size up a wrong fit and now no longer reply?
One is the highly detailed ad. That signals an organization embedded in process. That's not for me.
Another is the delusional employer who expect a "rock star" and is paying $10 an hour.
A third is the embittered client who provides a long list of what not to put in the cover letter;. That one has been burned. And so I know better than apply.
Before I took the leap into sanity on this issue, I did wind up trauma looping. One entrepreneur in Canada wanted the world, was in continual communication with me, and was only willing to pay peanuts. For weeks I trauma looped. That was after I sent him back his down payment and warned him never to contact me again or I would notify the Canadian authorities.
Pain, as they say, is the touchstone of wisdom. Currently I am way too wise not to screen help-wanted carefully for what I don't want.
If we are smart about how to pitch ourselves in a cover letter there will be plenty of work out there.