Job Adverts. What do They Really Mean?
Job advertisements, what do they really mean? Is this one for you, or are you just wasting your time? Does it pay a decent salary, or does it mean
sixteen hours a day for next to nothing? It is sometimes hard to tell, with employment agencies sometimes resembling estate agents in their flowery
use of language. Hardly surprising, they are probably on commission as well, and need to attract the best candidates for every opportunity they deal
with. So, what do they really mean, which words actually matter and which are just so-much flim-flam?
Here is our attempt to improve the visibility of these advertisements, our very own jargon buster. If you come across a pearl or two, do let us know -
and we can, perhaps, publish here to raise a few more wry smiles.
If you are 40+, you know exactly what this means! It is the word that replaced 'young' when age discrimination legislation came into being. It means
that they may be looking for someone on the way up, rather than one who has already made it, or, to put it another way, someone who is cheaper
(than you). Get ready to prove your higher worth in all sorts of ways.
Quite possibly a degree of 'sales' involved here, although perhaps just code for 'we want someone who will work their ar--e off'. They are looking for
someone who will run with the ball, will achieve results in the short term and will whatever is necessary to get the job done. A natural attribute if you
are a class 'A' workaholic, keep clear if you just want somewhere to go in between social outings!
As in, forget the job description, just get it done! A job that might be hugely interesting, great for learning new skills and a very worthwhile experience,
or ... it might mean working anytime, all the time, without notice, overtime without pay, even weekends, traveling to another site at zero notice and so
on. Make sure that you know which it is.
Ass opposed to a 'hermit', perhaps? A meaningless statement, when have you ever