I have just spent two hours cruising the internet looking for jobs. I’ve been on the Guardian’s job site, I’ve been on Charityjobs, I’ve been on Third Sector jobs, I’ve been on the Times job section. And I’ve come to the conclusion…

Most job descriptions are SO boring.

Even what could end up being relatively interesting positions are killed by boring, functional job titles and mind-numbing descriptions:

Account Management, Business Development, Project Manager…


What would the job actually entail? Sell it to me. If you want my attention and you want me to apply… sell the opportunity to me. No wonder people searching for their dream job online end up pulling their hair out in frustration.

A couple of other things spring to based on my frustrating morning:

  • don’t cruise job boards looking for an amazing job – you won’t find it
  • work out who you would like to work for an approach them directly
  • don’t worry if they’re not hiring
  • explain why you would like to work for them and why
  • ask for a ‘meeting’, an interview, whatever…

Check out another post we wrote called: How to get an interview when your dream company isn’t hiring

Oh, and keep an eye on Esc’s Opportunities Zone – we filter for quality and interesting jobs so you don’t have to! Which sees me spending my morning searching for exciting opportunities and often finding none!


And here’s a Wordle that I made of the messages on Esc’s front page:

I also think this ad is damn funny: