Most job descriptions are boring

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by Rob on August 24, 2010

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 DO THESE WORDS MEAN?!

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!

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

I also think this ad is damn funny:

  • http://dramaqueensguide.typepad.com Nicola

    I think the problem is that companies have been used to an excess of qualified, and at times overqualified, applicants for every job and have got lazy. They don’t seem to realise that if they don’t want cookie cutter employees, they can’t keep churning out cookie cutter ads.

    We’ve become a very risk-averse society generally, terrifying kids in school to believe that they have to make themselves into the perfect employee or they’ll never get one of the few university places and then one of the even fewer jobs. If we could promote creativity and inspiration, asking people what they want to do and what problems they want to solve, instead of how to fit themselves into a box, then maybe we could bury the idea of the “good enough” ad for the “good enough” employee.

  • http://www.benjaminkohl.com Benjamin

    It’s kind of funny, but I just published a blog entry about this very topic because I get so fed up with reading the same boring job descriptions filled with buzzwords that mean next to nothing to me. Most job descriptions remind me of college course descriptions. By the time you are done reading them, you are left thinking “so what will I be doing?”

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