Job Ads. Let's calm it down.


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Everyday folks gather up job specifications, interview staff and scour the internet put together a great job to attract new talent.  And we do it wrong every time.

None of us can write useful, simple job ads. Usually, it’s a word salad of business buzzwords mixed with the same adjectives before relevant skills or experience, You know, the part you actually read. If we spend on average seven seconds looking at a resume hate to think how long job seekers spend on the hundreds of specs they troll through.

Clunky turns of phrases and words we use every solar eclipse. And the worst thing is it’s the same words! Roll the stats, please.

Australia’s largest job board SEEK have 115,323 live ads up and running.

According to the job poster, 37,681 of those are exciting jobs. That’s a case for libel surely? Noone believes 13 of the working community think their jobs are exciting. Satisfying. sure. But exciting?

60,951 are great. So, more than half. 

9,222 are fantastic. Come on now. Professional steak tester or couch reviewer would be fantastic but not Mid-tier Accountant as one ad claimed.

13,757 want a team-player. What else are there? 

14,249 like autonomous workers. No, I prefer someone following me around all day.

8,318 are outright amazing jobs. Amazing means causing great surprise or wonder. You actually wouldn’t want someone struck by wonder at work- hard to land that plane in a state of wonder.

Anyone who reads my posts knows I ain’t no grammar nazi.  Words should retain some semblance of their meaning.

It’s like everyone sites down to bang out 800 words about a job all subconsciously agree to write literally anything to fill up that space. Work has to be talked of in a virtual state of awe- a family of true believers that great each day the sun comes up with a smile due to the importance of the coming working day. No wonder people look at some ads and think nope. Got the skills but not that level of passion

We hope our jobs are good, we earn a fair wage or probably a bit more and the people around us are decent. Sure there are moments of great or fantastic but all the time abundance of ecstatic working would be quite jarring.

When talking to a mate about a job, who actually says these words to describe a job? Don’t think I have ever said autonomous aloud ever. I’ve written it a bunch though.

Maybe it’s the size of the job ad- when you pay $350 guess you gotta fill it up. What you really need to say takes a couple of sentences and a link to the company but literally, you are not getting bang for your buck.

Here is another Onya www.onya.me company commandment. No business cliche job ads. Write it like you’d say it over a cuppa. We are going to tell all our companies that pretend you are asking a mate for a referral so keep it brief, and keep it real. 

FYI One ad said Shit, but I think they meant Shift. The same ad asked for applicants to put Dog in the Subject line of the email to check they had read the whole thing. Clever.