What the "New" Job-Lingo Really Means

Are you looking for work? Do you read the classifieds? Send out résumés (CV's)? Go to interviews?

If so, you need to know what companies are actually looking for when they place those classified ads. It helps to know key words or terms that they use, and what they really mean, because what you see is not always what you get. 

This is the current "job-lingo" or language that employers use. It can help you to prepare  accordingly. 

"JOIN OUR FAST-PACED COMPANY": We have no time to train you. 

"CASUAL WORK ATMOSPHERE": We don't pay enough to expect that you'll dress up.

"MUST BE DEADLINE ORIENTED": You'll be six months behind schedule on your first day. 

"SOME OVERTIME REQUIRED": Some time each night and some time each weekend. 

"DUTIES WILL VARY": Anyone in the office can boss you around.

"MUST HAVE AN EYE FOR DETAIL": We have no quality control. 

"CAREER-MINDED": Female Applicants must be childless (and remain that way).

"NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE": We've filled the job; our call for resumes is just a legal formality. 

"SEEKING CANDIDATES WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE": You'll need it to replace three people who just left. 

"PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS A MUST": You're walking into a company in perpetual chaos. 

"REQUIRES TEAM LEADERSHIP SKILLS": You'll have the responsibilities of a manager, without the pay or respect. 

"GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS": Management communicates, you listen, figure out what they want, and do it.


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