WorkWise BlogTip: Common phrases in ads can be telling

culp@workwise.netJuly 7, 2013 


JR Rodrigues, who collects jokes in the public domain, indicates that ads have hidden meanings ( For example, “energetic self-starter” is less about personality and more about a commission-only job. “Entry-level position” Rodrigues says clues you into a future of “the lowest wages allowed by law.”

When an ad asks for experience, it tells you that no one in your new environment knows anything about your job, Rodrigues says. The phrase “fast learner” means to forget any training.

If the ad offers flexible work hours, get ready for overtime, he advises. Lots of it. Expect to file if it calls for “good organizational skills” or spend lots of time on the telephone, even cold-calling, if it refers to extensive client contact. “Planning and coordinating” tells you you’ll make travel arrangements for your boss.

Don’t preen yourself if you see “quick problem-solver.” That signals working on projects that aren’t meeting deadlines. Expect to be documenting the tiniest details and writing letters until your fingers fall off if it asks for strong communication skills.

Watch for common phrases. They tell you that the person writing the ad and perhaps even the employer don’t understand the job and don’t communicate well.

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