4 messages that job postings send talent by mistake



Erin Kissane of Knight-Mozilla OpenNews recently took an informal survey on Twitter with a simple question:

The answers, which Kissane logged in Storify, were insightful and addressed quite a few topics. Some of these things employers may be communicating on purpose. Some, not so much.

"Get ready for long hours"

Good help can be hard to find, but implying that a job requires 80-hour weeks can spook talent. If that's what you want, so be it, but be careful and be upfront. Buzzwords like "ping pong" or talking up the in-office perks can make it seem like you expect people to live at the office.








"We're looking for bros that like to rage"

Again, you probably aren't saying this on purpose. But language matters, and potential applicants are reading into your words to get an idea of the internal culture.


"That the ends justify the means"

Business is competitive, but try not to sound like you're going to get ahead by any means necessary. Enthusiasm is good. So is a bit of humanity.

Salary requirements

Money is an inevitable and necessary topic when it comes to hiring, but maybe don't demand a number out of the gate. It can come off as an attempt to push down wages.







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