Job Postings

Meaningless:

XXX is seeking a high-caliber, experienced YYY with proven research, development and application skills in the area of ZZZ. The selected candidate will have a track-record of creating innovative YYY solutions to industry business challenges. They will also enjoy working in a collaborative environment with multi-disciplinary research teams, service team, business unit and vendor partners, testing and applying new technologies for direct business impact.

So many job postings sound like this. Overly formal, clearly written by someone unfamiliar with the kind of work the sought-after employee would be doing, and filled with suggestive but vapid jargon.

Who does XXX think they will attract with this kind of language? I can think of two kinds of people who would sincerely respond, “Yes, that’s me!” to the above statements: unoriginal toadies and liars.

Plain English. Let’s use it.

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