Thought I was done with all my work today before I realized I hadn’t updated here. Ah, the life of a writer who also runs five websites for friends (for free, I’ll add).
Gotta admit, finding work is hard today. So the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, who is seeking a very odd individual to be an investigative journalist, just posted this ad. Here it is below, in all its glory:
If you’re the type of sicko who likes holing up in a tiny, closed office with reporters of questionable hygiene to build databases from scratch by hand-entering thousands of pages of documents to take on powerful people and institutions that wish you were dead, all for the glorious reward of having readers pick up the paper and glance at your potential prize-winning epic as they flip their way to the Jumble… well, if that sounds like journalism Heaven, then you’re our kind of sicko.”
That is the way to get people to apply for your job: make it interesting. Seriously, have you read some of the job requirements out there these days? Unless you have a book that is up-to-date with job-searcher buzzword explanations, half the time you’re staring at it and wondering if you’re qualified at being an “astute observer of the transitional workplace environment who is willing to follow instructions in ground-breaking discoveries” when they really mean “we need someone we can boss around and send on lunch runs to Szechuan Chinese Buffet every day without getting lost”.
You know, I think they should be a little more descriptive in their ads and a little less buzzwordy. I’m certain that HR people pomp up their ads just to show that yes, they listen to buzzwords and yes, they are important too!
…I think the modern day HR department is the reason people use buzzwords.