The Hidden Meaning of Recruitment Ads Reposted

There's a list of recruitment related phrases with a different interpretation that had been circulating the web since 2012. I've seen it over Yahoo! Answers, Facebook pages, and forums. I found them very interesting and rather hilarious. But there is a ring of truth to every post so I thought of reposting them. 

"Competitive salary rate" - We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors. 

In my experience, competitive pay is sometimes based on other factors, not just how much the competition pays, such as cost of living. For example, Makati call centers pay relatively higher than those from other areas like up north or down south of Metro Manila. 

"Duties will vary" - Anyone in the office can boss you around. 

What I think on the other hand is that your responsibilities will be different or more than what had been indicated in your contract.

"Join our dynamic company" - We have no time to train you.

In most cases, training is in theory anyway so you will be on your own when it comes to actual practice. 

"Casual working environment" - We don't pay enough to expect that you will dress up.

That's not entirely true. Even modest paying companies such as sales or commission based jobs may still require you to dress up. 

"Must be deadline oriented" - You will be 6 months behind on your first day.

This rarely happens and may be possible only in cases where a significant member of the company had left and there is a waiting period between hiring a replacement and making him start working for the role after training. 

The Hidden Meaning of Recruitment Ads

"Some overtime required" - Some time each night, some time each weekend.

I could relate. When I was working in the BPO industry, there were even instances of forced overtime of an hour per day for a whole week or longer. 

"Must have an eye for detail" - We have no quality control.

I see nothing wrong with being responsible for your own work. Writers, for one, need to proofread their own articles even if there are editors who would read it later on upon submission. 

"Seeking wide experience" - You will need to replace three people who just left.

There's what they call redundancy. One or more people being paid for tasks that a single person can actually accomplish alone. Sadly, this means being let go at work when you're made redundant. 

"Good communication skills" - Management communicates poorly, so you have to figure out what they want and do it.

I would prefer to work with minimal supervision instead of being micro managed. But that's just me. 

"Problem solving skills needed" - You are walking into a company in continual chaos.

There is no perfect company that doesn't have issues. You have to be always prepared to deal with problems. 

"Requires team leadership skills" - You will have the responsibilities of a manager without the pay or respect.

Sadly, this happens to many when their tasks fit the role of a manager or supervisor and yet their pay is nowhere close. 

So before you believe each job posting ad, make sure to read between the lines and understand the subtle meaning behind each post. 

More job related posts through the Payscale.com career news blog and the business blog
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