BAD Examples of Want-Ads w/ Easy Fixes


I know…I’m off on a tangent today! So you can either ‘x’ out or come along for the ride! LOL

For anyone out there who thinks I’m being ‘too hard’ or ‘too picky’ about whatever job I eventually end up with I want to present the following in my defense. This ad was posted to Craig’s List on May 15, 2012 and I REALLY want to apply for it. I KNOW I can do this job. See if you can sense what stops me from doing so.

Secretary – Part-time (New London)
Date: 2012-05-15, 1:12PM EDT
Reply to:
Part-time (15-20 hours per week) secretary needed for busy downtown law office. MUST be able to work with computers, scanners, emails, and the like. This is a PAPERLESS office. Hours are flexible; but, must be spread over more than two days. This is a friendly, congenial office, with a pleasant working environment. Duties will include responding to phone calls, mailings, delivery of documents, and scanning documents. The successful applicant MUST be able to work with advancing technologies. In order to be considered, you MUST email your scanned resume in PDF form, with salary requirements to this posting.

END AD

OK, if you can tell me the ONE truly major PROBLEM with this ad raise your hand.

One, two, three, four…wow! You guys & gals are smart!

Before we go any further, for the rest of you, NO ONE who qualifies as ‘computer literate’ NEEDS to SCAN a WORD file BEFORE turning it into a PDF file. No one. Not to mention, most of us don’t have scanners at home. We’re already COMPLETELY PAPERLESS and have little to no need for an at-home scanner. No ready access to fulfill the requirement means that many Perfect Prospective Applicants will not even apply for the job. OR, worse yet, they will think the employer is so stupid (and a tad arrogant) as to not even bother.

Any-hoo….Let’s review the rest of the ad; it’s pretty obvious this employer may have, somehow, been burned by their last employee. For that we feel sorry for them. BUT the Perfect Prospective Applicant is not at fault so kindly don’t start out in a defensive tone.

The part about it being a “friendly” and “congenial” office is put in because…it’s not. If it was you wouldn’t have to be told that. They WANT it to be it just isn’t. This goes along with anything that says, ya know, “can do it all with a smile”.

Employer’s here’s a free tip: Whether or not things in your office/place of business are ‘done with a smile’ and your staff is ‘friendly’ and ‘congenial’ depends solely on the rate of pay and the quality of the working environment. That includes the quality of your clientele. If those things are in line with each other, your employee with want to come to work. They will come everyday with a genuine, not a forced, smile. They will do their job to the best of their ability, no matter how busy it gets, and they will eat a lot of crap from you–intentionally dished out or not.

So Good Pay + Quality Work Environment=Happy Smiling Employee

So try this;

Secretary/Receptionist – Part-time (New London)
Date: 2012-05-15, 1:12PM EDT
Reply to:
Looking for Secretary/Receptionist for downtown New London Law Office. Position is part-time, 15-20 hours per week, preferably Monday-Friday 9am to 1pm but will work with the right candidate. In compliance with the new procedures for filing with the Connecticut Court System, we are going paperless. The person we are looking for should be proficient with the use of; computers, scanners, emails, and the like. Daily responsibilities to include; responding to phone calls, mailings, delivery of documents, and scanning documents. Please e-mail your resume in PDF format only to the address above along with your salary requirements and availability.

END AD

Here’s another one:
Front Desk Receptionist
Date: 2012-05-15, 10:58AM EDT
Reply to:
We are looking for a super star front desk receptionist that can do it all. Greet patients, answer phones, book appointments, take payments etc. and do it accurately and with a smile. Must be reliable, self-directed and friendly. Strong prior work history preferred. Monday , Wednesday and Friday 8:30 to 6 and half day Tuesday or Thursday. Approximately 30 hours per week. Long term position. Outstanding career opportunity. Please email resume and cover letter.

END AD

What does that ad say to you?

To me it says; we are looking for some to WORK THEIR ASS OFF FOR US. We are looking for a BEAST OF BURDEN. We want an INDENTURED SLAVE.

Employers here’s a clue; anyone who considers THEMSELVES to be a ‘super star’ is probably NOT the type of person you want working for you. Just a tip. Take it for what it’s worth.

There’s that “smile” thing again….job hunters always always always see that as “Danger Will Robinson, Danger, Danger”.

The Perfect Prospective Employee, for which there isn’t for this job! Reads that, does the math, and immediately understands there is NO lunch on those 9.5 hour days. NO break. Connecticut State Labor Laws dictate that if one works 8 hours or more in ANY ONE DAY they are entitled to; 1/2 hour lunch, 1 fifteen minute break, and 1 ten minute break. Just so you know. The fact that they put in things like ‘great career opportunity’ and ‘long term position’ let the experienced job hunter know they may not be able to keep someone in the position for any length of time. If that’s the case then there’s something wrong with the boss not with the job.

If I had to re-write this ad it might read;

Front Desk Receptionist
Date: 2012-05-15, 10:58AM EDT
Reply to:
Professional Front Desk person needed to; Greet patients, answer phones, book appointments, take payments etc. We are looking for someone who works well on their own, without direction, and who has a strong prior work history. Monday , Wednesday and Friday 8:30 to 6 and half day Tuesday or Thursday. Approximately 30 hours per week. Please email resume and cover letter.

END AD

Hummmm….is there a job out there for ‘Job Posters’? You know, a Ghost Writer to “Word YOUR Ad Successfully to Lure the Right Person for Your Job”. Do you think there’s any money in that? I’m telling you A LOT people posting could use a good ‘word coach’ or something like that. I think there may be a niche in there that needs filling because there seems to be some vast ‘failure to communicate’ properly.

All right I’m done…for now. Nikki and Nate are here, it’s time to back outside and enjoy the remainder of the sunshine on this lovely evening. We’re having smoked pork and brisket!

Tomorrow, I’ll cruise the Want-Ads again.

About lbdarling

Beware...the truth is spoken here. If you can't handle that...buh-bye.

Posted on 20/05/2012, in Life and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This kind of reminds me of all the times my parents would go looking at houses when we’d move. The photos were so horrible. My mother would always would have to take pictures of the things that really mattered in the house. Not the photo they put on the site of a cabinet door, or the top corner of a room.

    There were several places I never applied for because of misspelled words, the fact that they obviously didn’t proof read at all. They were offices, mostly medical. If you can’t take another minute or two to proof read a short blurb, then I don’t hold out much hope for your offices.

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