(Bad) Example of a Job Advert

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 - Example of a Job Advert


(Bad) Example of a Job Advert

Sometimes you look at things, and think: “Bet they lost their job as a result of doing that!” A friend on social media told me to have a look at a job advert posted on Reed.co.uk recently by Croydon-based recruiter Operations Resources, which is one of the worst Example of a Job Advert that I have seen in a while.

However, from the Job Seekers point of view, there are some really usefull lessons here, and that is the purpose of this post.

Now, if you just read the headline and the pay level, and then simply Click To Apply, then you definitely didn’t read the rest of the job advert! If you are one of the eight people who did apply, then either go back now and withdraw your application, or don’t read this blog post any further.

NB: if you don’t like expletives or bad language, or are under 16years of age, then you should NOT read this blog post any further. I have left the actual job advert text “as is”, complete with 4-letter words and all spelling mistakes. You have been warned!

Recruiters purposefully LIE in Job Adverts

The recruiter who wrote the job advert can not have wanted anyone to ever see it, let alone their contract employer client. The opening reads:

My client are a massive bunch of indecisive twats who like to think of themselves as being better than they actually are. They are now looking for likeminded twats to join them. You will be arrogant and have a high level of self importance, along with a real desire to rip customers off to make lots of money.

I’m pretty sure that they didn’t write that job advert in a good place of mind for themselves, their employer client or any prospective job applicants!

However, putting aside the 4-letter words, there is some truth of the general recruitment market contained within the rest of the job advert. If you strip away the bravado, its actually accurate of many job seekers experiences:

You will be responsible for selling to customers things they don’t need, at grossley inflated prices. Salary on offer is £18-22,000, although at interview my client will tell you that you can achieve manager status in 2-3 years with a salary of £35k plus, however this is rubbish as the same idiots have been managing the same branches for many years.

I always say to job seekers, that it is not the title and salary that you want to focus on, but the skills that the job gives you and the total package of remuneration. But as a recruiter, I know that most job seekers do their first-pass “Apply or not” choice on those two things: title and salary.

So when taking a new recruitment brief, and especially when marketing it, while most recruiters will test a market (possibly with two or more job adverts), many others will “adjust” – OK, down right lie – about what their employer-client has on offer to get a better quality of job applicant through the door.

Truths about Job Application

Secondly, there are some nice truths about job interviews:

They will interview you and make it sound that they’re keen on you, then arrange a second interview at which you will think you’ve done really well, however, your feedback will be, “not for us” which will be really helpful to us in indentifying more suitable candidates and to you in understanding why you didn’t get the job.

In the 5 Steps To Employment, people often ask: “Ian, why does step5 Negotiation exist? Surely are the job applicant, you just sign the contract on offer?”

As a recruiter and trained negotiator, I know that not to be true. Businesses want best value, and even if they are happy at a defined level, well they think, why not try to get them on board for a bit less? Secondly you as the job applicant can always find soft areas of negotiation: time scale, training, development, mentoring, allowances, agreed reviews, better car, more healthcare, etc. Once you start pulling the negotiation string, you may be quite surprised that while the pay is fixed in most corporates, almost everything else is not – and even under spent in many cases, looking for spenders.

Lessons from this Example of a Job Advert

What can job seekers learn from this what I see as an “I’m frustrated and want to take it out on this job advert” job advert?

  1. Firstly, read below the total and salary. We always suggest that you read the job advert three times, and then take a printout before you even think about applying
  2. Secondly, ignoring the frustration in the top third, there’s some truth in the second two thirds. Both recruiters and employers will adjust job titles and headline packages to attract a better quality of candidate
  3. Thirdly, the job is not secured until the Contract of Employment is signed

So, there you have it: the (really dumb  and bad) Example of a Job Advert, that also happens to be truthful, insightful and educational for the Job Seeker.

Good Luck!

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