Proposal re use of words "exciting" and "fantastic" in job postings
Thread poster: Robert Forstag

Robert Forstag  Identity Verified
United States
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Dec 2, 2011

I hereby propose that the words "exciting" and "fantastic" in postings on the Jobs Board be limited to those opportunities that offer a rate of at least three times the average. And for each exclamation point used, this requirement should be increased by an increment of one.

Or do the people who write such copy really believe that the prospect of doing tedious, routine tasks at below-average rates really constitutes an "exciting" and "fantastic" opportunity for anyone except the most naive and deluded?

[Edited at 2011-12-02 13:28 GMT]


 

Michael Grant
Japan
Local time: 01:32
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Agreed! Dec 2, 2011

Robert Forstag wrote:

I hereby propose that the words "exciting" and "fantastic" in postings on the Jobs Board be limited to those opportunities that offer a rate of at least three times the average. And for each exclamation point used, this requirement should be increased by an increment on one.

Or do the people who write such copy really believe that the prospect of doing tedious, routine tasks at below-average rates really constitutes an "exciting" and "fantastic" opportunity for anyone except the most naive and deluded?


HAHAHAHA!!! I concur, good sir!

Say listen, I have this fabulous opportunity for you...

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Claudia Cherici  Identity Verified
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How true Dec 2, 2011

Robert, I'm with you on this (I was just about to add an exclamation point but then thought better of it...)

 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Such as this one? Dec 2, 2011




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Alison Sabedoria  Identity Verified
France
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Useful as alarm bells Dec 2, 2011

Tom Sawyer offering his friends the "opportunity" to whitewash the fence springs to mind.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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One born Dec 2, 2011

Robert Forstag wrote:

... do the people who write such copy really believe that the prospect of doing tedious, routine tasks at below-average rates really constitutes an "exciting" and "fantastic" opportunity for anyone except the most naive and deluded?


Unfortunately, it seems they do. And lamentably, it seems that in many cases they are right.


 

Erik Freitag  Identity Verified
Germany
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Alarm bells Dec 2, 2011

Wordeffect wrote:

Tom Sawyer offering his friends the "opportunity" to whitewash the fence springs to mind.



My thoughts exactly: These words appearing in job descriptions are very useful alarm bells.


 

Steffen Walter  Identity Verified
Germany
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Absolutely Dec 2, 2011

efreitag wrote:

Wordeffect wrote:

Tom Sawyer offering his friends the "opportunity" to whitewash the fence springs to mind.



My thoughts exactly: These words appearing in job descriptions are very useful alarm bells.


The louder the marketing claims ("shouting"), the lower the likelihood that something reasonable or worthwhile is being advertised.


 


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