Question of the day: What is the worst thing you have seen included in a job description?

In follow up to today's RBC Daily:

You have to be mindful of the information you add in a job description. Clients and hiring managers might be clear with recruiters on exactly what they are looking for in a 'good' fit, but that does not mean such information should be part of your marketing efforts. One Connecticut based healthcare staffing firm learned this the hard way yesterday as Onward Healthcare agreed to pay $100,000 in civil penalties in a settlement reached with the U.S. Justice Department. They were accused of placing job ads that limited response to U.S. Citizens only. This is clearly a wrong practice as the Immigration and Nationality Act prevents organizations from discriminating on the basis of citizenship. A good reminder to keep your information focused on the actual opportunity and skills required for the role with less emphasis on the window dressing.


Question of the day: What is the worst thing you have seen included in a job description?

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The worst I've seen related to a job description are Want Ads that say to qualify you...

 

"MUST BE CURRENTLY EMPLOYED, NO EXCEPTIONS."

 

And,

 

 There are funnier things but these are among the worst things.

Never in a job ad, but in a candidate's job description

"Mentally Retarded Social Worker"

The implications are endless, obviously she was a social worker that worked with mentally challenged people; however, that wasn't what the title implied.

"client is looking for 'window dressing' "...this means a young cute girl to stand around the front and look pretty! 

I like the physical requirements for a desk job.

Last week I had a job description that let me know that candidates for the programmer position needed to have "dexterous thumbs"

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