Gargaro's World: What Job Ads Really Mean

July 6, 2009
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

With the U.S. unemployment rate hovering around 9 percent, there are a lot of good people out there looking for jobs. In addition, there are always people with jobs who are looking for new jobs. None of your employees I am sure, but they are out there.

Keeping that in mind, I thought I would share an e-mail that made it into my inbox this week. It helps job seekers understand what certain phrases they see in a job ad really mean. Hope this helps.

Competitive salary: We remain competitive by paying you less than our competition.

Join our fast-paced company: We have no time to train you.

Some overtime required: Some every night and some every weekend.

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

Must have an eye for detail: We have no quality assurance.

Career-minded: Female applicants must be childless (and remain that way).

Apply in person: If you’re old, fat, or ugly, you’ll be told that the position has been filled.

Seeking candidates with a wide variety of experience: You’ll need it to replace the three people who just quit.

Problem-solving skills a must: You’re walking into perpetual chaos.

Requires team leadership skills: You’ll have the responsibilities of a manager, without the pay or respect.

Good communication skills: Management communicates, you listen, figure out what they want, and do it.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

Recent Articles by Kyle Gargaro

You must login or register in order to post a comment.


August 21, 2009
I am printing this as we speak. My bosses try to be patient and understanding but as the only woman in my office and having four children at home, I'm sure their patience runs thin at times. This ought to get a laugh out of a few people I know. Thanks for sharing!



Image Galleries

2014 MCAA Annual Convention

Scenes from the 2014 MCAA Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz.


NEWSmakers: Julian Scadden

Training is an ongoing process. Julian will discuss how you can generate maximum return on time and energy invested training by following a three part process. Listen to this podcast to get expert tips on training, tracking and follow up. 

More Podcasts



NEWS 04-14-14 cover

2014 April 14

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe


Which statement on service calls best applies to your business?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con