Thursday, March 25, 2010

Why you have to spell everything out.

Today I was surfing one of the web pages of one of my web services providers. For some reason I clicked on their employment openings. I read a few of the descriptions and could not believe of what their HR person had to write to describe an open job.
Things sure have changed from the last time I looked for a job. I have highlighted some of the words that I found interesting. Or better yet, I am surprised that you have to spell everything out for the applicant I guess so that some lawyer doesn'tt sue the employer for not letting the employee know that what they wanted was someone who knew how to read etc......

    Candidate should have a proven record of successful telephone sales. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their experience in consistently making 45+ outbound calls per day. The ideal candidate must be results driven with a passion to excel. Candidate must have excellent organizational and time management skills. This position requires a person to consultatively sell XXXXXXX services to our existing Customer base. Computer literacy in MS Office suite is a must. Must be self-motivated and have the ability to perform well under pressure and against aggressive goals and deadlines in an entrepreneurial/start-up environment.

    Must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to use HANDS AND ARMS AND TALK OR HEAR.

    The employee requires dexterity in using telephone, computer keyboard, mouse and calculator while seated at a desk. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk and sit. The employee may frequently move to interact with fellow employees and/or clients. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

    COMMUNICATION SKILLS: While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to read and comprehend instructions, correspondence and memos. The employee requires the ability to write effective and detailed correspondence and to effectively present information both in one-on-one and small group situations.

    MENTAL DEMANDS: While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to deal with stress associated with a fast-paced work environment and multiple priorities/tasks. The employee will be required to make judgment decisions and adapt to changing work situations, grasp and apply new ideas, communicate with various personalities at all levels and have the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed instructions.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT: While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to work in an office environment, and the noise level is usually quiet to moderate.

What happened to persons who knew that this was a normal part of working for someone?????


  1. probably because most kids now, cannot do all the above.

  2. Jerry is right. A related item: I read something recently by a drill instructor in one of the armed services. He said young people they get now have never had anybody in their lives tell them to do something and then made them do it.

  3. I like the one where the employee will have to deal with stress now and then....
    HA! if they only knew what stress was working for people in the 60, 70's and 80's before feelgood society took hold.....

  4. I believe the HR director is well aware that a very specific job description might discourage those from applying who would otherwise be able to keep their job (ie paycheck!)without fulfilling the ACTUAL responsibilities because they are otherwise considered disabled and, accordingly, protected by our famous Americans with Disabilities Act. Vision, motion, thinking abilities would need to be demonstrated to the employer before being hired. This is just another sign of the times; can't assume things like we used to.

  5. I like the mental demands paragraph. I would surmise that it was written because someone complained that the job had too much stress or they had to answer two ringing telephones at the same time.