Jobs you really don't want


Words matter. Politicians know it. Lawyers who draw up contracts know it. And people writing classified ads, know it.

A few friends of mine are looking for jobs, and so I've been thinking lately about how rough a world it is in the land of classified ads. Obviously, even though the consensus among many experts seems to be that the best jobs come from referrals and networking, there are occasionally gems in the newspaper want ads and online job sites. But at the same time, there are a lot of words that sound good, until you decipher the double meaning behind them. So in the interest of any career hunters out there, especially if you're new to the job market, I thought I'd provide a public service and offer my handy-dandy list of watchwords that should make any job seeker wary.

Self starter: Be willing to start with nothing but amaze us, anyway; and for money that the rest of the staff and your employer would never work for.