Erin Kissane of Knight-Mozilla OpenNews recently took an informal survey on Twitter with a simple question:
Straw poll: If you’re a woman or minority in your field, what language turns you away from job descriptions? Language that feels inviting?
— Erin Kissane (@kissane) November 14, 2014
See also: 10 Reasons Why I Ignored Your Resume
The answers, which Kissane logged in Storify, were insightful and addressed quite a few topics. Some of these things employers may be communicating on purpose. Some, not so much.
“Get ready for long hours”
Good help can be hard to find, but implying that a job requires 80-hour weeks can spook talent. If that’s what you want, so be it, but be careful and be upfront. Buzzwords like “ping pong” or talking up the in-office perks can make it seem like you expect people to live at the office. Read more…
Source: Mashable Business