Friday, March 04, 2011

Unenthusiastic & underconfident

I heard today about an advert that had to be edited to remove the words 'enthusiastic' and 'confident' in relation to potential candidates. What do they want? Unenthusiastic and underconfident doctors?

6 Comments:

Blogger Saint Michael Come To Our Defense said...

Thank you for your letter of March 16.

After careful consideration, I
regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me an assistant professor position in your department.

This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually
large number of rejection letters.

With such a varied and promising field of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.

Despite Whitson's outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at this time.

Therefore, I will assume the position of assistant professor in your department this August.

I look forward to seeing you then.

Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.

*

5:43 AM  
Blogger Gregory the Eremite said...

My understanding is that these terms are intended by job advertisers to be ciphers for the word "young", thus implying that older candidates would not be welcome. Someone, somewhere has caught on to the trick...

8:40 AM  
Blogger Dilly said...

Enthusiastic=gung-ho and willing to work stupid hours leaving oneself prone to making errors but...
confident=egotistical borderline sociopath unable to admit errors

5:27 PM  
Blogger Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Makes you wonder!

8:37 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

Paulinus,

I was a recruitment consultant for three years, and once spoke to a company director whose only criterion for seeking a candidate was that they be 'hungry'. The conversation took place over a decade after the release of 'Wall Street'. I restrained myself from laughing.

Buzzwords such as the ones you describe are often used in job adverts, placed by those who have no idea what they want, as verbal and visual cement to keep the whole thing together; linguistic grouting for the foggy-minded. Not using them could be a clever way of weeding out the usual unsuitable hopefuls.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Point taken Martin

11:35 PM  

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