The cut and paste generation hit recruitment

As longer term readers here will know, I am desperately trying to find work. That means I spend many hours each week looking at job vacancies and advertisements.

I am getting increasingly irritated by the lack of attention paid to writing. This is not an old duffer complaining about text speak. Rather I am someone who thinks the English language is beautiful and nothing beats carefully crafted prose.

However, I wonder what the clients of these recruitment agencies would say if they saw these howlers?

A bad advertisement means a bad website. Why? It is like employing a sales-person for your business who is not only bad at their job and representating your company or organisation, but they are also working against you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

applicants-who-have-experience-of-applicants

The excerpt above looks like a cut & paste job to me. Not only that, but a multiple cut & paste.

another-field-engineers

I couldn’t help but wonder if this one was an autocorrect error. Is it one field engineer you will work alongside, or are there multiple engineers.

can-you-wrote

This one was a howler considering it was for an editing role. I can certainly write appealing marketing content, but ‘wrote’? What tense are we dealing with here?

contact-form-embed-code

This is definitely a cut & paste job and the text within the square brackets gives it away. Contact Form 7 is a plugin used in WordPress based websites to allow people, predictably enough, to contact the site operators. So I suspect the text for this job advert has been copied directly from the editor within a WordPress site. Only problem was, it was posted in its entirety into an advert.

expending-ambulance-service

I would have hoped this team was ‘expanding’ if they were recruiting.

on-a-monthly-what

On a monthly what? On a monthly cycle? On a monthly basis?

no-contact-means-successful

This is my favourite. If I don’t hear back from the recruiter within 5 days, I have got the job? Does it constitute a job offer if they don’t get back to you? That could cause problems.

Ok, so I am having a little fun here. 🙂

We can all make mistakes and at times we all do. However, sloppily written job advertisements present organisations in a very bad light that could also reflect badly on clients.

However, sloppily written job advertisements present organisations in a very bad light that could also reflect badly on clients.

That is one reason why skilled copywriters are essential in web content creation.

 

Update:

Apparently, there is a new unit of area called ‘m2’. I always thought we used ‘m²’. Don’t cut and paste if you don’t know how to type a superscript. 🙂

No such measure as M2

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