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How to decode job ads

With Georgia's unemployment rate remaining above 10%, the highest rate in decades, as a public service to job seekers, I am offering list of explanations on what commonly used terms in job postings really mean.


Unlimited income potential – pays straight commission


Flex time – prepare to work crazy hours and weekends


Seniority based – you start at the bottom, regardless of experience


Telecommute – you’ll have to work at home too!


The successful applicant will… - if this isn’t on your resume, don’t bother


Some travel required – prepare to live out of your suitcase


Marketing – sales


Pay commensurate with experience – we’ll pay you as little as we can get away with


Some benefits – not many


Health plan – band-aids and Tylenol are available in the employee lounge


Inside marketing – telephone sales


Opportunities for advancement – high employee turnover


Retirement plan – we pay into Social Security for you


Independent contractor – no benefits, not even Social Security


Entry level – low pay


Internship – no pay


Rapidly growing company – prepare to work long hours and do more than you get paid for


Established company – not growing and nearly bankrupt


Good customer service skills – someone who doesn’t scream at the customers


Great customer service skills – someone who doesn’t ignore the customers


Outstanding customer service skills – someone who actually is nice to the customers


People person - flirt


Outside marketing – door-to-door sales


Investment opportunity – you pay us to work for us


Bilingual – Hablas espanol?


Work at home – rip off


Producer – sales


Computer skills – you need to know more than how to get on Facebook and play World of Warcraft


Account manager – sales


Part-time – partial paycheck


Full-time – 60+ hour weeks


Receptionist – answer phones, type, file, make coffee, make copies, pick up dry cleaning, watch the boss’s kids, set up tee times, and make excuses for the boss (among other things)


Field representative – sales


Experienced – laid off by our competitors


Must have reliable transportation. – Don’t even think about missing work.


Management experience – good at telling people where to go


Nursing assistant – change bedpans


Pilot – able to sit for long periods and push buttons


Agent – sales


Motivated – able to look busy


Send resume. Do not apply in person. – Don’t call us. We’ll call you.


Now get out there and jump into the job market! Good luck with your job search and if feel free to post your own tips at reading employment ads here.


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