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[Podcast] What does that job posting really mean?

Updated: Sep 3, 2023

In the latest episode of What is Wrong with Hiring, Laura Klein and I talk about how to make sense of job postings so you can answer the most important question during your job search:


Is this a job I can do, and do I want to apply?


It's not always possible to accurately interpret fit, team dynamics, company maturity, and organizational culture based solely on a job description. Sometimes it's painfully obvious that you'd be walking into a dumpster fire, and other times you really just can't tell and need to explore further. Even the best ones are a bit confusing, and the worst are pretty much just bad fiction.


If you are baffled by the different titles, levels, code words, and meaningless jargon, tune in for some tips for how to figure out what you're even applying for, and how to identify the red, green, yellow, and checkered flags.


Plus a special cameo from our producer, Adonis!


And as the ever wise Laura has already taught us with her 2022 Reddit-famous tweet, we should be very skeptical of companies that describe themselves as a family.


🎙 Listen here or on your favorite podcast app.


Screenshot of a tweet from January 2rd, 2022 from Laura Klein. It says "If your boss tells you your team at work is "like family" that means you can scream "YOU'RE NOT MY REAL MOM" and storm out every time they ask you to do anything." It has 621 retweets, 22 quote tweets, and 3.5k likes.



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