Once in a while, something pops up online that is entirely unorthodox and a bit out of left field. This “avant-garde” take on a job description is exactly that. A little zany and unacceptable, it has defied our expectations of the performative qualities that a job description normally offers. You’d usually expect a job description to tediously lay out all of the things you might expect from a role but in a crap-coated manner of corporate speak that seeks to make light of all the terrible aspects.
Without fail, if a job offer requests that workers work well in a “fast-paced environment” then you know that you are going to be working in a team that is eternally understaffed and in conditions of chronic stress. If a job offers an “exciting” environment you know that you’re going to be working in one of hundreds of grey-cloth square cubicles doing the same thing every day for 40 hours a week with no hope of growth or career progression. Similarly, if a job describes a break room with a “kegerator and a ping pong table” you know that you’re going to be expected to work 60-hour weeks cold-calling sales leads for a startup that was founded on a half-baked idea. I could go on.
Digressing back to the topic at hand, this service desk
job description cut through all of that crap and, with a droll manner, provided an exact description of what a candidate should expect from this role. There’s no sugar coating here, what you see is what you get. As multiple commenters have pointed out, none of this should be an excuse for paying below a living wage, but at least this employer has got part of it figured out.
These screenshots were posted to Reddit’s r/antiwork subreddit by Reddit user u/8BitSmits in a thread titled “Well at least they’re honest…” In the short time since posting the thread has earned 11k upvotes and we expect to see that number continue to climb.
The most comment in the entire thread, in my opinion, was this one.
“This is a perfectly reasonable, well-written, and honest job description that combined a little humor with a fairly candid assessment of the role. I like that,” remarked SlothBasedRemedies. “But the pay is about half what it should be. You can’t joke your way out of paying a living wage.”