6 Common Phrases You’ll Find In Job Ads And What They Mean

July 13, 2021

See, you can’t lose focus when you’re job hunting. I swear I’m not pulling stuff out of my ass (I may be, but that’s not the point) , but every word you find in a job ad has an underlying meaning. Not that you asked me but as a labour of love, I’ve broken some of them down for you.

1. “Competitive Salary”

“Hm, we know you’re chasing the bag and we try our best to pay our employees, but the Naira is shit. Whatever we offer you, take it like that.”

Depending on who your potential employer is, it could also mean:

“Most people in Nigeria are underpaid. You’re not special. Come and work, my friend.”

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2. “Flexible hours”

“LMAO. We don’t mean flexible for you. You don’t have a life anymore. Say your goodbyes and let’s get this party started. “

3. “Highly competitive environment”

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You don enter am. If you’re not burned out, are you really working?

4. “We are a family”

“We are a company and a business, really. We’re selling you this bobo dream, so you will do your best work for us.”

5. “X years experience”

“What we’re asking for is unreasonable for this job level, but everyone else is doing it. If you like, don’t apply.”

6. “20 days paid leave”

“Yes, we know you should go on leave. But who will do your work while you’re away? You don’t want the business to suffer, do you?”

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