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4 Job Description Buzzwords That You Need to Pay Attention To
Fact: You cana��t really know what ita��s like to work somewhere until you experience it. But, job searches take up a lot of time for both you and the company, and thata��s why everyone involved wants to make sure ita��ll be a good match.
Which is why ita��s not helpful that, at the same time, everyonea��s a salesman. What I mean is: Youa��re both trying to put your very best foot forward, and as a result, some things can getA�lost in translation.
So, you might say, a�?Ia��m a fast learner,a�? as code for a�?I dona��t actually know that skill, but I could pick it up.a�? Similarly, the hiring manager might say youa��ll have the opportunity to direct your own work, which couldA�translate two ways. Maybe it means youa��ll have plenty of autonomy and a supportive boss. Or maybe it means she has no idea what youa��ll actually be doing.
Thankfully, there are common buzzwords people use to describe work environments that can be pretty telling. Just like a a�?cozya�? apartment is going to be small, you can be on the lookout for the four buzzwords belowa��and based on your work style, have a sense whether this environment will be a good fit for you.
As youa��d imagine this means therea��s a lot happening at once. Beyond that it suggests youa��ll be going from one project to the next without a lot of time to sit back and reflect. So, ita��s a good fit for someone whoa��s easily bored or task-driven.
On the other hand, a focus on speed (a.k.a., a�?done is better than perfecta�?) could be stressful for perfectionists. It could also be hard on people who dislike multitasking. If you want time to ideate and reflect without the pressure to hit close deadlines, look for aA�work environmentA�thata��s described as relaxed.
This is the word youa��re looking for if youa��re a big thinker who wants to be able to contribute ideas across the spectrum. It suggests that everyonea��s given a chance, and youa��ll have more access and opportunities based on ideas, rather than seniority.
But, a company with this kind of environment could drive you crazy if you thrive on having a clear, top-down structure (one boss who gives you assignments) or if youa��re a mid or senior-level professional who doesna��t really enjoy working with people with less experience. Then, you prefer a hierarchical system.
Do you want to makeA�friends at work? If so, say if youa��re new in towna��or just appreciate being able to hang out with your colleagues inside and outside the officea��a social workplace could be just what youa��re looking for.
On the other hand, you wona��t be happy there if youa��re the kind of person whoa��s 100% focused on work. This environment could be challenging if it seems like people who socialize after hours move ahead, and thata��s not you. Not to mention, if you dona��t like whatever activity everyone partakes in (playing sports, drinking alcohol, or participating in a religious practice), you could be uncomfortable. Look for a place with an emphasis on individual worka��and people who want to leave at quitting time.
In a rapidly-growing department, ita��s easier for you to evolve your position and boost your resume quickly. If you see words like a�?startup,a�? a�?inaugural,a�? or a�?changing,a�? youa��ll probably get to stretch and take on new things. Youa��ll want to be someone whoa��s excited by the prospect of working without a roadmap, and OK with a little uncertainty.
Ita��s less for you if you want the comfort and security that come with a well-established role. If you want to follow the systems a predecessor put in place and have your responsibilities match up exactly with what you signed on for, look for company thata��s described as stable.
Company culture varies from organization to organization, and thata��s not something you want to discount. Along with paying attention to the words used to describe work environment, dig in deeper and make a point to learn more during your interview.
Ask about what ita��s really like to work there, but keep in mind that therea��s no such thing asA� order clomid, order clomid. theA�ideal workplace. Thata��ll look different to everyone, based on their work styles and values.
So, be honest with yourself about what youa��re truly looking for. That way, you can put your research to good use and end up somewhere thata��s a good fit for you.