Who knows what this means?

by K B , updated on May 11, 2013

One of my clients recently applied for a job in the public sector.

The position description said: “Building effective communication strategies with a variety of stakeholders and colleagues to ensure information exchanges are timely, accurate and useful.”

It’s almost impossible to write a good application responding to language like this. It says a lot but means nothing. The only way to understand such cloudy descriptions is to actually try to speak with someone who knows about the job. In the public sector that may not be the person who is handing out the application packs. So ask for the convener or the person the role reports to.

Ten points and a big jam doughnut to anyone who could guess that this statement actually meant: “providing advice to staff and students on the status of their research applications.”


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