Milkround launch jargon decoder

Milkround launch jargon decoder


Milkround has launched the Job Jargon Decoder, a unique tool to help decipher the often off-putting, fancy linguistics surrounding job adverts. The Jargon Decoder offers clarity on SLA and DOE’s for budding candidates, to offering guidance for employers seeking the best talent.

Surveys have repeatedly found that workers and managers alike hate jargon, which results in feelings of mistrust, frustration, and alienation. But when it comes to the ever-increasing flood of jargon in job advertisements, its effects can be even more noxious.

Milkround’s study of 2,000 recent graduates found that 71% of people can be discouraged from applying for jobs because of jargon. So people won’t be hired for positions they might excel in, and companies are failing to attract talent by communicating their needs in a cryptic way.

The survey showed that 64% feel that they can’t apply for a role if they don’t understand every part of the job description. Nearly half of respondents (47%) said they had gone to an interview without fully understanding what the job entailed.

More than half of applicants feel stressed, anxious, and nervous during job interviews. Such negative emotions are more common for women, who are significantly more likely than men (59% versus 46%) to feel stressed.

Research shows that jargon in job adverts discourages, confuses, annoys, and intimidates candidates. Some jobseekers respond by filling their applications with jargon in turn, even if they don’t understand what it means, so creating a vicious circle of mutual bafflement.

Three-quarters of respondents think that job-ads can be deliberately ambiguous or vague — using jargon to avoid saying precisely what is wanted. 75% would prefer adverts to be written in plain English in the first place.

For the study Milkround scanned over 32,000 job adverts posted in the last two years against a master list of the 83 worst examples of jargon. The result was that, on average, every job-ad contains 4.1 examples of jargon.

They ranked 26 industries according to the prevalence of jargon in their job adverts. The worst-behaving sector was PR, with an impressive average of 4.7 jargon terms per advert. The industry with the lowest rate of jargon, meanwhile, was construction (3.2).

Georgina Brazier at Milkround says, “Our research shows the need for businesses to offer concise information and clarity so top talent isn’t put off by jargon, abbreviations and buzz-phrases. Gone are the days of limited characters within a newspaper job ad. Employers have the scope to include clear outlines and expectations, offering budding candidates full details of the role on offer.”

“In response to the need for clarity, Milkround has created the Jargon Decoder to offer support to candidates needing guidance in navigating job ads and guidance for employers to provide clear, concise adverts.”

View the jargon buster here

Thursday, 22 August 2019

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