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    "ENTRY-LEVEL POSITION:" You'll be making under $7 an hour.

    "ENTRY-LEVEL POSITION IN AN UP-AND-COMING COMPANY:" You'll be making under $7 an hour; we'll be bankrupt in a year.

    "AN UP-AND-COMING SOFTWARE COMPANY:" We want you to get your hopes up, but there's no chance in hell we'll be the next Microsoft.

    "PROFIT-SHARING PLAN:" Once it's shared between the higher-ups, there won't be a profit.

    "COMPETITIVE SALARY:" We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors.

    "JOIN OUR FAST-PACED COMPANY:" We have no time to train you; you'll have to introduce yourself to your coworkers.

    "NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED LEADER:" Inc. Magazine wrote us up a few years ago, but we haven't done anything innovative since.

    "IMMEDIATE OPENING:" The person who used to have this job gave notice a month ago. We're just now running the ad.

    "SALES POSITION REQUIRING MOTIVATED SELF-STARTER:" We're not going to supply you with leads; there's no base salary; you'll wait 30 days for your first commission check.

    "SELF-MOTIVATED:" Management won't answer questions

    "WE OFFER GREAT BENEFITS:" After 90 days, you can join our HMO, which has a $500 deductible and a $25 co-pay.

    "PENSION/RETIREMENT BENEFITS:" After 3 years, we'll allow you to fund your own 401(k) and, if you behave, we'll give you a 5 percent matching contribution.

    "SEEKING ENTHUSIASTIC, FUN, HARD WORKING, PEOPLE:"...who still live with their parents and won't mind our internship-level salaries.

    "CASUAL WORK ATMOSPHERE:" We don't pay enough to expect that you'll dress up; well, a couple of the real daring guys wear earrings.

    "COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT:" We have a lot of turnover.

    "EXCITING AND PROFESSIONAL WORK ENVIRONMENT:" Guys in gray suits will bore you with tales of squash and their weekends on yachts.

    "JOIN OUR DYNAMIC TEAM:" We all listen to nutty motivational tapes.

    "FUN WORK ENVIRONMENT:" Your coworkers will be insulted if you don't drink with them.

    "A DRUG-FREE WORK ENVIRONMENT:" We booze it up at company parties.

    "MUST BE DEADLINE ORIENTED:" You'll be six months behind schedule on your first day.


    "SOME PUBLIC RELATIONS REQUIRED:" If we're in trouble, you'll go on TV and get us out of it.

    "SOME OVERTIME REQUIRED:" Some time each night and some time each weekend.

    "SALARY RANGE $24k-$32k:" We'll offer you $22k to start.

    "A HIGHLY VISIBLE POSITION:" You'll give boring speeches on your own time.

    "FLEXIBLE HOURS:" Work 40 hours; get paid for 25.

    "DUTIES WILL VARY:" Anyone in the office can boss you around.

    "WHERE EMPLOYEES FEEL VALUED:" Those who missed the last round of layoffs, that is.

    "MUST HAVE AN EYE FOR DETAIL:" We have no quality control.

    "COLLEGE DEGREE PREFERRED:" Unless you wasted those four years studying something useless like philosophy, English or religion.

    "CAREER-MINDED:" Female Applicants must must be childless (and remain that way).

    "APPLY IN PERSON:" If you're old, fat or ugly you'll be told the position has been filled.

    "NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE:" We've filled the job; our call for resumes is just a legal formality.

    "SEEKING CANDIDATES WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE:" You'll need it to replace three people who just left.

    "PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS A MUST:" You're walking into a company in perpetual chaos.

    "REQUIRES TEAM LEADERSHIP SKILLS:" You'll have the responsibilities of a manager, without the pay or respect.

    "GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS:" Management communicates, you listen, figure out what they want and do.

    "ABILITY TO HANDLE A HEAVY WORKLOAD:" You whine, you're fired.

    "ASPIRATIONS FOR GROWTH WITHIN OUR COMPANY:" We loooooove brown-nosers.

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