Friday, May 20, 2011

When job postings baffle

I've seen an occasional oddball posting as I've trolled various company and journalism job boards, but never one like this with a list of "physical demands":

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It's for a job as a digital content creator at a radio station, and many of the requirements sought of candidates include the usual variety:
  • 3-5 years reporting/writing/editing experience
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, HTML and audio editing
  • Excellent writing and editing skills under tight deadlines
  • Attention to detail with content, including grammar, punctuation and fact checking, and layout
  • Understanding of social media and its relationship with news consumers, online marketing and web traffic
  • Be part of a team to develop new and innovative content for the web and on-air
  • Ability to thrive in fast-paced, breaking news situations
  • Flexibility in work schedule
  • Etc., etc., etc.
But being able to exert "up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally," as I've highlighted above? That's a new one. And just what does "including human body" mean? That you're able to get up from your chair successfully?

I'm baffled -- except to note that the job is at a radio station that says it caters to an audience of federal workers in Washington, D.C. Perhaps some Fed-speak has rubbed off.

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