Job Ad Red Flags: Calling All Ninjas!

I’m not sure this really needs to be said, but these words in a job posting are an instant buzzkill:

  • Ninja
  • Rockstar
  • Jam sessions
  • etc.

Basically, if the ad sounds like it was composed out of words that immature young men would think are cool, you lost me.

These may be controversial, but I’m also wary of mentioning things like “hackathons” and “kegerators”. Hey, I love working as a software developer, and I love beer, but it seems kind of weird to think I want to hang around the office after hours. (In fact, let’s kill the office altogether—I’ll take the savings in my paycheck, please.)