Every time I read a job ad that includes any mention of “stakeholders,” I just think of an angry mob chasing Dracula and then I forget what the job was about.
This job ad came up over the weekend. It’s for a library assistant. I think they’ll get a lot of applicants now.
I work two
part-time extra time jobs here in Stockholm, so sometimes I check to see if there might be a third extra time job I might be able to do. Checking job ads here gets very distracting though. Let me give you today’s examples along with my comments:
German-speaking debt collection agent (“Geld! Schnell!” I think I can get this one)
Professional Dog Walker (Professional? )
Chinese nail therapist (1. Why Chinese? 2. Do I just help nails to deal with their social issues?)
Thai Massage (No thanks)
Team member for food truck “The Good Gringo” The Good Gringo is on a mission to share with you what a burrito should be.
( I fully support this mission)
Sweden is great because sometimes you can get 50% jobs as well as 75% jobs. It works out well especially if you have kids to pick up from daycare or take to activities.
I think this one is going a bit too far though.
87.5% – What kind of random strange percentage is this? Not 88! Not 90! We have calculated it to the very minute and you better not work one minute more!
I’m looking for something part-time to supplement my translating work. I like the ads that are straight and to the point. Too many of them are full of double-speak and fancy wording for menial work. Let me decipher this for you:
-Provide administrative support and briefings to senior management ( Bring coffee and donuts at the Monday meeting.)
-Organise and coordinate internal and external meetings, preparing agendas, transcribing minutes, reception of visitors (Book the meeting room, which takes 2 seconds but somehow the “suits” can’t do that on their own, sit in the back with a laptop or pen & paper so we look fancy even though we could just record this and store it in a sound file, sit at the front desk so no one steals our flowers.)
-Support the procurement processes within a specific programme (order paperclips online from Office Depot)
-Perform various other administrative tasks as deemed necessary (We’re gonna need more donuts.)
I’m starting my own company to translate documents from Swedish to English. (send me your business — now that’s enough for the commercial). So I went down to my favorite place – the unemployment office – to discuss programs about getting support during the start-up phase. The response from the woman I talked to:
“Well, it would be easier to just get a job and start your company on the side.”
Wow! Get a job?! What a unique idea! I’ll just go do that real quick. What on earth have I been doing for the past 6 months anyway? I should have thought about this whole “get a job” thing!
Thanks again unemployment office. Your logic fails my goals, but at least it gives me lots of good writing material.
I’ve been looking through the job bank at opportunities for one of my Italian friends looking for a new job. I noticed that when I look for an English speaking job, it’s mostly call centers and teaching (I guess we like to talk). But when I look up jobs for my Italian friend, all the ads are for food or wine experts. Even the job ads are biased. I’ve really got to learn more Italian so I can get paid to rate wine all day.
Job searching (there might be a lot of posts about this coming up). I saw an ad that said “Trainee BI.” This means trainee in Business Intelligence. However, I started thinking it was a fun way to write “Trainee Bee.” I thought I might get to wear a bee costume for some fun party place. I knew I was probably wrong but clicked the ad just in case on the off chance that someone saw things the way I did. They didn’t.
Looking through job ads today. I was very intrigued by the ad for someone to organize umbrellas. What a great job! I wonder who you organize the umbrellas for? Is this about those people I always see when it rains trying to sell umbrellas? Where do they come from anyway? What do they do on sunny days? I could do that job. I’d feel like a hero. Look to me fellow city dwellers! I shall protect you from this horrid rain! I have the answer to all of your problems!
But then I found out that “umbrella” is some new internet term. What a disappointment. Considering sending an application anyway describing the 4 umbrellas I have at home and how well they are organized. You never know.
One great thing about Stockholm. Every job I’ve worked at, there’s always a bottle of champagne in the fridge.