At the moment, I'm looking for a little extra income, so I'm reading job ads. I'm looking for a good job where I'll be a valued employee and where the pay is fair for the work required. I'm realizing there are some common terms signaling jobs that won't meet those requirements.
Here is some of the commonly-used jargon hinting at why the job is to be avoided.
"Fast-paced environment." Translation: Most people who take this job on are overwhelmed by the volume of work and frequently end up putting in unpaid hours to get caught up and so end up quitting or committing suicide. If they don't go postal first, that is.
"Team player." Translation: You'll be making coffee or picking up dry cleaning for your superiors and/or you'll be asked to leave your ethics at home when you come to work and/or you'll be asked to pick up the slack for incompetent coworkers.
"Detail-oriented." Translation: The job is complicated and you can expect little help from anyone.
"Self starter." Translation: Expect little in the way of direction, though you can still expect criticism if your decisions differ from what theirs would be.
"Flexible." Translation: They need some patsy who's willing to work any shift and on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve/Day, and New Years Eve/Day.
Did I leave any out?
Most of the jobs anyone would want are not advertised. Here is a way to find work that puts you in the drivers seat.
Using this system, you avoid jargon, start out with a human conversation that is lead by your own wishes and abilities.
There will be lots of rejection, but if you get to 30 tries without one potential opportunity, I owe you $10.
Right now, I am imagining Max Headroom (Unseen's icon) working at JC Penney.
You've outlined a way you would find work that meets your goals. It may not fit mine.
My photographic portfolio is almost entirely naked girls. LOL
Writing is probably a better, though lower-paying, alternative. Even there, though, my recent (last 20 years) experience is almost entirely erotic fiction and political blogging.
Frankly, I'm not looking for the best paying, highest-responsibility, job I can get. I just want supplementary income that doesn't take over my rather quiet life. I know one should have a goal when searching for work, but my goal isn't a specific line of work, but a job that satisfies the requirements given in the second sentence of this paragraph. It could be in retail, customer service, writing, or almost anything.
JC Penney may not last out the year, given the rate it's been mismanaged lately. Perhaps you were joking.
Photography, specifically, is kind of a strange industry, even if your strategy is sound.
I'd get $2000 jobs that netted about $1200 after paying the model and other costs several times a month, but Ohio is the pits for finding open-minded models. Not like the West Coast. The amount per hour was insane, but of course it wasn't a 40 hour week, which was fine for me: plenty of time for creative writing.
It's similar here for regular commercial work, but you tend to do that contracting under your own business name, not as someone's hire. If you have to make overhead investments, they are your liability as well. Even if you have an in with an agency, it's not your total source of income or even necessarily your main.
It's just that photography, on the whole, is rather multifaceted, and what makes perfect sense in one facet can be total nonsense in another.
If you want a photography specific piece of job application jargon:
"No photographic experience required" often means "No photographic experience wanted because we don't want to pay you like you're qualified, and we don't want your sense of standards and quality getting in the way of puking out product".
I like this idea.
"Work effectively under pressure and maintain a positive attitude " - Hope you have a source for cocaine.*
* A study showed that while cocaine users' private lives were a mess, they were on the whole more effective in business than non-users.
That or "Only people suffering from workaholic OCD can possibly make a go of this job."
Overqualified. "Sorry, you're too smart to work here, as you'll see how we're screwing you over."