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I came across this job posting: http://www.justin.tv/jobs/jobs. The page contains some bad language ("No bulls--t"). I personally find this vaguely offensive, and it would certainly put me off applying to work there: It made me wonder what kind/personality of people work at this company. At least where I'm from (EU), the language would be considered bad form, and it would be seen as badly representing the company.

Some job postings seem to go to the other extreme, filled with vacuous people skill descriptions and irrelevant details.

It's tempting to dream up pictures of each company based on their job posting.

So, does professionalism in job postings matter? Are you inclined to see through bad language, irrelevant corporate speak and so on, or do these affect interest in a job?

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Its a job posting in a video game company!!!. it would be disappointing if it Was professional."know thy market" –  Aditya P Mar 11 '11 at 5:19
    
FWIW I do find this job posting professional. What counts as professional is circumstantial and as Aditya has pointed out, this is for a game company, not for a morgue (although those guys have a sick humor, I hear). –  Konrad Rudolph Mar 11 '11 at 13:59

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I think what matters in job postings is that the language and attitude match that of the company and the desired candidates.

If you're a button-up shirt, Wall Street company looking for a like-minded developer, you would never use the PG-13 language you mention.

If, however, your company culture is much more laid-back, edgy, or similar, then your job posting should reflect that.

I imagine that if you are offended by the language they use, you aren't the type of candidate they're looking for...

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+1 its all about the attitude match and if you find it offensive you really aren't the type. –  Aditya P Mar 11 '11 at 5:18
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+1, if you find the word "bullshit" to be "vaguely offensive", then it's in everyone's best interest for you to close that browser tab and not even consider applying for a job at that company. –  Carson63000 Mar 11 '11 at 5:31

Introducing candidates to your culture as part of your job listing is clearly an option. Bad language, rough approach, being funny, ect. If this really is your corporate culture, pushing people away that won't like it isn't a bad thing.

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Justin.tv is a young bay-area company, from chatting with a former employee I hear it's a great environment for young hacker types. He loved it and only left to build his own startup, so it may be "unprofessional" in a traditional business sense, but that is not a traditional business.

If nothing else it would be MORE unprofessional to mislead you about the kind of environment they have.

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Please don't confuse professionalism with being corporate.

Professionalism is when you work for achieving the company goals - and that can include using "no bull*t" phrasing in a job posting to attract the right people. Using only sterile extra-safe language and lots of well-sounding but meaningless lingo is being corporate.

That said you decide whether that company is a good fit for you.

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There's no harm in applying anyway - you'll get a better idea of the workplace if you go for an interview than you will from the job ad. Good luck :-)

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