There's a lot of articles and advice about toxic work environments and toxic managers, but what about toxic job postings? Is this a reality and how do you identify one? Postings that are confidential and do not reveal an organization's name, list vague job details, and lack other essential elements that would obscure an applicant's ability to make the best decision in pursuing a job opportunity are all examples of toxic job postings.
I believe that while people are very aware of warning signs to look out for once they enter a work environment or are interacting with a manager, people may be more willing to excuse and overlook a toxic job posting due to the current job market. The pandemic and economic climate also add a heightened element in which applicants may still apply to a toxic job posting out of desperation to secure a job and support their lifestyles. Remember, your gut instinct is the first defense against working in toxic environments. But difficult times can make people silence their inner voice and accept poor conditions that they would not tolerate under normal circumstances.
I think this issue could be addressed by job boards and sites having standard requirements for companies wanting to post positions and utilize their services to find applicants. Requiring companies to list their name, salary range, and use specific language within the duties and responsibilities of a position is just a beginning.
What are some other elements that define a toxic job posting? What responsibility, if any, do job sites have in addressing these issues? How can job postings be improved?