SURVEY: Job ads - The good, the bad, the ugly Which type of job ads make you rush to apply? And what are the red flags? We're on a mission to educate job-posters - and whether you're a freelancer or looking for a full-time job, we'd love your input in our quick survey below. Thank-you! OK Question Title * 1. As a job-seeker, what kind of jobs or gigs do you look for? Freelance gigs / projects Full-time / perm jobs Part-time jobs Contracts Other (please specify) OK Question Title * 2. What's the single most important thing to you in an ad for a job or freelance gig? It offers flexibility / remote working It pays market rates or above The tasks and job spec are doable for one person It requests samples of your work rather than making you do a test Other (please specify) OK Question Title * 3. Why is flexibility so important to you? I'm a lot more productive in my own environment I need flexibility so I can work and juggle family commitments I have a disability It helps my time management It's the way of the world and employers need to get on board Other (please specify) OK Question Title * 4. A job ad is perfect for your skills, but insists you must be on-site. What do you do? Apply but try to negotiate an off-site / flexible working arrangement Scroll on by - if they're not flexible at the start, there's no point applying Apply, even though it's not my preferred mode of working Other (please specify) OK Question Title * 5. How important is transparency on rates / salary in a job or gig ad? Extremely important Very important Somewhat important Not so important Not at all important Other (please specify) OK Question Title * 6. Is it important to you to get a reply to your application? Yes No Other (please specify) OK Question Title * 7. You spot a job or gig ad that sounds like your bag, but they're being vague about rates / salary. How likely are you to apply anyway? Very likely Likely Unlikely Very unlikely Other (please specify) OK Question Title * 8. Would you do an unpaid test if that was part of the criteria applying for a job or gig? No Yes It would depend on the test and how much I wanted the job If no, please explain why... OK Question Title * 9. Would you do a test to get a freelance job or gig if it was a paid test? Yes No If not, why not? OK Question Title * 10. What are the three biggest red flags to you in a job or gig ad? The company or employer is hidden, making it impossible to research them There's an overwhelmingly long and involved job spec The ad tries to squeeze 3 jobs into one (like 'Digital marketing content writer with PR skills') There's an off-putting job title such as, 'Design ninja' or 'Word wizard' The only mention of money is that rates are 'competitive' or the salary is 'commensurate with experience' The ad offers perks, benefits or exposure instead of payment The ad talks about 'passion' and working long hours, or mentions 'you must be ready to work hard' The application process is unnecessarily complex and lengthy The ad copy talks down to you, is insulting or is condescending The ad requires a ridiculous amount of experience The experience level doesn't match the job spec or salary (ie, they want a mid-level copywriter, but are paying junior rates) Other (please specify) OK Question Title * 11. What would make you stop reading a job ad and keep scrolling? The job title is unclear or vague The ad copy is a long, waffly stream of consciousness There are few to no sub-heads separating the information They want a unicorn (a candidate with an almost mythical laundry list of specific skills / experience) Really boring ad copy Other (please specify) OK Question Title * 12. What annoys you most after applying for a job or gig? Not hearing back from employers after I apply Being ghosted after a potential client / employer / hiring manager has expressed interest in me Making it to interview stage and not getting the job Not hearing back after an interview Other (please specify) OK Question Title * 13. What kinds of benefits would you want to see in a job ad for a perm job? Flexible working policies / remote working options Opportunities for ongoing training / upskilling The chance for promotion / career growth A supportive company culture Healthy food / snacks on site An easy-to-get-to, central location An on-site gym or exercise / wellness classes A dedication to hygiene and Covid-safe policies Other (please specify) OK Question Title * 14. Is there anything else you'd like job-posters to know about writing a decent ad for a job or freelance gig? OK CLICK TO FINISH AND SUBMIT YOUR ANSWERS! THANKS.