I Wish Design Job Descriptions Were More Honest Rather than Doublespeak 🤕

Unicorn of all trades, Master of some —but we will fire you when you don’t become the one.

Riku Arikiri


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You — just adding this simple suffix doesn’t really make it personal.

We read job descriptions all the time abusing the word you all the time.

You’re going to do X in Y time by being rewarded Z. But You’re also going to be battered like a pig if things go south. Or worse fired for being an insubordinate prick.

You have to follow what you’re told. However, you will have ownership of what you do. We will give you an illusionary sense of entitlement so that we can reel you in, and keep you in the penthouse as long as we can.

Aren’t you tired of it all?

Linkedin job doomscrolling is a real thing. It’s a mystery nobody’s talking about it. It’s clearly becoming an epidemic. Especially with the flood of entry-level jobs with senior-level skills and C leadership-level experience.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. However, the latter is real as well.

We’re at the horizon of The Great Beleaguering.

The 2022 job market is the one place where this phenomenon is causing its fair share of sheer havoc and despair.

Every single one of us is going to be experiencing the fallout of such a disaster.

— All right a few might not have to, because of the tight-knit Ivy league connections.

Exhibit A for Assery — The Big League Jargon Buster out of the Design Park

Here’s a job notification that I recently received for an Associate Level UX Designer, with 5+ years of experience… and the generic job description that doesn’t tell me anything about the product or the role.

The job description is filled with word vomit that makes it clearly vague for anyone applying. Just some fancy keywords for resume filtering for the ATS gods to rank a user… and vice versa.

I graze through this awful job market every day seeing associate-level designers struggle with even…



Riku Arikiri

It’s never black or white. Sometimes there’s a bit of spicy red in there as well.