Some job posts are bad, and then there’s this one

I was reading through the job board on 37Signals earlier, when I spotted this:

Chief Geeky Dude at AKQA

Location: Washington DC

Join AKQA Washington DC’s senior staff. The Technical Director is responsible and accountable for the overall leadership, and direction of AKQA’’s flash and web development teams. Or as stated so eloquently by our Creative Director: CHIEF GEEKY DUDE THAT CAN ACTUALLY MAKE THE GREAT IDEAS AROUND HERE A REALITY DIRECTOR. We are looking for a highly talented, web focused flash/technology “’mad scientist’” who wants to be part of delivering amazing online experiences for some incredible brands.

Aside from the fact that it reads like the writer was drunk at the time, there’s one huge glaring problem with this. I can’t think of any way that one might reasonably read the job title and think that this company was equally interested in hiring a man or a woman, which means there’s a good chance that they’re violating the equal employment laws on non-discriminatory job ads. Dude means men, in every context I’ve encountered.

I can’t decide whether I should email 37Signals about it or not. Do they look at the job posts before they go up? At $250 a month, I’d expect actual human involvement, but who knows.

Anyhow, in Ruby programming news–I had the dumb realization that if I couldn’t get the Blogger API to work, I could always write a script to email the posts instead. So I did. Slightly more interesting automated content coming soon.

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2 responses to “Some job posts are bad, and then there’s this one

  1. To me, that actually reveals a lot about the attitude of the recruiter. Whoever wrote that ad is expecting a “dude” – possibly it never crossed their mind to envision a woman in the position, and they’d probably semi-consciously select against her if one applied. Ugh, that’s frightening.

    Thanks for pointing it out.

  2. Huh, wierd. I don’t think I would have noticed that; I would have struck me as vaguely amusing that they were being so informal. Thanks for pointing it out.