Business
2:47 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Job Applicants Find Position Titles Confusing

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 8:17 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And our last word in business today is: Jobbledygook.

One of the many challenges in finding the right job these days, turns out can be just figuring out what recruiters are actually offering.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The website MyJobMatcher compiled the list of the most ridiculous job titles after a number of applicants complained that they didn't understand what the positions entailed.

GREENE: And who can blame people for being confused? A paper boy is now a, quote, "media distribution officer."

MONTAGNE: A food truck worker is a mobile sustenance facilitator. I can't even say it.

(LAUGHTER)

GREENE: And how about the school lunch lady who is now evidently, an education center nourishment consultant.

MONTAGNE: These jazzed up job titles are supposed to make the work sound more appealing, but mostly they end up just bewildering potential candidates.

GREENE: Renee, I don't even want to think about what that makes us. Radio wave information providers?

MONTAGNE: Oh, sure.

GREENE: Yeah.

MONTAGNE: Why not?

GREENE: OK. Let's go with that. That's who we are. That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.