Jargon Free Jobs

Over the past year we’ve run, with the City & Guilds Group, 7 'mystery shopper' workshops across the UK to give young people the opportunity to assess the accessibility of companies’ recruitment processes for entry level jobs. We found that the young people who participated didn't understand many of the entry level job they were assessing because of jargon, technical language and a lack of clarity over day to day responsibilities. 

Understanding jargon is not a measure of a young person’s potential and it doesn't mean they are a better candidate for the job. Using jargon just disadvantages young people who do not have experience in an industry or access to people who do. It also negatively impacts young people’s confidence, by making them feel they “don’t deserve” a role or are “not good enough” to apply.

We want to change this.

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Why should you go Jargon free?

5 Reasons why we need #JargonFreeJobs...

March 17 2017

1. It puts young people off applying

“For applicants, it’s a bit of a hindrance. If you’re asked about it in an interview, and you don’t know the term, it just makes you look bad...

Top Tips on how you can go jargon free

March 17 2017

Top tips on writing clear entry level job descriptions

"We are now proactively identifying and removing barriers within our own business"

March 17 2017

Tyrone Jones, Director CSR & Engagement at DWF on why employers need to remove barriers in recruitment

Few companies have escaped the challenge of taking what they consider to be a complex business, and simplifying...

“It was about making content we already had on our site more visible…”

March 17 2017

 Amanda Ball, Director, AD Sprinklers talks through how the feedback from the workshops helped communicate their company culture

Having our careers pages assessed by young people was incredibly helpful. There was lots we were already doing well but...

“Having a diverse workforce that brings fresh thinking to our business”

March 17 2017

 Stephanie Bishop, Head of Graduate and Apprentice Recruitment, Capgemini UK on why getting recruitment right is the first step

We welcome the findings of BITC’s Future Proof workshops as it gave us some practical recommendations on how we can...