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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“We’re proud to be supporting the Jargon Free Jobs campaign. If we want to be ready for the future, we must all review and improve how we attract and nurture our future workforce. Designing simple, accessible and jargon-free recruitment communications that can successfully engage young people is an important step. Finding the right people and encouraging them by making our language clear and accessible, from the ways in which we advertise and describe the job opportunities, to the communications we use throughout the recruitment process, makes a real difference.”   

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD

Why should you go Jargon free?

Get your online job application process "mystery shopped" by young people

September 1 2017

Are your job ads putting off young applicants? Are your jobs pages easy to navigate? Not sure? You can now get your job application processed "mystery shopped" by young people as part of the Future Proof campaign. To date, 104 employers from across the UK who collectively employer over 2m people have had their entry level job application sites assessed by young people including Boots, Asda, ITV, DWF, BBC and Barclays. By having your site assessed you get the opportunity to gain an insight into any potential barriers in your recruitment processes which might be preventing young people from applying for their roles as well as getting recommendations directly from young people about how you can make your vacancies more attractive and accessible .

What are #JargonFreeJobs and why do we need them?

June 6 2017

Here's what happened when we joined the Careers Enterprise Company for a 20 minute webinar with enterprise advisors working with schools across the country to talk about why companies need to make their job adverts 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 do more to remove barriers in the recruitment process.