Folklaw is a very busy person, but we do consider it one of our responsibilities to stay on top of what’s happening in the legal jobs market...
While perusing a well-known jobs website the other day we found an ad that caught our attention, though not necessarily for the right reasons.
The ad, for a Melbourne firm that shall remain nameless, starts with the line: “Often, you need to be brave and, sometimes patient! This position often offers both themes in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.”
As well as misusing that comma and putting in the uncalled for exclamation mark in the first sentence, “themes” is definitely not the right word to be using in that second sentence.
Also, are lawyers really called on to be brave? You are practising the law in a (probably) pretty nice office.
The ad is peppered with grammatical errors, despite the fact that it is looking for a lawyer who can “effectively communicate with clients” and has “excellent drafting skills”.
By the evidence of this ad, that is certainly something that seems to be required in this office...
The ad seems keen to stress that all employees are treated equally, stating that in the firm they “truly know that lawyers are no better than others” and adding: “We do not practise in family law or police matters and accordingly, don’t care about your experience in those fields.”
They also don’t seem to be too fussy about who their potential new employee is, saying they are required to have “(at least [perhaps] three years plus PQE)”, although they do demand “refined legal skills”.
Folklaw will just go get its monocle and quill...
However, just in case you’re getting the wrong idea, the firm emphasises that: “We specialise in quality and nothing less.”
Except when they’re writing their job ads obviously...
Folklaw hopes terrible job ads aren’t becoming a recurring problem for law firms, as this is not the first one we’ve spotted recently.