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Bad Job Bingo To-Go

A Bad Job Bingo card to take with you on your journey.
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How this bingo card works
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If you un-mark a Bad Job Bingo entry, the row will pop back to where it was before.
If you click on the little notes icon under Why, you’ll see a short explanation from me about the Flag Rating (which is either Red 🔴 or Yellow 🟨 ).
How I use the bingo card
Playing Bad Job Bingo is more of an art than a science. However, in general, when I’m evaluating jobs, I’ll mark all of the Bad Job Bingo entries I find in the job description.
When I’m done marking entries, I count the entries and:
If there are no flags at all, I categorize the job as Green Means Go.
If there are only a few yellow flags, I categorize the job as Eh, It’s Probably Fine.
If there are a combination of red and yellow flags (but less than 5 total flags), I categorize the job as Tread Carefully.
If there are 5 flags or more, the job has won BINGO.
If there are a lot more than 5 flags, or all flags are red flags, I categorize the job as Seriously, Maybe Don’t.
Mark?
Bad Job Bingo Entry
Flag Rating
Why
Your Notes
1
Lists “Professionalism” as a company value
🔴
2
“Our company is rapidly growing, all while maintaining a young and fun vibe!”
🔴
3
Company "committed to DEI," has no DEI Team or DEI Executive
🔴
4
Asks for a video resume
🔴
5
"Ability to adapt & thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment"
🔴
6
"Equitable" pay policy prohibits negotiation
🔴
7
3-page job listing, not clear what role actually does
🔴
8
"Blend your passions with your work!"
🔴
9
"Ability to multi-task and be self-directed under pressure"
🔴
10
"Very friendly and conversational demeanor"
🔴
11
“We value diversity of thought”
🔴
12
"Ability to respond quickly to new requirements with a strong sense of urgency"
🔴
13
Offers "competitive pay," no pay listed
🔴
14
Positive vibes only!!! :)))
🔴
15
Has no parental leave policy
🔴
16
On Great Place to Work list, has 2-star rating on Glassdoor
🔴
17
"We're a family"
🔴
18
Lists "good chemistry" as a required qualification
🔴
19
"We only hire the best of the best"
🔴
20
Company's mission is to change the world
🔴
21
“This is a rare opportunity to join our company”
🔴
22
Requires 10 years experience in a coding language that's 5 years old
🔴
23
"Team-player who is unafraid of feedback"
🔴
24
Individual contributor expected to run the company
🔴
25
"You don't have problems, you have solutions"
🔴
26
Requires executive skills in a middle manager role
🔴
27
"Work hard, play hard"
🔴
28
Job listing doesn't mention benefits at all
🔴
29
Requires an IQ test as part of the interview process
🔴
30
"Must be able to advocate for team in an adversarial atmosphere"
🔴
31
Lists salary range of $5,000 to $1,000,000
🔴
32
"You're a highly-motivated rockstar"
🔴
33
Unclear if you're joining a cult or company
🔴
34
Requires a personality test as part of the interview process
🔴
35
"Thrives on good-natured competition"
🔴
36
CX is responsible for all customer outcomes
🔴
37
Exposure / experience will somehow pay your rent
🔴
38
Offers "competitive pay," pay is minimum wage
🔴
39
Application asks for unnecessary personal info
🔴
40
All or most of the leadership team are white men
🔴
41
Take-home project demands free consulting
🔴
42
“We change the game by prioritizing fun”
🔴
43
Looking for “intelligent” candidate
🔴
44
Looking for “energetic” candidate
🔴
45
Lists working at the company as a benefit
🔴
46
No compensation / salary range given
🔴
47
Application asks for desired pay / salary range
🔴
48
Application asks for a photo
🔴
49
Listing includes behavioral requirements
🔴
50
Company gives salary for leadership roles but not frontline roles
🔴
51
Uses sports analogies anywhere in job listing or Careers page
🔴
52
Salary for leadership roles is great, but not for frontline roles
🔴
53
Poorly-edited job description requires attention to detail
🟨
54
Job description full of business buzzwords
🟨
55
Entry-level role requires advanced degree
🟨
56
Lists free coffee and snacks in the office as a benefit
🟨
57
Lists games / pool table in the office as a benefit
🟨
58
Lists "work-cations" as a benefit
🟨
59
Uses acronyms totally unrelated to the industry or role
🟨
60
All the employee testimonies are from white men
🟨
61
Requires startup experience to get startup experience
🟨
62
Includes company swag as a benefit
🟨
63
Requires expertise in Google Suite
🟨
64
Expected to Directly Manage more than 8 people
🟨
65
Lists discounts on company products as a benefit
🟨
66
No 401k, let alone company match
🟨
67
DEI executive reports to HR
🟨
68
"Move fast and fail fast"
🟨
69
Offers less than 12 weeks parental leave
🟨
70
Any mention of high / top performers
🟨
71
Requires data analytics degree for a non-data role
🟨
72
Describes its own culture as amazing
🟨
73
"Ability to influence without authority"
🟨
74
Unironically lists "thought leadership" as a job duty
🟨
75
Customer Support is actually Sales
🟨
76
Company pitch includes randomly trademarked phrases
🟨
77
Uses opaque and perplexing language to describe job duties
🟨
78
Any mention of A / A+ players
🟨
79
Used ChatGPT to write the job description
🟨
80
"You want a career, not Just another job"
🟨
81
No About / Careers / Culture Page on the company website
🟨
82
All the women on the leadership team are from Support, Marketing, or HR
🟨
83
Application requires more than three essay questions
🟨
84
All the women on the leadership team are white
🟨
85
Application asks for your college GPA
🟨
86
Lists “casual dress” as a benefit
🟨
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