This awkward job advert has gone viral – and a lot of people are concerned

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It’s never easy applying for a new job: not only do you have to dedicate some serious time to your CV and LinkedIn profile, but you also have to trawl through the hundreds of adverts and work out which one is the best fit for you. Then it’s job interview prep (what to wear? What to say?), salary negotiations and the like. Finally, if you land it, there’s a trial period – which gives your new boss a chance to see if you’re right for the role, and you a chance to see if, y’know, you actually like the company that’s hired you.

It’s a long process – and one which can feel pretty tiresome, particularly if that first tempting ad turns out to be something of an embellishment. Maybe the “private office” you were promised is more of a cubby, the “large team” you were set to manage is, at most, two people, and the “exciting travel opportunities” are less Paris, more a slog to Slough. Whatever the little white lie, it can leave you feeling hugely disappointed.

Little surprise then that this painfully honest job advert, apparently published by mistake, has gone viral. Because it fills applicants in on all the nitty-gritty bad points way before they ever sit down to interview.

Check it out:

It’s certainly informative, isn’t it?

Naturally, the poster realised their mistake when the tweet started blowing up, and the position was quickly withdrawn from the recruitment site.

But, of course, this being the internet, it was too late for that. And the ad – which has been screengrabbed and shared widely on Twitter – has left many feeling concerned.

Yes, some took issue with the “wonky” maths:

But the majority of the online community was worried about just one thing – Melissa’s wellbeing.

We’ve all been Melissa at some point – but, while we can do everything we put our minds to, that doesn’t mean we should.

So how do we deal with a full-blown stress burnout?

American Psychological Association’s David Ballard PsyD describes job burnout as “an extended period of time where someone experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in things, resulting in a decline in their job performance.”

He told Forbes: “A lot of burnout really has to do with experiencing chronic stress. In those situations, the demands being placed on you exceed the resources you have available to deal with the stressors.”

To combat this, Ballard suggests making sure you unplug at the end of the day (no out-of-hours emails), focus on leaving the office on time and prioritise relaxation.

Above all else, though, you need to figure out when enough is enough and talk to your manager or HR about EAP services, mental health benefits or stress management training – or at least about how to improve communication and create a better, more positive work environment. 

“I do think there are times when, no matter what you try to do, the organisation is unable or unwilling to make those changes,” Dr. Ballard says, “and in those cases, it is just time to move on.”

To find out more on the unavoidable signs of stress-induced burnout – and how to combat them – click here.

Images: iStock


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.