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Do Job Ad Physical Requirements Need to be This Specific?

March 22, 2014 by Lady Unemployed

So I’ve been job hunting lately and I’m used to the usual “physical requirements” for job listings. Most of them say things like “must be able to sit or stand for lengthy periods of time” or “lift 20 lbs” or something along those lines.

But today I found the most ridiculous list of job physical requirements that I’ve ever seen in my life. Although I know sight is necessary, I’ve never seen it described in such a way:

Adjustment of lens of eye to bring an object into sharp focus. This item is especially important when doing near-point work at varying distances from eye.

As a woman with horrid vision, let’s hope they are okay with glasses. Oh, and it doesn’t stop there.  Oh, and in case you were wondering, the fingers are an extension of the hand. See? They even clarify it for you.

Seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with hands. Fingers are involved only to the extent that they are an extension of the hand.

Picking, pinching, or otherwise working with fingers primarily (rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling).

Pinching? Really? Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen.

And then here’s where it gets even weirder –

Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Talking is important for those activities in which workers must impart oral information to clients or to the public, and in those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.

Really, talking is important? If it were up to me, I’d never talk to my coworkers.  Or the public. Just me and my bubble.

Perceiving the nature of sounds. Hearing is important for those activities which require ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sound, such as when making fine adjustments on running engines.

I’ve never seen a job posting define what hearing is and isn’t this a lovely, roundabout, way of them asking for someone who doesn’t have any disabilities?

And if they need to be this specific, who did they hire before? And who the hell wrote this ad?



  1. Brilliant, unique post as always Lady (Un)Employed.

  2. Holly S. says:

    Hahahahaha…”Perceiving the nature of sounds” made me laugh. Really? I perceive that the guy who wrote this is a f*cktard. DO NOT apply for this job. Run.

  3. Jess says:

    Was this all in one job posting? This is hysterical! And a little sad. Is this indicative of the population looking for work?

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