When a job description sounds more like a dating profile, what's the deal?
January 3, 2013 10:18 AM Subscribe
When a job description says you "must have a sense of humor", what's really being asked for and how do you get the right message across in a cover letter?
posted by thesocietyfor to Work & Money (33 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This may seem obvious, but I have seen this crop up in a few job descriptions (in the graphic design field) lately for positions I believe I'd be a good fit for, and as a bonus I am indeed a funny person in real life. But mentioning the need for that in the job description gives me pause.
I'm concerned when a company says they need someone with a sense of humor that it will be a low performing company or that the work environment is more "funny uh-oh" [totally unorganized, horrible boss, etc.] than "funny ha ha". What quality is the company really looking for here?
Is it really going to ruin my chances of getting an interview/job if I don't address how funny I am in the cover letter? I feel like the cleverness and humor in some of the projects in my portfolio show that pretty well and my cover letters are generally conversational but professional. My plan at this point is to go for that, but I've been mulling it over and wondered what the more experienced folks here thought.