Reverse Job Description

Everyone has to read a job description to see if you meet the qualifications of the company but what if we, as job seekers were to publish our own job descriptions? Something that defines the job we’re looking for, the company culture, boss, tasks and location we’re after. It could be something that we can add to a resume or cover letter pointing out what our criteria is and how well the company matches us for a change. It could also be an “Other Document” that can highlight how well we’ve researched our target company finding tidbits and trivia that may just be public information but still require research that is attached to an application.

I built a reverse job description several months ago based on what I dislike most about my current job and what I wanted to avoid and wanted to be doing soon. Interestingly enough, I was able to define what I want in a boss, company and job tasks that would make me happy etc. Even better a potential job is in the process of opening up that just about meets everything including location and compensation requirements, the only thing I have to do is be patient.

Here’s part of my list and even if you build a list and never publish it, it can be a very useful tool for identifying if an opportunity and company meet your criteria!

The company

  • Forward thinking
  • Profitable or high benefit to helping society or the environment with enough in funding to function well
  • Functions within budget
  • Has an active future plan that includes revenue growth
  • Includes staff in plans while forming not after choices are made
  • Actively seeks ideas and feedback from staff
  • Seeks to build not just small teams for certain functions but to bring whole group of teams into one large team demonstrating that each team has a purpose in the big picture
  • explains the big picture and how everyone from the clerk and janitor contribute

The Boss

  • Fair but firm
  • Timely decision making – “later” is not an option nor is crossing the bridge when we get there… PROACTIVE PLANNING
  • Clear expectations and goal setting
  • Proactive work projects
  • Open door policy
  • Knows enough to do anyone’s job for a few days
  • Gets to know individuals on team including moods, likes and dislikes

The Job

  • Short, medium and long term project based
  • Set goals for each project with clear expectations of deliverables and timelines
  • Primarily computer based in software or programming or writing
  • Variety of assignments
  • Variety of new software to learn
  • Opportunity to teach and learn


  • $25-35Hr ($50k+/yr)
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Team getaways specifically to get to know other teams
  • Continuing education or conferences


  • Mat-Su Valley
  • Virtual
  • If virtual then flexible work hours based on timezones
  • Anchorage
  • out of state requiring moving

What I want

  • Freedom to prioritize work within reason
  • Variety of tasks that make a difference
  • Ability to see where my work fits in
  • Computer that has the power to keep up with multitasking
  • Mobile tools for use when needed
  • Tools to keep in touch such as chat and message boards in addition to email
  • Short productive meetings
  • Power to do experiment and mess up within reason
  • Helps others mutually supportive
  • Cross training in other teams and other jobs with or without the background for the job
  • Any down time can be used for classes and learning
  • Research and learning are highly encouraged
  • Computer based tracking systems that are up to date
  • Support with projects when needed

What do you think?

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