Stop the hunt – unicorns don’t exist.

If you are not starting a band, your job listing should not be asking for a rockstar.

Unless of course, your team is craving someone temperamental with an ego that cannot be checked to fill a role that is under constant pressure to perform. 

Instead, you should be looking for a job candidate that is driven, accomplished, motivated and passionate.

We hope you aren’t looking for someone trained in espionage and the art of war to join your corporate office. Nor should you be seeking someone skilled in sneakiness, secrecy and sabotage.

Hiring a “ninja” for your team is the antithesis of fostering a company culture of transparency

“When an organization is more transparent with their employees, they tend to be more successful in several areas: they have increased employee engagement, stronger company culture, and transparency fosters a type of comfort that allows employees to freely communicate. A transparent work environment also helps employees feel valued and encourages creativity.”

Superheroes, unicorns and wizards aren’t real. Instead, find the traits you desire in someone experienced, professional, and skilled in multitasking and organization.

Many of the corporate buzzwords used to jazz up job descriptions end up dissuading diverse candidates from applying due to gender bias. Words like ninja are traditionally regarded as masculine. Keep job descriptions neutral – engineer, project manager, etc. Even using superlatives in excess can discourage applications from women who are more collaborative than competitive, and research shows women are less likely than men to brag about their accomplishments.

While expertise is important to fill a role, a guru is not what you are looking for. Knowledgeable employees accept that they do not know everything, and the best coworkers are those who are adaptable and open to growth. Coachability is a skill far greater than being a “guru.”

(Not to mention, the casual use of the phrase to mean “knowledgeable” is dismissive of its religious history and importance. Best to remove it from your vocabulary all together.)

Coachable people have a willingness and eagerness to learn and develop, with the ability to improve and change.

Every company is looking for a business savvy, go-getter super human. Vague descriptions and meaningless jargon are useless when looking for the right fit for your team. People are complex, and we should look at job candidates as just that: people. 

When hiring, integrity is a greater contribution to your team than having a big personality. Ask yourself: what will this candidate bring to the company culture? Do this candidate’s qualities and skills align with the vision of this company? As an employee, would this candidate bring the adaptability required to accomplish our shared goals?

Looking to grow your team with the right kind of people? Reach out to us! Here at Broadstaff, we’re in the business of people – not staffing. We have a network of experienced, professional and coachable job seekers eager to contribute to your team. Drop us a line or shoot us an email at