File this one under long shot – outside chance – dark horse – message in a bottle – shot in the dark – voice crying in the wilderness. . . as we seek out a veritable unicorn – rara avis – purple squirrel – hen’s tooth – rare gem – one in a million . . . someone whose great passion in life is to be a leading expert at medical terminology – a taxonomist – a lexicographer – a vocabulist – a word maven – a cataloguer – a librarian – a linguist – an archivist. The kind of person fascinated by words, by shades of meaning, by synonyms. Also: The kind of person who is particularly drawn to medical words. Also-also: The kind of person who would very much like to take that highly narrow set of attributes and put it to use working in a product organization. If you are out there, friend, if our words have probed through space and reached you somewhere in the universe, kindly do apply post-haste; we’re certain we have a job that will make you happy indeed.
The Nitty Gritty
So there’s this huge medical facility with a ton of highly varied services, which has a formidable web presence. And this huge medical facility is thinking, “Wouldn’t it be truly great if we had someone who could contribute in a big way to our quality-assurance and SEO effort by taking ownership of the thousands upon thousands of medical terms with which our web presence fairly bristles?” Someone to build a library of jargon, ensuring consistent and accurate usage, upon which folks across the organization could draw? If you were doing SEO on the role itself, you’d include terms like taxonomy, information, reference, content indexing, metadata, catalog, electronic resources, knowledge management, data retrieval, archiving – you get the drift?
Hired Gun Proﬁle
Here’s the thing when it comes to purple squirrels such as yourself: There’s no obvious or typical backstory. We would assume that in some fashion or other, you’ve studied medical terminology and therefore have a good grounded sense for the usual parade of roots and prefixes and suffixes and the like (You know, off the top of your head, your phages from your phenos from your phenyls). You’ll be doing web QA and SEO, so relevant experience there would be a fine thing. Whatever it is you’ve been up to, you’ve demonstrated throughout your career a highly refined attention to detail, and of course personality-wise, you’ve got a strange love of order to match your love of words. You likely read dictionaries and etymologies and thesauruses for fun, delighting in making new connections between words, thrilling at how terms can be close but not identical in meaning, all that sort of thing that escapes your average gifted user of language.
Convince us, please, not just of a general love of language, but of experience with and knowledge of consumer-facing/patient-facing medical vocabulary.
Well, your mother always said there was a place for you in this world, and by golly, she was right. The great news is that, while the world isn’t exactly screaming for medical library scientists, the one company that is asking for you happens to be a fantastic place to work which is well-known for looking after its employees.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, creed, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law.