Test tech job specs for issues with sexism, culture, expectations, and recruiter fails.

npm install joblint
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Test tech job specs for issues with sexism, culture, expectations, and recruiter fails.

Writing a job spec? Use Joblint to make your job attractive to a much broader range of candidates.
Getting swamped in job specs? Use Joblint to filter out the bad ones.

Current Version: 1.3.2
Build Status: Build Status
Node Support: 0.10

$ joblint path/to/spec.txt

Joblint output


Joblint runs on Node.js, and is installed with npm:

$ npm install joblint -g

Command Line Tool

Joblint can be used on the command line with the joblint command:

$ joblint --help

  Usage: joblint [options] <file>


    -h, --help             output usage information
    -V, --version          output the version number
    -r, --reporter [type]  Use the specified reporter [cli]
    -v, --verbose          Output verbose rule descriptions (if the reporter supports them)

Joblint supports either specifying a file name:

$ joblint path/to/spec.txt

Or piping the job spec into the command:

$ echo "This is a job spec" | joblint

You can use this to pipe the contents of the clipboard into the command, which is really useful if you're copying specs from emails:

# On Mac:
$ pbpaste | joblint

# On Linux (with xclip installed):
$ xclip -o | joblint


You can also use Joblint directly from a Node.js script:

var joblint = require('joblint');

var result = joblint("This is a job spec");

Writing Your Own Rules

I'm intending on writing some documentation for this, but for now you're best-placed reading through some of the code in lib/rule.


If you wish to contribute to Joblint, clone this repository locally and install dependencies with npm install. Now you can run the following commands to lint and test the code.

$ make lint  # Run JSHint on the code
$ make test  # Run unit tests

Please ensure there are no lint errors or failing tests before opening a pull request.


The following excellent people helped massively with defining the original lint rules:

Also, there are plenty of great contributors to the library.


Joblint is licensed under the MIT license.

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