25 of the Most-Used Exclusionary Words [in Job Ads]

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Exclusionary words (aka biased language) creep their way into job descriptions more than you think.

To find the most used, I reviewed 10,000 real JDs analyzed by Ongig from February 19, 2021, to February 19, 2022.

The most-used exclusionary words fall into these bias categories:

raceageelitismsexual orientation (LGBTQ+)disabilityformer felonsmental health

The good news: our customers used Ongig to swap the exclusionary words with more inclusive replacements (with just a few clicks).

Now, on to the list:


A list of the 25 Most-Used Exclusionary Words [in job ads]

Here are 25 exclusionary words Ongig clients found (and

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