Is the word "challenging" a positive or negative term? Help me out...

July 21, 2010 1:42pm CST
Hi there, the reason for this question is that I am trying to use the term 'challenging' to describe a company i plan to apply for. I am going to send out a resume to them and my a part of my letter describes their company as that. do you think they would view this positively or not? If you were part of the hiring team, would you like this term to describe your company?
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@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
22 Jul 10
I would guess that it would depend as to what you are referring to as challenging. There are two ways of looking at the word as you know and for certain organisations to be described as challenging may be a positive compliment but for others the word may not suit the business, for example I would not describe a helping type environment like a child care or a therapy centre challenging without thinking negatively whereas an up market software business can benefit from the description.
@ElicBxn (61041)
• United States
21 Jul 10
I guess it really depends on what kind of business it is. I would say that a social service type business might not want to think of itself as challenging, but an educational place might. Computer places might, but a day care probably not...
@advokatku (4036)
• Indonesia
21 Jul 10
I think that's good and will make your job application letter becomes an interesting thing to read by the personnel manager of the company so that you have opened a greater opportunity to be accepted as an employee. The word "challenge'' or "challenging" is not always a negative connotation, but can be significantly positive when loaded in a style that is good and true
@sender621 (14953)
• United States
21 Jul 10
Hi kukaisiton. I guess it all depends on how you look at the word "challenging." I see it as a positive term myself. "Challenging" to me is another word for striving. Nothing can be more motivating or positive than going after something challenging.