There seems to be an ongoing epidemic with job-seekers still applying for jobs they have no business applying for. Listen, I’m all for reaching for the stars and going after what you want, but some things should really be left alone. Especially, when they don’t improve your chances or your help your methods in landing a better job. I took this screen shot from a text conversation a friend and I were having, who’s looking for part time job. Her experience is pretty solid in the administrative area, however she came across a customer service role — I still never saw it to this day — and had a question about one of the expected knowledge points to have in order to apply. Kudos for her for looking up what she didn’t know and asking someone else who might (hey, I have no definitive clue as to what metrics-driven means), but her question got me thinking about how people are still looking for work. The “spray and pray method”. Apply for everything that looks shiny and hope for the best. Yes, you’d be surprised how often employers are lenient in what required skills you must have versus what they can later teach you on the job. But blindly applying is a wast e of your time and energy.
1. If you don’t know what an employer is asking for , even if it’s laid out — you can be bold and as k them. “Excuse me, my name is so-and-so and I came across a job opening with your company. I have experience in this and that and I noticed you’re asking candidates to have experience with a metric driven environment. Can you please tell me a littler more what you mean?”
Nice, if you can get someone on the phone or reply to an email. But, hey, You never know. Like I said, be bold.
2. Google it. Seriously. If you’re unsure what a job description posting is asking of you, research the net. Sites like Glass Door and Salary.com can shed a little light into explaining it further. Hell, Wikipedia it too. That shit’s on it, a great deal of the time.
3. When applying, in your cover letter, talk up all the skills that meet the requirements of that job posting. And if granted that interview, feel free to address that little bullet point there. It would be the best time bring up questions and concerns.
But if you’re applying in hopes that SOMEBODY, SOMEWHERE gives you a job. You’re gonna be really sorry in settling for anything.