Do Companies Expect People to Have Those Big Laundry List of Skills? |

I mean, really. Do you think they make this stuff up?

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The question I received from someone is, "Do companies expect people to have those big laundry list of skills?" Big laundry list! Ooooh! Have you ever seen a big laundry list? I certainly haven't. Maybe it is something that has disappeared. But, have you ever seen a laundry list? But I digress.

The answer is, "YES!" That is why the word, "REQUIREMENTS," precedes it. It is required. So, when they list 6 things, 8 things, doing things, 95 times out of 100, they are being explicit with what they want. Why do you ignore that? Because you want to work there? Because you have 3 of the 6? Or you have 12? And you think that is enough? They disagree. They know what they are looking for and they put it there.

Now there is an area where they may say pluses or preferences, where they include things that are tiebreakers to them. This indicates that it is not an absolute requirement to them, but we are going to use it as a tiebreaker when we are looking at different people. Thus, the requirements area, most of the time, is exactly that… Most of the time. The requirements are required; the pluses break the time. There are exceptions and we will never know. They probably don't need all 12 of those things and will probably settle for 10 . . . But they never settle for 3. Do you know what I mean? They never drop down from 12 to 3. You would have to noticed that that job has been up for quite some time good may be there because they have just forgotten to take it down.

So, the fact of the matter is that when a recruiter, when a company, places and head, they are trying to be as clear as possible about what the job is going to be like and what is good be needed from their vantage point for someone to be qualified to be hired. Everything else is you wishing and hoping that everything else it is less necessary and that you can squeeze in there and be considered . . . And you are not.

So let's stop kidding ourselves. Just focus in on those things that you are actually qualified for.

They are looking for someone with 20 years of experience. I have 3. Do you think this will work? This happens all the time! I used to hate that. What I did recruiting. People just would ignore what I have listed in the head and told themselves, "I want to do this I can do this." Then, they would submit a resume.

Don't do this. If you do, you are just a spammer.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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