DiceTV: Growing Job Descriptions – And What to do About Them

Have you noticed how companies can merge job roles with the speed it takes to collapse ten servers into one virtual machine? Nowadays, companies want database administrators who can code, software architects who can sell, or security specialists who can program. All this makes it tough for them to find someone to hire – and hard for candidates to get in the door.

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There’s no question that today technology is the business. As a result, companies are demanding IT workers who have more business skills. They want their IT strategies to be closely aligned with corporate goals. That’s fine.

But IT workers and recruiters think a lot of reqs look more like a committee’s wish list than an actionable job description.

Some tech workers say companies want people to do more multi-tasking, even when it doesn’t make sense.

But sometimes an organization really is looking for someone who can perform a variety of duties.

So, how do you decide which jobs to apply for?

Here’s a good rule of thumb. Start by applying only for positions where you can demonstrate meeting eighty percent of the requirements.

If you look at a description and it seems like pie-in-the-sky, craft your cover letter and resume so they’re as close a fit as they can be. Then hope the hiring manager will read between the lines to see the possibilities offered by your experience.

If a major requirement falls within the twenty percent you don’t have, it’s probably best not to apply for the job.

2 Responses to “DiceTV: Growing Job Descriptions – And What to do About Them”

  1. A cover letter is way overrated. If you have a strong resume, there is absolutely no need for a cover letter. I have been laid off twice in the past 3 months and been able to find a new job in 2 – 4 weeks that pays in the 60k range. I have NEVER in the past 4 years used a cover letter. It this job market, it is about getting your resume out to as many people as possible.

    I do agree that you need to read the job description and make sure you are at least 80% qualified. A cover letter is a waste of time for an online search. First, you are stressed out from losing your job and writing a letter in this situation is bad. Second, why would you write a letter as it is more tools for the employer to look at before inviting you in. Third, online job searching is about click and apply.