Stupid Job Requirements and the Stupid People Who Write Them (Job-search/resume tip)

“Candidate must have 10 years in social media”

“Candidate must have five years experience developing Web 3.0 applications”

“Candidate must have taken a start-up to a $100M company in five years”

“Candidates must be able to travel back in time” (just kidding but you get the point)

I love reading job-requirements where it is clear that neither the company and/or the recruiter has no idea what they are looking for by listing skills that simply do not exist.    Yes, web 3.0 or  10-years in social media may sound sexy.  But WTF?   The other requirements that I like are for a person, whom, if they met these requirements, would almost certainly never be interested in the role that is being offered.  If you can take a company from $0-$100M then you do not need a recruiter and you probably wouldn’t be interested in taking a sales-director role at some unknown company.

The downside of this (for job-seekers) is that these recruiters/companies will not work with someone who doesn’t have these skills on their resume.  So it doesn’t matter that you are very successful or are generally a great fit for the role, without ‘Web 3.0’ your resume ends up in the same circular file as everyone else.

4 thoughts on “Stupid Job Requirements and the Stupid People Who Write Them (Job-search/resume tip)

  1. “The downside of this (for job-seekers) is that these recruiters/companies will not work with someone who doesn’t have these skills on their resume.”

    This isn’t necessarily true. If they only receive applications from people that don’t meet their unrealistic expectations, they will be forced to hire somebody who is “less” qualified than the original job description. Otherwise, the job will never get filled. This happens all the time, which is why it doesn’t hurt to apply for a job where you meet most (but not all) of the qualifications. Oftentimes their ideal candidate just doesn’t exist, so they have to lower their expectations a bit.

    • Sara, you are right and this post was written with Tongue in Cheek and designed to make people think about some of the absurdity of Job posts. Thanks for reading our blog posts. Barry

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