“So, just take a look at the job specification, fill out an application and we’ll be in touch. Don’t worry – everything you need is in this package”
Not to call employers liars, but they don’t always tell the truth. You see, businesses don’t want people that can follow instructions. Well, they do, yet they need independent workers and men and women with drive, essential skills, ambition and common sense. Therefore, they leave a lot to the imagination and expect people like you to read between the lines. Those sneaky SOBs!
To help you out, here are the skills they are looking for without saying a word.
Unless it’s a driving position, the majority of employers don’t state the requirement in black and white. But, it will come up in the interview before they offer you the job. Organizations don’t want people they can’t trust to make it into work on a daily basis. Public transport is unreliable, and so are the people that depend on it from Monday to Friday. Plus, the job may require you to meet with clients and conduct meetings. Anyone that jumps off a bus instantly loses their credibility in negotiations! A CDL test is a specialist qualification whereas a regular driving license is a general requirement.
A marketing firm will probably say something like “has to be able to weave compelling stories across multiple channels.” For the most part, there is nothing as pretentious in a typical job listing. Still, it doesn’t mean employers aren’t looking for storytellers – they’re just searching for a different type. Data analysts among you, for example, should be able to condense and present info in the simplest form. IT technicians have to figure out the business’s needs and convince bosses to invest. Both of these are a form of storytelling in their own right.
Okay, so this one isn’t a secret. Still, it’s imperative to mention is because of the rise in technology. Nowadays, resumes are full of tech talents as employers need modern workers. Of course, it doesn’t mean they have ditched their morals in the quest for better productivity. Today, as in the past, collaboration skills are as essential as ever before because the company is one living, breathing organism. So, along with “fluent in Microsoft Office”, applicants should provide examples of how this helped the team. Otherwise, companies don’t want to waste their time on a lost cause.
There is no hard evidence to back up the claim, yet there is feeling employees are hypersensitive. One misunderstood word and they can fly into a spiral of anger and hate. Once HR gets involved, the situation escalates out of the hands of the business, and that’s dangerous. Therefore, employers want people that can resolve issues without putting moral at risk. It may be as simple as finding a way to deal with feedback or talking respectfully to peers and colleagues.
Can you think of any skills which weren’t on the listing but that popped up regardless?