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Let’s Dial Back the Job Description


Laura

I would imagine that I’m in good company.  Every day, people lose their job as positions are eliminated and budgets shrink.  That doesn’t make the job search experience any more palatable.

I joined the ranks of the unemployed about 3 weeks ago.  I’m looking for jobs in Indianapolis. Since then, I’ve made a couple observations: I think the fact I’ve not heard from some former co-workers is a form of survivor’s guilt.  On the flip side, I’ve been incredibly touched by emails, cards, phone calls and time spent over a coffee or a beer by people whom until this happened, I considered merely acquaintances.  Their sentiments have helped me get through what is a not-so-pleasant but necessary by-product of losing one’s job:  looking for another.

In doing just that, I’ve come to the conclusion that there must be a course that HR managers all attend:  “How to Craft a Job Descriptions with Unrealistic Expectations.”  I understand everyone is doing more with less, but some of these descriptions make me tired just reading them.

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I’m looking for work in marketing, public relations, media relations or promotions.  What often begins as a reasonable description of duties takes a turn down the path of what would surely be the road to burn-out. Lists of job requirements with 25 or more tasks are the norm.  The most prevalent practice is to include a myriad of software and other specialized skills:  graphic design, video editing, photo editing, fundraising software, web design and more.

Indy is ripe with a plethora of talented creative types.  My advice to employers?  Hire them.  These wonderfully imaginative people have spent years honing their craft.  Your print collateral, imaging, video and website will look and function markedly better for it.  Making sure your project is done right by the right professional is important.  You’ll enjoy greater productivity in your employees who are not trying to be a jack-of-all-trades.

My advice to job seekers?  If you see a skill listed as ‘required’ and it’s a skill you just don’t have, apply anyway.  It may be something an employer is willing to pay for you to receive training in, or something you can easily learn yourself.   It may also be something that is not integral to the job at all.  Be inquisitive!  You have just as much at stake by asking questions as does the employer.  Ask the right questions, and you may be surprised to find you’re more qualified than you thought!

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About the Blogger: Laura Neidig works for the Riley Children's Foundation as Senior Communications Officer. She also serves as Marketing Liaison with the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and is a 4-time Emmy award winner.

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