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Apply for Jobs with Ridiculous Descriptions


Robby

A while back here on IndyAtWork, my fellow blogger Laura Neidig put together a few posts about job descriptions. It turns out that HR directors and managers everywhere (not just here in Central Indiana) have a tendency to write job descriptions that border on the ridiculous.

In Laura’s first piece she begged people to dial back the job description. There she notes:

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.

In a follow up piece, she advises employers:

Job descriptions should follow the ABC method of writing: accuracy, brevity and clarity.

Also: Run your job description by a few people to see if it makes sense to them. There are perfectly good words out there that would cause far less confusion.

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So what should you do when you encounter these crazy job descriptions in the wild? Apply anyway. The person writing the description is more than likely throwing a bunch of skills and requirements in there just in case. Or, they are taking all of the random things the previous person learned over the years and putting them on a list.

Worst of all, they may be combining two or more old job descriptions into one big dream.

What should you do? Apply anyway.

Ultimately, there are no candidates who can do everything on the job description. Even if it seems ridiculous, you should apply. Even if you feel a little unqualified, you should apply.

It may seem like you’re overwhelming the hiring manager, but that’s not your concern.

If the job description seems ridiculous, apply. You just might get an interview—which is a chance to gently discuss why the job description doesn’t make any sense.

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About the Blogger: Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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