What Exactly Does That Job Posting Mean

What Exactly Does That Job Posting Mean

“How can I get experience, when every job requires at least 3 years of experience.” This question is often asked with a hint of sarcasm by job seekers who are looking to apply for a new job. A job posting can seem filled with language that’s hard to understand and process. The truth is, a lot of companies, just like job seekers, make their jobs look as good as they can.

 

So how can you figure out exactly what employers are looking for? If the ad says must have 1-3 years experience, what does that mean?

Motivated Team-Player

Many job postings have terms you hear only in job ads and nowhere else. Terms like “Motivated team-player or “Customer-focused self-starter”. What do these things even mean? Careerealism has a funny look at what each of these mean. Here are a couple of  examples:

 

Resourceful, Independent Self-Starter

Since we have absolutely no time or resources to train you, we expect you to figure everything out for yourself… quickly.

Attentive To Details

We have strict policies and procedures and won’t hesitate to blame you for everything if you make a mistake.

 

While Careerealism is having some fun here, there’s a little bit of truth to it. Just like a lot of job seekers who come up with interesting ways to explain their skills, job ads also have a tendency to butter up what skills they are looking for. Most of these terms usually just mean the job posting is looking for a hard worker who is able to keep on task.

Opportunity for Growth

When reading the job description itself, pay careful attention to a variety of buzzwords like “Opportunity for growth.” While at the outset that sounds promising, make sure to take a moment and consider what else that might mean. Phrases like this can often have a deeper meaning.

 

Most of the time, a job is what you make of it. Every job has the opportunity for growth, in every position you’ll have to work with others and by yourself. Find the things that separate this job from the next one to get a better sense of whether this job is the right one for you.

The Requirements

This is where we’ll usually find that pesky “1-3 years of experience” line. CNN points out that the language used can help you better understand how serious you should take each one.

“When a job listing says ‘required,’ it’s a lot firmer. Employers are trying to narrow the field,” says Tom Allen, director of career services at DeVry University in Decatur, Georgia.

A skill that’s listed as “preferred” is not necessarily essential for a candidate to have.”

 

Allen also notes that if you have around 80% of the stated requirements you’re in an excellent position to apply for the position. Employers aren’t expecting someone who perfectly matches every requirement and description. They’re looking for someone close to that.

 

So even if you don’t have the 1-3 years of experience, but you do have a number of the other required skills, apply for the job!

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Find Your Lost Motivation

Find Your Lost Motivation

All of us deal with stress sometimes and sometimes stress is good. It pushes us forward, in a way it can give us sustenance– but that’s only in short bursts. Prolonged stress is another thing altogether.  Lost motivation.

 

Prolonged stress leads to illness. It drains our motivation as effectively as a leak in a balloon. When you feel the heavy weight of stress bearing down on you, there are a few simple things you can do to bring yourself back to center.

 

Remember you are not meant to be “on” 24/7

With smart phones and texting and emails and the thousand other ways we have to stay in touch with each other, we sometimes forget about the importance of taking a break. If you don’t turn off regularly you will burn out.

 

Make time for things that make you happy. Maybe that’s volunteering in a pet shelter, maybe it’s spending a whole day with a good book, maybe it’s making a great dinner. Joyful times, whether they be moments or hours can help you fid your way back to lost motivation.

 

Acknowledge your worries

Sometimes we tell others what we’re worried about, but a lot of the time we keep our worries to ourselves. If you have someone you feel like you can confide in, that’s great, but even if you don’t you can still release some of your stresses by writing them down.

 

Once you’ve got them out in the open on a piece of paper, take them on, one at a time. Maybe there’s a project you’re procrastinating on. If that’s the case then give yourself defined steps for getting it done. Putting an action plan in motion is motivating.

 

If you realize there’s nothing you can do to alleviate the problem, for instance if you’re worrying about someone in your family and there’s nothing you can do then give yourself permission to let it go. Worry won’t change the situation. Letting go of worries you’ve been carrying around gives motivation space to return.

 

Remember the power of your breath

When we’re stressed out we forget how centering it is to simply stop what we’re doing and breath. Take one minute away from whatever it is that’s got you all wound up and take breathe deeply.

 

Get outside

Ever notice how a short walk can totally change your perception? The solution to a problem you’ve been mulling over for hours suddenly seems so crystal clear when you take it for a walk or a run. Sometimes the simplest things can be the greatest motivators.

Be A Motivating Manager

Be A Motivating Manager

Motivated coworkers will create and build a strong, successful organization.  A motivating manager does several things to create a positive, nourishing atmosphere.

 

Have clearly defined roles

Make sure people understand what’s expected of them. You can’t expect them to deliver a top performance if they’re unclear about any aspect of the position. Don’t try and keep them in a box, give them room to grow and innovate. But also don’t expect them to figure out the finer points of their job through osmosis or trial and error. Give them a solid foundation from which to build their career.

 

Company identity

Have a strong company identity. Bring your personality and aspirations into the company. Give people who work with you something to identify with. Motivating managers create an innovative, interesting core others want to be part of. Instead of feeling like another cog in a wheel they feel like part of something unique and vibrant.

 

Provide plenty of opportunities for training and improvement

Empower people by helping them empower themselves. Provide opportunities for training and mentoring. Bring experts into the office to share their experiences and knowledge, but also don’t forget about emerging experts.

 

Often some of the best people to train new people are others who have recently gone through the experience themselves. Trials and obstacles are still fresh in their minds. The excitement about having recently moved on to the next level of development is contagious and encouraging for people coming up the ranks.

 

Don’t skimp on compensation

Compensation isn’t only financial. It’s also verbal in terms of praise and demonstrative in terms of recognition through increased responsibilities. If someone’s doing a great job, a motivating manager will help them  to do an even greater job by acknowledging their accomplishments. People who feel valued and acknowledged will far and away outperform people who don’t.

Share A Little Of What You’re Good At

Share A Little Of What You're Good At

 

Quincy Jones has had the sort of career most people don’t even bother to dream of – because it seems too spectacular to be true. 79 Grammy Award nominations (and 28 Grammys). First black American (along with partner Bob Russell) to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song – for The Eyes of Love from the movie Banning. He also became the first black American to be nominated twice in the same year with another nomination for his score of the film In Cold Blood. He was the first African American to be the musical director and conductor of the Academy Awards ceremony in 1995. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, Jones was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century.

 

Share a little share a lot

Quincy Jones is a music man. Passionate about music and entertainment. He didn’t share a little of what he was good at with the world, he shared everything he had and look at the stupendous impact he had.

 

You may already know what you’re good at. Maybe you know you’re a good artist or good with math or good at organizing people. If you already know then go ahead and share a little of it, make a picture for someone, help a friend with math, volunteer to help organize an event close to your heart.

 

Everyone is good at something

You may think you’re average in just about everything. Even if that’s what you think, it isn’t true. Have you considered listening skills? The ability to make people smile? A certain way with animals? Each of us plays at least a single note of potential. By sharing a little of our individual music we can create a harmonious wonderful world for all to enjoy.