What is it about people and businesses that prevents them from matching a job's stated requirements with a candidate's stated qualifications? I get emails that really sound like they're from human beings saying we found your resume on Monster or LinkedIn, we have a position that sounds like it would be perfect for you, come apply on our site. And a few of them actually do sound like something I would be willing and able to do - except that the job description clearly states that applicants bust have a B.S. in computer science, or 3-5 years retail experience, or willingness to relocate to China. Nothing on my resume says I have any of that.
It's not just businesses trawling the dredges of the Internet. People I know don't get this. A friend of mine just forwarded me a job that requires me to be a native French speaker. I am many things, but I am not a native speaker of French, and I think everyone ought to know that.
A tactical question: if this seems like a job I could do, even though I don't meet the stated requirements, should I apply anyway? I would think not, but my history of career choices proves I have no idea what I'm doing.
Thinking Out Loud
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