What really goes on in the room where job ads are written?
I saw a listing for a security specialist the other day. It listed a bunch of high-level requirements and looked interesting, though I noticed they also said “heavy attention to detail.” Is that a realistic expectation for someone who has a more strategic thinking mind? Can you “pay close attention to detail” and “see the big picture” on a regular basis? Don’t people tend to have a pull toward one or another?
Maybe I am just a slacker, but as I go on in my career, I am agreeing more and more with the “Strengths” movement that I should focus on my strengths and spend a lot less time wrestling with my weaknesses. While some attention to detail is clearly necessary in any job, I am not convinced that I will ever be as detail focused as someone who thrives on that.
Do you have thoughts on this? Am I wacko or are the job listings?
It’s called the “kitchen sink” approach to job ads. They are usually written by personnel jockeys after they “review” a manager’s requirements and “add” their “insights” about the company’s needs. They throw in everything they think the company “wants.” Big small candidates are perfect because they satisfy two important company goals (in many companies).
Ever go to an interview and realize that the job you read about in the ad has little to do with what the manager wants to talk about?
Bingo. You’re not applying for a job. You’re applying for an ad. Problem is, managers are trying to fill a job. And personnel deparments don’t hire security specialists. They only hire other personnel jockeys. Ooops.