The Truth About Job Descriptions

Posted: February 5, 2024

The Job Description Dilemma

As a seasoned professional considering a career shift, you’ve faced the intimidating lists of requirements when reading job descriptions, often ruling out jobs because  they appear way out of your league. But what if I told you that these descriptions are more of a wish list than a hard-and-fast rulebook? This is your guide to navigating the subtleties of job descriptions, especially tailored for mid-career individuals seeking a significant career change.

Job Descriptions: More Aspirational than Mandatory

Many job seekers in their 30s and 40s wrongly assume they need to tick every box in a job description. However, these lists are often employers’ ideal candidate traits, not strict prerequisites. Understanding this can transform your approach to job applications.

A Three-Step Strategy for Success

  1. Aligning with Company Mission: Get clear on your personal career mission. Then, choose companies whose values resonate with your career goals and personal values.
  2. Personal Connections Matter: Leverage your network and make new connections. Remember, it’s often about who you know. Connect with an actual human being and let them know you’re interested, whether it’s someone who works at the company, or a recruiter who can help you.
  3. Active Online Engagement: Use platforms like LinkedIn to follow and engage with the companies you’re most interested in working for. Show your interest and expertise in meaningful ways.

Your Next Steps

Do you have a bunch of “yeah buts” spinning in your mind? Trust me, I’ve seen countless professionals thrive by adopting these strategies. From unexpected career shifts to landing dream roles, these stories are a testament to the power of a strategic approach to job applications.

Remember, your online presence on professional networking sites is crucial. Make sure your profile showcases your skills, experience and interests, and don’t hesitate to reach out to industry peers for recommendations and introductions.

I know what it’s like to want a new position that might feel as unique as a snowflake. My advice to you is to aim high but stay grounded. Set realistic goals while striving for that next big career leap. Remember, it’s about finding a role that brings both professional growth and personal satisfaction.

Don’t be dismayed. Remember, view job descriptions as a starting point, not a barrier. With the right mindset and strategies, you’re well-equipped to navigate your mid-career transition. Embrace the journey ahead with confidence and optimism.

Are you ready to take the next step in your career journey? Join my Facebook community for more insights, tips, and support as you navigate this exciting, albeit challenging phase of your professional life. I believe in you and I’m on this journey with you.

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