I think I have had the following conversation every day at least twice a day for the past six months with clients, corporate Recruiter and HR friends and search firm colleagues.
Upon receiving a job order, job description or hiring summary:
FRIEND: Huh... what do you mean “Huh”?
ME: This is... a lot
FRIEND: What so you mean?
ME: It seems you want someone who can fly (like Superman), speak 4 languages, juggle (while blindfolded) and have six pack abs.
ME: What or who are you really looking forward?
FRIEND: What do you mean?
ME: Forget this job description... what or who are you really looking for?
FRIEND: Oh, we are looking for...
By the time FRIEND gets done describing the person and skill set needed what I send back to them rarely looks like the job description I received.
So do yourself, me, your hiring managers and job seekers a favor...
Read the job description and ask yourself, is this really who we are looking for?
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