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Old 09-07-2010, 12:38 PM
 
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STILL job searching. Ugh.

So, sometimes I see ads that say "MUST HAVE" fill in the blank type experience. For instance, there is a job that I fit but it says "must know financial terms" and have financial background.

I always submit but I am wondering with the zillions of people applying out there, should I still apply or move on? I mean, I imagine that someone will have that experience over me. Sometimes it takes a long time to apply for these jobs... ie. sign up on their website, fill out the online forms when I could be applying for another job that doesn't require a knowledge of "whatever"

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Old 09-07-2010, 01:29 PM
 
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I can't speak for all hiring managers and/or recruiters, but when I say "Must Have" I mean "Must Have." For qualifications that would be helpful but aren't "must haves" I generally list them in a more general list. But "must have" absolutely means must have and I look specifically for that.

For example if one of the components of a job I'm advertising is welding, I'll put "welding experience required, certification preferred." It's a very specific skill set, and if the applicant doesn't have welding experience than they aren't going to get called for an interview. We aren't requiring certification, but it will give a leg up if we have two otherwise identically qualified candidates.
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Old 09-07-2010, 01:42 PM
 
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What about "preferred"?
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Old 09-07-2010, 01:57 PM
 
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What about "preferred"?
Preferred means just that.

Sometimes I'll have a laundry list of skills I'd find in a dream applicant, but am realistic to know that chances are slim that I'll find someone that has everything on the list.

For example, "Must have BA in accounting, a minor in finance is preferred" or "Must have five years office management experience, associate degree in business administration/management preferred."

Not having soemthing that is "preferred" won't neccessarily disqualify you if you've got other top-notch qualifications to offer.
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