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Old 01-30-2016, 06:36 PM
 
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For instance, if you come across someone who IS doing said job, you could ask them, is this part of the description really needed or is it just fluff. That way, you'd know if you could apply if you meet less than the required qualifications. While it would be the best idea to find someone who works at the same location and company, and, barring that, the same company, would it help at all to ask someone who does a similar job at any company just to get a general idea of what you'd have to do?
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Old 01-30-2016, 06:44 PM
 
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For instance, if you come across someone who IS doing said job, you could ask them, is this part of the description really needed or is it just fluff. That way, you'd know if you could apply if you meet less than the required qualifications. While it would be the best idea to find someone who works at the same location and company, and, barring that, the same company, would it help at all to ask someone who does a similar job at any company just to get a general idea of what you'd have to do?
Absolutely, as in generic terms that's called networking. There is also another term "Picking their Brain", which means attempting to learn the ropes and understanding of the requirements, demands of the job..not to mention the political drawbacks..given how many jobs these days are micro-managed..and who you know and how THAT directly affects promotions etc....Been there done that too...

What's the harm?? This person you speak of is a passing one OR someone with a personal connection to yourself?? Either way..depending on how you approach..could help + right on down to VALUABLE incites!! Best of luck
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Old 01-31-2016, 04:50 AM
 
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Ask more about how working for the company is, what the company is looking for with the position, what goals are they looking to meet and such.

Don't just go down each bullet point on an application and ask if this is needed, or not needed. The company might throw in a few "unnecessary" items in because they want someone with those skills so they can build talent and promote from inside later on. If so, they might hire and then over time train/teach those extra skills they are looking for.

Reaching out to people who work that job is a good idea, asking them if you should apply is not. You are wasting the networking opportunity if that's all you want out of them.
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