I look at the job descriptions posted on Indeed.com today.
I look up full-time jobs across the country. 4,545,478 job postings. I narrow this down to my city-Fort-Worth & Dallas, Texas. 89,692 job postings.
It’s good to know there are so many jobs available. Currently, we are a a low unemployment rate as low as 3.6%! That’s good news!
THE JOB MARKET IS GREAT!
It means there is demand (employers) looking for supply (employees). This is a good time for you to reflect what this means in your life. Do you want to keep working under the job titles and descriptions you have been assigned?
Are these jobs and job postings maximizing your talents and strengths?
Imagine this job posting:
XYZ company needs a person with Ideation, Relator, influencing and Communication Talents.
This job will use your ability to relate information and ideas to others in the tech industry. You will be influencing decision makers and communicating in several ways their need for out XYZ product
Imagine if we took all 4.5 million job postings, met with the employers of these companies posting and told them a huge secret that would increase their productivity, lower their attrition of talent, and give them high returns on their profits?
Wouldn’t they be excited? Wouldn’t they be clamoring to know?
ARRIVING AT YOUR NEW WORKPLACE
Imagine you arriving at a new job, and instead of the typical job description given you, there was a totally different document? It lists your unique talents and strengths which they have taken the time to find out before hiring you.
The job description isn’t a list of duties and skills but a road map of how your talents and skills will be leveraged across the organization. You will work in those talents where you shine and are high on your list.
Imagine your new supervisor understanding this, and introducing you to the team using your talents as examples of how you achieved experience and knowledge. And then imagine you are introduced to the team and find out about their talents. You understand and appreciate how you are part of this interconnected team.
JOB DESCRIPTIONS ARE NOT THE WAY TO FIND THE BEST CANDIDATE
Job descriptions are big wish lists employers use to try and get the most bang for their buck. Most people find a job description has a lot of long fancy words to describe the objectives of the job. The higher the job rank in the company, the more fancy words and descriptions (as if everyone, including the employer, has a PhD in fancy business jargon). These job descriptions go on for two-three pages with their lists.
What they fail to see is that skills are only a small part of the job. Talents are the biggest part of each job. Talent is what keeps an employee engaged. Find what kind of talents are inherent in a person are and how they have developed them into a strength, and then see the skills needed for the position (https://victoriayeary.com/blog/f/breaking-your-glass-cubicle ).
In today’s job market, we may not be able to control how employers see and post job descriptions, but you can understand how your talents can influence your decision to remain where you are and build on your talents or to look for new opportunities. If you know who you are, what your true strengths are, you choose better, communicate better and look for ways to grow your talents. You are more than a Job Description.
When employers understand this, when they begin to maximize your talents in the workplace, it will be a total win for you and for the company.