Not long ago, I read an email from a recruiter to a candidate. It said, “Here’s a job. Interested?” I cringed. Translated in mattress terms, that would sound like, “Here’s something to sleep on. Want it?” Probably not. Translated in recruiter terms, “I am too busy to care about this position – want it?” Again, probably not.
Truthfully, we are not going to love every open job that comes across our desk – but there is always something about every opportunity that is different, or exciting, or right for someone – there is something about it to love. This is where qualifying it sets us apart from recruiters who take a bland three line job description and run with it.
“What sets this position apart – why would someone want to work here?” This question, posed to a hiring manager, can bring you some amazing feedback. Perhaps they stop work at 2:00 on Friday, have a game room, let you bring your dog to work, or pay you to take the bus. One company had a once-a-year paid group vacation! Perhaps they pay you to be certified in your area, promote from within and quickly. Whatever it is, finding out can turn a seemingly bland position into something truly special. In a candidate-driven market, this will set your position, and you, apart!