So here's the problem described (and resolved) in the above-linked blog post. The (hypothetical) job for a social media promoter you've seen posted lists these requirements:
- Must have a recent B.A. in English. (Check!)
- Must have work or volunteer experience editing for online publication. (Check!)
- Must be able to work flexible schedule. (Check!)
- Must type 1000 words per minute. (Whaaaaaa...?)
- Can you type 1000 words per minute? ___Yes ___No
A growing problem from the recruiters' and human resource managers' side of the desk seems to be that there are "no qualified applicants out there." But the tide is starting to turn. Those who look closer realize that the employer has written a job description which only a unicorn could fill. They're using computers to look for a totally mythical, impossible applicant. If a real human being saw the resume of a person who met all the criterion, that human being would reject the candidate--"wouldn't be willing to work for the pay we offer."
If this were medicine, they'd be saying "the operation was a success, but the patient died."
So what's a well-qualified applicant to do? How can you be that unicorn?
One answer is to engage your network. Don't apply online; rather find a human connection capable of overriding the machine. Explain (don't whine). Pitch (don't pester).