There is a lot of employment terminology used in help wanted advertisements that might be keeping you from pursuing excellent opportunities, don’t let this happen to you. Proceed!

One of the biggest employment terminology issues you will come across during your job search is the help wanted advertisements. Companies will say in their ads, “Strongly Prefer” “Must have” “At least 10 years experience” “Must know” or other similar phrases that might be keeping you from answering the advertisement.

These are “wish list” terms used by companies and they are not cast-in-stone. If you feel you’re qualified for the position you should apply to the position. You will also see these “wish list” terms in the education section of the help wanted ads, something you might think is “required” but again if you’re qualified for the position, answer the ad!

In my business as a professional recruiter, I don’t even pay attention to those ads. My job is to find the best possible candidate for my client. Sometimes the best candidate doesn’t have the exact degree the company is looking for or the right “requirements” they want. I bend the rules all the time with companies. Do you know why? I understand these help wanted advertisements are “wish lists” and that’s all.

Now, having said all that, if you have absolutely NO experience in what the company is looking for and you do not meet ANY of the requirements don’t apply to the position! That’s not what I am talking about. What I am saying is the employment industry has a certain terminology about it, not unlike other industries, and you should be aware of these terms when they are being used.

Most of the time these terms are being used for screening purposes, not to keep good qualified candidates away. Unfortunately, that’s what some companies are doing. Sometimes they try to be too cute in these ads and it keeps good qualified candidates from answering their help wanted advertisement. Not good.

Don’t let this inside employment terminology keep you from applying to positions. If you’re qualified, answer the advertisement. Don’t screen yourself out! Apply. Another thing to remember is, rules are broken all the time in businesses and nothing is 100%. Now go get it! I hope this helps.

Good luck to you!

Mike Palumbo