The Secrets of a Job Posting in Plain View

by Mary Foley

Are you like a number of women I've talked to recently who are fed up, unfulfilled and burnt out in their current careers and want a change?  Whether you want to move up, over or out to a more satisfying position, to a different type of work altogether, or to stop working for others and start working for yourself, this job posting has secret insights in plain view of what you need to succeed.

“Huh, a job posting?” you may be thinking.  Just follow along with me a minute.

Take a look at this actual job posting that LinkedIn put in my inbox because of my past Corporate experience:


Now, take a closer look.  Only 3 of the 16 items listed of “desired skills and experience” involve education, experience or technical skills.  Only 3 – that's just 19%!

Of the 13 remaining items, all but one have to do with highly transferable skills such as effective communication, collaboration, strategic thinking, problem-solving, being proactive and being able to manage stressful, changing situations.   That's 75%! 

All too often we think that landing a job and growing a career is primarily about our specific education or training and how many years of experience we've had in a certain area.  That's NOT what this job posting is saying.  Yes, you often need certain types of education and experience to be considered for a position.  That's an entry fee.  From there, you need all whole bunch of other skills and abilities like the ones above to make yourself truly valuable and marketable where ever you decide to take your career.

Are you deliberately developing such skills that you take with you from position to position – including the position of being your own CEO?

“The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else.  Job security is gone.  The driving force of a career must come from the individual.  Remember:  Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career,” said self-improvement expert Earl Nightingale. 

That's the secret of this job posting in plain view. 

What do you think?  Please share your thoughts.  Let's not make this a secret!


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