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Samantha Greenfield

The 80 & 100 percent rule of thumb


When reading job descriptions (particularly federal government job postings) you will often see required skills, preferred skills and desired skills. What does this mean?

  • Required skills, which means "You'd better have this, or don't bother applying."
  • Preferred skills, which means "We'd really like it if you know how to do this because it's important."
  • Desired skills, which means "It would be cool if you knew how to do this."

Keep this rule of thumb in mind when applying for jobs: Only apply for jobs in which you have experience in at least 80 percent of the required duties mentioned in the vacancy and which you are a 100 percent match to the minimum skill level required.

In today's highly competitive job market, employers have their choice of "cream of the crop" applicants, so spend you time and effort on applying for the jobs that are a close match for your skills and experience. I hear from folks who have applied for "hundreds of jobs" and have never gotten a response. Ask yourself if you are able to demonstrate strong skills and experience all the jobs you are applying for. If the answer is no, then chances are you will not get a response from that employer. Sorry for this negative reality check!

Winchester Workforce Center/Virginia Employment Commission Workshops Nov 30-Dec 3


  • Tuesday Nov. 30 @ 8:30 .am. - Guest speaker Dave Rodebaugh/Refuel your job search approach

  • Tuesday Nov 30 @ 9:30 a.m. - Preparing for the Interview with Emphasis on Behavioral Interview Questions

  • Wednesday Dec 1 @ 1:30 p.m. - The Mature Job Seeker/Geared toward those that feel their age is a factor in their efforts of re-employment.

  • Tuesday Dec 7 @ 8:30 a.m. - Guest speaker Jeff Michael/Manpower- Understanding the new world of temp & staffing agencies

  • Tuesday Dec 7 @ 9:30 a.m. - Mastering the Electronic Job Search-Covers online resume formatting, online networking, job boards and lots more!

Kind regards -
Sam



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