Job descriptions for technology managers are like a laundry list of every technical skill out there. Having looked through hundreds and hundreds of job descriptions over the past 4 years, I often get discouraged because my husband will not be considered a worthy applicant due to a missing X factor. Bottom line is that he can't have every technical skill, but he does have solid management experience and common sense. Unfortunately, hiring managers are fixated on those missing X factors on his resume. We can't even get to first base often in the application process.
I write cover letters for him all the time. I try to think of every kind of persuasive twist or spin to get hiring managers to give him a shot at an interview. I hope that there will be something in the cover letter language that will expand a hiring manager's perspective about considering the full package of an applicant and not just the laundry list of skills. Once I see one of those X factor skills on a job description, I know that I'll have an uphill battle with this cover letter pitch. We do a ton of networking and we still run into that X factor wall many times. The X factor is relentless and hangs over our heads when we try and try and try to find something permanent that will pay the bills.
Looking for a job via the Internet has pros and cons. It is convenient to apply via online. However, I wish that he could walk into a place and fill out an application and actually see the hiring manager face to face. Given that opportunity, I'm sure that my husband would make the hiring manager see that a good employee and a hardworking human being is more than a series of matching X factors.
On a lighter note, I think I just have to turn my 3 boys into some kind of boy band. Now if only I could get them to follow choreography. I'm sure that my little daughter would love them to learn a few ballet steps. Picture those tutu wearing boys and little Miss Jillian saying, "Back straighter. Point those toes!" LOL.
Back to cleaning the house for the communion party. I feel like the Roadrunner. Beep! Beep!
Hope to visit you all very soon once things settle down. Hugs and love - Kelly