So you are not really happy with your current position and you are starting to sniff around. You might go to Monster and check out some of the jobs that are posted there. You may check out some companies’ websites and see what open positions they have. Regardless of how you go about looking for a new job though, you will run into job descriptions. There may be a few job descriptions out there that excite you and motivate you to apply because you can totally see yourself working for a company that writes such a perfect job description for you; however, the majority of them will cause your eyes to glaze over and probably bring on a few face splitting yawns.
Bear with us, there is reason to our insanity when it comes to job descriptions. When recruiting for any position, but in particular for technical positions, we must pull together something that provides some guidance to job seekers. And while I am at it, I will be completely honest and admit that sometimes I get the requirements for the position and realize I have no clue what the manager is talking about. But the manager asked for it so it gets incorporated into the job description.
Job descriptions can be incredibly useful if you know what you are looking for. They should give a feel of the company, the job and even the team. I am sure you have all seen those blogs or websites that provide humorous takes on particular phrases, and admittedly some of those have a ring of truth to it. Yes, sometimes seeing the term “start-up company” can be a rather unsubtle hint that the compensation package maybe more creative than you had bargained for. “Team Player” can indicate that your team may be challenging and difficult to get along with or…it might mean that the manager wants someone who can play nice with others, because mean people do not do very well in that environment.
The job description does describe the ideal candidate, and really, we do not expect to see the ideal, but we do want a person who fits the job description. For example, if the job description asks for 5-7 years in C/C++, and you have 3 years of C/C++, then by all means apply. If you have 0 years in C/C++, then do not apply. The skills are listed there for a reason.
Since you are reading this, you may be on the Rogue Wave website. If so, check out our careers section. You might read a job description on there that appeals to you, and if you do, send us your resume.