Posted by John Reed on Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 00:00
I was recently at a sporting event and noticed a really interesting dynamic outside the stadium.
On one corner, there were several people with their hands in the air holding tickets for sale. Many people walking around those individuals had their fingers in the air, indicating how many tickets they wanted to purchase. Neither group seemed to be getting what they wanted.
Maybe the ticket price was too expensive for the buyers, or the seat location wasn’t exactly what they were looking for. But the solution to their immediate challenge seemed to be staring them in the face: There is no “perfect” seat if you want to see the game, and you might have to lower a ticket price if you want to sell it.
I see this same dynamic in the job market. Many managers are focused on finding the “perfect” technology professional, and the same can be said for candidates seeking the “perfect” IT job. Yet, like the sports ticket example above, both sides often miss out while waiting for the ideal situation.
Employers, ask yourself: Are there certain candidate requirements that you could be more flexible on? For example, would you be open to a strong candidate with two years of experience instead of the five years of experience you outline in your job posting? If your salary budget for the role is $75,000, would you allow yourself to miss out on a great candidate looking for $82,000? Skilled IT pros are hard to find, and considering the value of your time, it may be worth it to pay more so you can land the right person and move onto other business challenges.
Job seekers, you may want a role that has a short commute, allows you the option to work from home some days or offers a particular salary. Are you eliminating great companies with outstanding job opportunities just because they require a longer commute? Are you passing over IT jobs that offer a modest pay increase but would afford you the opportunity to work with the latest technology on truly innovative projects? These types of tradeoffs in commute and pay could be worth it in the long run.
Don’t pass up unique job opportunities just because the online job description may not have all the “sizzle” or perks you’re looking for. Great perks aren’t everything. If you’re flexible and open-minded, you might just find yourself excited about an opportunity once you speak with the hiring manager.
When I was at the sporting event I mentioned earlier, I just wanted to yell out, “Buy a ticket, get into the game and have fun!” to those people still walking around only a few minutes before kickoff. If you’re a job seeker looking for your next role, or a hiring manager hiring for an IT job, be flexible and consider all the options. Something that might seem like an exact fit on paper could be your ticket into the game!
As always, I appreciate your comments.