EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

From Doug Fine, Co-Chairman, The FENG, Doug writes:

When my firm, The FECG, LLC posts job assignments in the nightly newsletter – both for consulting and for “permanent” positions, I frequently find the same member applying for several different opportunities during the same week or several week period. Often these openings are vastly different in terms of title, responsibility and even compensation level. Perhaps they are even in very different industries. In some cases there may be two opportunities from the same client where many of the same people apply for both jobs when one is clearly a much higher level position.

I would use the analogy of throwing darts – lots of darts – and hoping a couple actually hit the target. But I highly recommend extra caution when doing this. The recipient of your applications may view you as doing just that, i.e. responding to anything and everything and therefore may not take you seriously for any opening and simply dismiss you altogether. And when you apply for two jobs at the same time and one is clearly a much higher level position, I must assume that you are a better fit for the lower position as you are obviously ready and willing to assume that role. You are telling me, the recruiter, that you fit the lower position but would be “willing” to step up to the higher role too.

If a job says “CPA required”, the lack of the credential will almost certainly cause you to be excluded. You might have a shot if you have significant experience in the exact same industry, are local and otherwise meet all of the requirements except the CPA. But otherwise it is usually not a good idea to apply.

The shotgun approach diminishes your qualifications and therefore your candidacy in the eyes of the recipient. You should carefully review the job specifications and apply for positions for which you are truly a strong fit. Just being able to do the job is just not enough. There are thousands of our members who could do the jobs posted in our newsletter. The question is whether you are truly the best fit and really the person that the company is looking for. But if throwing darts is your “thing”, please use caution – you may be hurting yourself in the process.

Regards, Doug

Doug Fine, Managing Partner
(203) 820-8343

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