They’re written for robots. Or cogs. When a committee or hiring manager develops a job description, they determine what needs they have and what type of work they will need the new employee to do. They aren’t thinking of you specifically, but rather of a general type of skillset that they would need a cog to come in and contribute to keep the machine running.
When you get hired, they are simply saying, “This person has the baseline skillset that we need to do the job.” However, if you come in and become robotic in your execution of the job description as it is written you sacrifice the most important part — you.
Yes, you need to do the basics of the job exceptionally well. But at some point the time will come for you to add additional value to the role and do it in a different way — in the way YOU would do it.
The job description defines WHAT needs to be done. Your values are WHO you are bringing to the role and WHY you do it and your strengths are HOW you get the job done.
Don’t get sucked into the trap of becoming the job description. Do the job description, but do it your way, according to who you are.
Rest assured that who you bring to the job is enough or they wouldn’t have hired you in the first place. Wow them by adding value above and beyond the job description. The easiest way to do that? Bring your whole self to work every day.
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