Now that you are ready to return to work, we will outline challenges you might encounter in your job search.
Job descriptions can often be riddled with barriers that you may find challenging to see beyond. Below are some job requirements that may not truly be requirements but a catchall that the company copies and pastes into every posting.
- Driver’s license and access to a car when you are working at an office. Be aware that a requirement like having a driver’s license may not actually be necessary to perform the job duties.
- The ability to lift up to 25 pounds (or some such wording). If you know you have the other more important qualifications, this may be something to ignore and if it comes up in the interview, you can discuss the possibility of redistributing lifting as a job accommodation.
Another barrier could be a lack of clarity or plain language. Sometimes the job description is peppered with industry language and vague and generalized terms (e.g. energetic self-starter). Feel free to reach out to the hiring manager to ask for clarification on the job requirements if you are unsure.
*Note: It doesn’t hurt to apply to jobs that list some barriers to you. Sometimes it is worth applying (or inquiring to HR to find out why this requirement is listed). A good rule of thumb is if you have over 70% of the requirements, and you are interested in the job, go ahead and apply. In your cover letter, you may wish address this, and clearly state how you meet the other requirements.