Should You Apply for a Position if You Don’t Meet One Requirement?

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July 28, 2014

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A note from DHSI: Have you ever come across a job posting that you felt was perfect for you but you did not meet all of the requirements? As a matter of fact, you realize you are only missing one requirement but you are good in every other area and you KNOW you would do really well in that position. What did you do? What SHOULD you do? This article should be used as a guidance in helping you to determine whether or not you should go ahead and apply for that kind of job.

I just got an email from a client wondering if she should apply for a job that is right in her area of expertise and experience. She doesn’t have one of the required qualification, however. So she wondered if she should bother applying.

I advised her to apply, based on my knowledge of the hiring process (and my own experiences hiring and recruiting many, many people). Remember, we’re talking about a single qualification. She meets the other 9 requirements, and has an award-winning record of success doing exactly what the job requires (it’s making children’s television). If she didn’t meet the other 9 requirements, I would have counseled her to think again. Because there is nothing more annoying to recruiters than applications from people who clearly didn’t read the job description and are unqualified for at least half the job. (If anyone wonders why Applicant Tracking Systems are so popular, this is a great reason – it screens out the 50-75% of applicants who don’t meet at least 75-80% of the job’s requirements.)

Here’s why I think she should apply. Most job descriptions are nets for a fishing expedition. Employers will design a job description for their ideal candidate (based almost solely on their knowledge of their own needs) and then go fishing in the market to see who bites.

SelectrightCandidateThe pool of candidates is then assessed, and what they find becomes another data point. Perhaps they only find people who have either children’s television production experience OR live television experience (honestly, I think to have both would be extremely rare, since there isn’t a lot of live children’s television since Captain Kangaroo). They will then decide who has most of the qualifications (a computer system will be programmed to select candidates who meet 80% or 75% or 90% of the required qualifications) and choose who to interview from that group.

The winnowing process continues during initial interviews, when employers see who has real qualifications and interest in the job, plus the likelihood of fitting into the culture. The rest are “noes.” The next step in the fishing expedition is continued interviews and hopefully getting the pool of candidates down to 1 slam-dunk or 2 pretty-damn-close people. CandidatestandOutSlam-dunk is easy – that person meets most of the requirements, fits in perfectly with the company culture, probably was recommended by someone, has demonstrated success in a similar job, has the right compensation requirements, and everyone agrees that this would be a great person to add to the team. Two “pretty-damn-close” candidates is a little tougher, because neither one meets every requirement, one has a culture or personality issue and the other has a skills issue, and the stakeholders are divided. In that case, a boss will make the decision, usually in favor of the person who has more skill (which is a mistake in my opinion, but easier to justify).

Something else may happen during the hiring process: the pool of candidates is so clearly not the right pool that the job is withdrawn and the description rewritten to more accurately pitch the job and be more attractive to the right candidates. Or the pool is pretty good, but it becomes clear that while there are great people out there, they don’t meet all of the requirements. In that case, the job could be withdrawn and the position description rewritten. Or the job could be redrawn to fit the very small pool of top candidates. The employer would base that decision on a couple of things: a few candidates are fantastic culture fits and have an amazing track record of success, so they would be great additions to the team; or one or two candidates bring something unexpected to the table and cause a whole rethinking of possibilities.

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The truth about hiring is that every successful hire will adapt the job to his/her strengths, interests and circumstances. So every job description is a wish list. You have to start somewhere, so that’s where an employer has to start.

What are your thoughts? Feel free to share in the comments section and/or share this post with your network. You never knew who might be in this predicament!

Let’s continue to shine, Everyone!

~DHSI

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Julie Erickson

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40 Tourist Scams to Avoid This Summer (infographic)

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Have you run across any tourist scams? Know of anybody who has? Share with our readers so that we are all made aware!

Let’s continue to shine, Everyone!

~DHSI

If you would like to unearth more secrets that you need to know about your career or your next interview, http://www.diamondhospitalityblog.com is THE place to be. We also share hospitality & travel information, as well as uplifting & inspiring posts. Subscribe to our blog and share it with your network. Visit http://www.diamondhospitalityservices.com to see what we are about. We are here to help and inspire!

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Harry Peters
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Failures: What We Discover About Ourselves

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July 23, 2014

By: E. Rucker

 

Failures

Wow! Powerful quote, huh?

Just ponder this thought for a second: It is during our FAILURES that we discover our true desire for SUCCESS.

What usually happens when you fail? Sometimes you give up, right? So, did you want it bad enough? You did? Then why did you give up at the first failure? Or even the second failure? Did you even make it to a third failure? Remember how many times Thomas Edison worked on the light bulb before finally getting it right? It is rumored that he “failed” 10,000 times. He wanted it bad enough and the same applies to you, too!

Diamond Hospitality’s owner, Erica R., had a goal of 50 full *no rest* push ups by August 3. She kept failing at 44 push ups and then finally hit 45. However, she kept pushing on until, one day, she went from 45 to 50 in one shot. She wanted success and pushed through all the failed attempts and made it work!

How bad do you want it? How bad do you want success? If you give up at the first sign of failure, you obviously did not want success bad enough. If you want success, then stop giving up when you fail!

Let’s continue to shine, Everyone!

~DHSI

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The Top Five Career-Destroying Blunders New Grads Make

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July 21, 2014

new-grads-body-061113You live at the most exciting of times. You were born at the dawn of a new era, and are part of the first generation to grow up with the technology that is now shaping every aspect of life throughout the globe. The opportunities in your future are limited only by your willingness to pursue them.

You are also at the start of what will be a 50-year work life and will likely change jobs about every four years. In addition, you may well have three or more distinct careers during your lifetime. However, by the time you hit 50, age and wage discrimination will kick in, and upwards of 8-of-10 of you will be forced out of the corporate world before you reach 60.

The years between today and your 50th birthday will flash by before most of your peers have recognized that an intelligent career strategy is needed – and it’s needed today, right now; not thirty years from now. By then, it’s too late.

The only certainty about your future in this age is that change will be constant in your work. To get what you want out of life—to live a life that is both financially stable and fulfilling—demands that you take control of your destiny and invest yourself intelligently in bringing your dreams to life. Here are the five biggest career-destroying blunders that new grads make:

Blunder #1. Trusting that someone will be there to kiss your boo-boos.

You have crossed the final bridge into adulthood and now you have what you always wanted: independence. Whether you fail or succeed in life, it is now entirely up to you to chart a course for your career, set your goals, and pursue and achieve them.

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You are the master of your fate and the future, at last, is in your own hands. You will begin to see who the winners and losers of your generation will be over the next eighteen months by how seriously they work at launching a professional career.

Blunder #2. Believing that your degree entitles you to a job.

No one really cares about what you want. Instead, you have to decide on a target job, learn about that job, and go get it. No one in corporate America has the time or inclination to find you a great job based on your degree and your personal objectives.

Five years from now, the most successful members of your generation will be those who learned about how resumes are built, how to integrate social networking into job search strategies to land interviews, and how to turn those job interviews into offers. These are the skills that pay the bills.

Blunder #3. Failing to understand that successful careers don’t happen by accident.

Ten years from now, some of your current peers will already be failing because they believed that a successful career was something that just happened to nice, hard-working people.

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On the other hand, the most successful members of your generation will be the ones who learned how to guide the trajectory of a professional career by learning how to make a job secure, and to identify, pursue and earn promotions. These are the people who took the time to learn when and how to make a strategic career move at the right time and on their own agenda.

Successful careers don’t happen by accident; the most important skills for survival and success in the professional world are learning to anticipate and navigate the twists and turns of a long career.

Blunder #4. Trying to become an entrepreneur, failing, and never trying again.

Everyone dreams of living life on their own terms, and many young grads take a shot. All too often their efforts are met with failure that usually stems from lack of practical business skills.Then, having failed, they never try again. Yet, almost all entrepreneurs fail before they succeed.

Twenty years from now the most successful members of your generation will be the ones who pursued a successful core professional career and simultaneously used every day as on-the-job-training (OJT) to make their entrepreneurial efforts successful.

Blunder #5. Thinking that you’re young and have plenty of time.

PresentTimeYou get this one shot at life. There are no do-overs and there is no time to waste. It is always later than you think, and as you inevitably age, time compacts.

You can guarantee yourself a place, right now, as one of the most successful members of your generation by changing the way you look at adult life. Success doesn’t just happen because you want it. You have to treat professional life as the serious business it is and start dealing with the management of your career as a business.

Start to think of yourself as Me, Inc.: a financial entity that must survive over the long haul, using your corporate jobs to teach you business and how to make Me, Inc. operate objectively in your best long-term interests, so that ultimately you learn to get what you want out of life—and get it on your own terms.

Let’s continue to shine, Everyone!

~DHSI

If you would like to unearth more secrets that you need to know about your career or your next interview, http://www.diamondhospitalityblog.com is THE place to be. We also share hospitality & travel information, as well as uplifting & inspiring posts. Subscribe to our blog and share it with your network. Visit http://www.diamondhospitalityservices.com to see what we are about. We are here to help and inspire!

About the Author

Martin Yate, CPC, author of Knock ‘em Dead: Secrets & Strategies for Success in an Uncertain World, is a New York Times and international bestseller of job search and career management books. He is the author of 11 job search and career management books published throughout the English speaking world and in over 50 foreign language editions. Over thirty years in career management, including stints as an international technology headhunter, head of HR for a publicly traded company and Director of Training and Development for an international employment services organization.

Awesome Places to Visit for a Weekend Getaway

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July 18, 2014

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The key to a successful weekend getaway is choosing a spot that’s close enough to reach with a minimum of travel time but far enough away so that you feel as if you’re getting away from the everyday grind. Whether your idea of a perfect weekend getaway involves many possibilities for family fun, romantic interludes or natural beauty, chances are you can find a just-right destination near your corner of the country.

In the South

Wander winding trails through ancient forests in the Smoky Mountains, where you can rustle up action-packed fun in little tourist towns such as Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or Sevierville in Tennessee or just chill in a riverside mountain cabin. If a cosmopolitan escape is your ideal, head for New Orleans, where you can explore quirky shops and galleries, tour historic museums and dine on down-home and upscale Louisiana favorites like jambalaya and muffaletta. For a beach escape, head to one of the little towns on the Gulf Coast, such as Orange Beach, Alabama, where you can play a round of golf, hit the amusement park and chow down on fresh seafood when you aren’t lounging on the white sand beaches.

In the Northeast

The re-created 19th century seafaring village in the little port town of Mystic, Connecticut, offers numerous activities to keep families busy for a long weekend, including the chance to explore an authentic whaling ship. Stroll through marshes, dunes and tidal flats along the protected seashore of Plum Island — a barrier island just off Massachusetts’ northern coast. The Hellcat Interpretive Trail has signs to help you identify some of the rare birds and plants you may spot on the island. If you crave the city life, head for Washington, D.C. — shuttles and trains make getting there easy, and D.C.’s public transportation system lets you go car-free if you’re staying in the city proper. With museums and restaurants a-plenty, D.C. offers a smorgasbord of entertainment options for visitors.

In the Midwest

If you’re looking for a city getaway, consider Kansas City. With a stylish and recently revamped downtown, lovely urban outdoor spaces and museums and plenty of live jazz and blues music options, Kansas City offers options for vacation fun. If you’re longing for the beach, visit Saugatuck, Michigan, on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. In addition to the beach, Saugatuck is home to a thriving arts community. The little towns along the western bank of the Mississippi River in Missouri — known as the Great River Road — are sandwiched between conservation areas and prime spots for bird-watching. Don’t miss the chance to visit author Mark Twain’s boyhood home in Hannibal.

In the WestJoshua Tree National Park is just a couple of hours from Los Angeles by car.Joshua Tree National Park is just a couple of hours from Los Angeles by car.

Joshua Tree, Calif., is just a little more than two hours drive from downtown Los Angeles, but this rugged desert landscape feels a world away from city streets. Whether you take a tour, explore on foot or just soak in a mineral tub and take in the view, you’ll find the scenery transporting. Explore a cleaned-up, kid-friendly version of the Old West in Prescott, Ariz., where your children can try a swig of sarsaparilla in a saloon or saddle up on horseback to ride in Prescott National Park. For an urban escape, consider San Jose, Calif., where the charming Spanish-style architecture, historical museums and many restaurants will keep you busy all weekend.

Let’s continue to shine, Everyone!

~DHSI

If you would like to unearth more secrets that you need to know about your career or your next interview, http://www.diamondhospitalityblog.com is THE place to be. We also share travel information and uplifting & inspiring posts, as well. Subscribe to our blog and share it with your network. Visit http://www.diamondhospitalityservices.com to see what we are about. We are here to help and inspire!

About the AuthorHolly Roberts is an award-winning health and fitness writer whose work has appeared in health, lifestyle and fitness magazines. Roberts has also worked as an editor for health association publications and medical journals. She has been a professional writer for more than 10 years and holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in literature.

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Thought for the Day: Hanging on

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Thought4theDay2If you want to be successful in all that you do, you must not EVER let go! Even when it looks as if you might fail, learn through the process you are going through but never ever let go. Sometimes you might have to readjust things but that is a part of reaching success: it is never a straight and narrow path. Your breakthrough is just around the corner so hang on! Give it just one….more….try!

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. ~Thomas Edison

Let’s continue to shine, Everyone!

~DHSI

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35 Ways to Add More Inspiration to Your Life!

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July 16, 2014

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Would you like to Add More Inspiration to Your Life?

Living an inspired and joyful life is an everyday decision. It’s the little things you do consistently that make the biggest impact on your life. Decide to do just one positive thing everyday and see how good you feel by the end of the month. Time is passing so enjoy it by adding some fun and joy to your day.

Here is a basic list of 35 Ways to Add More Inspiration to Your Life. Give them a try to come up with more on your own.

Dream bigger than you think is possible
Exercise everyday
Laugh and play
Have goals
Share your love
Share your talents
Share your strengths
Give value to others
Try something new
List 5 things that you are grateful for
Smile at a stranger

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Spend time in nature
Play with a puppy or kitten
Hold a baby
Do something that scares you
Pamper yourself – get a massage
See your chiropractor
Shut off the TV
Breath deeply
Start a journal
Host a party for people you enjoy spending time with

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Learn something new
Spend time with your grandparents
Spend time with your parents
Read inspirational quotes, books, biographies
Dance
Give someone a hug
Spend an afternoon daydreaming
Fly a Kite
Catch a butterfly – then let it go
Sit quietly and listen to yourself breath and your heart beat
Build a snowman, knock it down
Shovel a neighbors driveway
Call an old friend to catch up
Tell someone you love them

We hope you enjoyed reading this list and that you have even more fun doing some of the inspiring activities above. If you know of other ways to add inspiration to your life, share it with our readers in the comment section below! You might just INSPIRE someone else today.

Let’s continue to shine, Everyone!

~DHSI

If you would like to unearth more secrets that you need to know about your career or your next interview, http://www.diamondhospitalityblog.com is THE place to be. We also share travel & hospitality information, feel-good stories, and uplifting & inspiring posts, as well. Subscribe to our blog and share it with your network. Visit http://www.diamondhospitalityservices.com to see what we are about. We are here to help and inspire!

About the author:

Dr. Joe Tichio
creator of Greatest-Inspirational-Quotes.com

7 Top Reasons Why Many People Fail at a Job Interview

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July 14, 2014

By: E. Rucker

Job Interview Sticky NotesSo, you think you have the perfect resume and cover letter and you know for sure that you should be a front-runner for the position you are applying for, right? What could they possibly NOT like about what is written on paper? All the “Ts” are crossed and “Is” dotted. You go through the interview and all is well. They tell you they will be in contact once they have met with all the applicants. However, you never hear back.  Why?

Here are critical facts you should be conscious of:

  • Wrong Resume: There are people who apply for jobs that are not consistent with their qualifications and experience. For instance, if you write a resume that includes previous work experiences that do not suit the nature of the job you want to apply for, you might not be shortlisted for the job offer. Be consistent – write a resume that matches the job’s requirements (as long as it is the truth).
  • Arrogant Attitude: Have you ever come across someone who thinks they know everything and there’s nothing you say that could refute their “knowledge” and opinion? Now, imagine yourself walking into a job interview with this attitude. How do you think that will go over with a potential employer?Attitude No potential employer likes to deal with candidates who think they know everything and likes to brag. Be humble!
  • Personality Problem: Pessimism, lack of confidence and low self-esteem would do great damage in your life whenever you are involved in the pursuit of a career opportunity. Worse still, many talented and brilliant people sometimes lose control of their composure and senses before a potential employer. Similarly, there are people that get fired in their workplace because of attitude problems. In order to avoid that, strive to be positive about life in general and let that positivity shine!
  • Outdated Knowledge Base: Today, many people don’t make the effort to update their personal knowledge base through scholastic and non-scholastic learning. You must be well-informed to succeed in any interview or in your career. It’s good to present yourself as an experienced person with up-to-date know-how in the industry where you desire to have a successful career.
  • Appearance: Mini-skirts. Low-cut blouses. Wrinkled shirts/pants/jackets. Skewed ties. Messy hair. Scuffed up shoes. The moment you walk into Interview attirethe office, and before you even meet with the interviewer, YOU ARE BEING JUDGED!!! If you do not know what appropriate business attire is, do your research well in advance of your interview. There is a protocol for what to wear to an interview and it is your job to figure out what it is. Otherwise, prepare to always be turned down for that prized job. When in doubt, keep it neutral: suit, knee-length skirt or pants, pumps/dress shoes, white shirt/blouse.
  • Unawareness: Have you ever gone into an interview and the employer asks you do you know anything about the company? What do you say? No? Do you want to know WHY they are asking this question (which usually is asked in the first two minutes of the interview)? They want to see how interested you are about the company you hope to hire you. Do you really think they want someone who has absolutely no idea what kind of products/services they offer or how long they have been in business? If you are REALLY interested in working for that company, DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!
  • Asking About Salary: Just know that now is not the time. You are doing yourself a grave disservice by broaching the subject of salary during the AskSalaryinterview phase. It gives the potential employer the impression that you only care about how much you will make. That signals to them that you can easily be “bought” for the right price later on. Let the employer bring it up.

These tips are meant to guide and help you on your journey to the “perfect” job. If you follow these tips, you should be able to ace your interviews!

Let’s continue to shine, Everyone!

~DHSI

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A Trip You’ll Never Forget

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An oldie but goody! As we head into the weekend and get ready to travel, keep these tips in mind to help make your trip a great one! Let’s continue to shine, Everyone! ~DHSI

Originally posted on Diamond Hospitality's Blog:

April 26, 2012

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Capture special moments and experiences. I can’t tell you how many trips I’ve taken whose memories are slowly fading. And when they’re gone, so is the trip. I’ve since learned my lesson–O.K., I’m working on learning my lesson. When I set off to wherever it is I’m going, I tell myself to capture the trip. I try not to leave all the heavy lifting to my mind, and instead use some of the tips and tools below.

1. Take pictures, video, and notes.

The first two are obvious, but not so the last one. Jotting down a few thoughts in a journal or notebook as you take in the scene is a simple way to get at things from your trip that visuals can’t always transmit. Not only can you describe how something looks; you can describe how something makes you feel at that moment.

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Keep Getting Up!

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July 9, 2014

By: E. Rucker

Inspirational quote by Confucius on earthy backgroundRemember when you first learned how to ride a bike? Remember all the times you fell down? Remember all the times you got back up? Can you ride a bike today? Yes you can!

Have you ever seen a child learn to walk? It is an experience one will never forget! They continually fall down time and time again. I remember when my kids went through that learning-how-to-walk phase. The sheer determination and grit to keep getting back up and doing it all over again until…THEY TOOK THEIR FIRST STEPS! They gained the confidence they needed to keep going and once they got their confidence in full force, there was no stopping them at all. They just took off. Did they hurt themselves along the way? Sure they did. They had all sorts of scrapes, bruises and bumps. Sometimes, you will experience a little pain when falling down but it’s what you do with that pain that matters the most. Use that pain to push yourself back up!

Most importantly, falling down can offer us:

  • The opportunity to become courageous
  • Give us feedback in where we are and who we are
  • The opportunity for learning, growth and improvement
  • The opportunity to show appreciation for ourselves, even when things aren’t going quite like we wanted them to
  • The challenge to think bigger, to re-think our approach and make adjustments

StrugglesNow, apply this to your daily tasks and goals, especially those that keep kicking you in the rear. It is okay to fall down and it is definitely okay to keep falling down. Life is not perfect. You will go through those trial-and-error phases. BUT….the key is this: what are you going to do when you’re down? Are you going to stay down and sulk or are you going to get up with renewed determination to keep trying? Your biggest victory comes from getting back up. That’s when the MAGIC happens and you start to build your strength and grow!

Fall down 7 times, stand up 8 times.

So, the next time you fall down and feel like staying down, ask yourself this one question: How will I be able to handle life’s many challenges if I don’t learn to get back up?

Do you have a challenge that is constantly pushing you down to the point where you don’t want to get back up? Re-read the above over and over again!

Likes, comments and shares are always welcomed, as always!

Until next time…

~DHSI

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