Too technical to hire

As candidates looking for new positions, we want to show our skills for the job. And why shouldn’t we? Reading most job postings, especially in technology, you’d think that every person on the planet needs to know every single thing about every single thing for their new position. We are driven to showing our prospective employer that we know all of these things on the job description.

That’s a mistake.

There are more components to working on a team then showing that you know 27 programming languages. Or you know so much about the sales process that you’re perfectly qualified on sales competency.

Yes, your competencies are important. So are your social skills. So is your ability to fit within a new team. And we don’t spend enough time on showing our social and team skills so that the technical skills are simply a bonus to working with a new team.

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