Companies Want Their Idea of You

We Want You

Or At Least an idea of what organisations think they would like when they post a job advertisement.

Or as Lionel Richie sings: "Hello, is it me you're looking for?"

I'm pretty sure many of us have looked for work online. There is the usual job title and nature of the job stated.


Companies start filling in blank spaces on what they 'think' you need to be.

Some go like this:

- Proactive, hardworking, diligent, quick on your feet, lateral thinker, self-motivated, works well in a team etc.

It's exhausting...

Its like a programmer coding these unique attributes into a website or program online.

Then, companies desire experience in a related field.

I Question This


It doesn't matter if the person has worked in a relevant field and has X amount of years spent.

What did they do? Have they made a difference? What have their achieved in that time?

More importantly,

I reckon Organisations need to look beyond the CV, learn more about the person and disregard their perceived experience rate. This isn't a video game.

Part of life is about learning, and adapting.

If you think a candidate is amazing, disregard the CV, the necessary work experience, and train them up.

I can understand looking through applications can be tiring, cumbersome and even redundant. Find new ways to do so, or invest that time. People are worth it. Imagine every person you review as a potential star in the making.

There are many stars in the sky, and even more so fallen in the fields.


Daniel-Jacob Santhou
The Creative Strategist

Melbourne, Australia


  1. 'It doesn't matter if the person has worked in a relevant field and has X amount of years spent'

    As someone who has been through numerous recruitment processes as both the client and the employee I can tell you from experience that the above just simply isn't true. If you understood the financial implications of employing the strategy you are advocating (that is at best an extreme hit and miss approach) then you would never advocate it for an employer.

    Experience isn't just about attributes, skills and personality, it's about understanding the subtle nuances of dealing with a variety of different stakeholders in a variety of complex situations. It's about doing the hard yards, learning from mistakes, engaging diverse personalities, balancing tasks, managing processes and performing under pressure.

    Employment is as much about risk management and cultural fit as it is an assessment of the candidate in front of you. The opportunity cost of getting it wrong is massive.

    Take it from someone who works in a boutique agency with 20 employees; if we get it wrong with a risk taking strategy we lose substantial amounts of money, important clients and quality employees who have to carry the load whilst we go back to the drawing board.

  2. Hi Nik,

    Appreciate your feedback.

    My statement is merely subjective. I do agree with your comments based on the context you have specified.

    I do agree that Employment is 'as much about risk management and cultural fit',


    it seems like it's always about the company... *A company with people working for it*.

    Wouldn't it better if there were *people working with a company*?

    Once again, thank you for your honesty and response.

    May I ask what you do within this boutique agency? Any experiences to share within the hiring process that you found difficult when you approached prospective employers?


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