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Mike Corso
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Employers often include lists of both “required” and “desired” technical skills in job postings.

“Required” skills are often considered a prerequisite to performing the job successfully upon hire. For example, if you’re applying to be a chef, you may be required to possess basic cooking skills.

When an employer lists “desired” skills, they are indicating that while there are some competencies they would like to see on a resume, they may be open to hiring someone without that experience.

If you are lacking the Required Skills for a position you are interested in, I would say move on, don't apply for that job.

If, however, you are lacking Desired Skills for a position, you should definitely apply for the position. You never know.

Reading and understanding the job description is so important. #AWU #disability #jobs

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Ford Simpson
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The last job I applied to was nothing I had done before. I always worked with biological sciences,now I was working with robots and injection presses, I just showed people my strong work ethic. That was 8 years ago, Ford

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James Tanner
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Absolutely. It would also be good to at least get a basic understanding of the "nice to have" skills prior to the interview. This will demonstrate your sense of initiative to the interviewer.

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Gay Steeves
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I have skills that are not considered due to no certificate CNA skills with only HHA Certificate. Could this be tested in office for proof.

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Jose Pena
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It just depends upon the job that you are seeking. If you are teaching, the desired skills may be to require teacher candidates to seek additional certificational and possibly another degree. But it helps if the employer will reimburse you.

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Mike Corso
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Good question. I believe Desired and preferred are the same.

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Jorge Martinez
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What about "preferred" ? I see that one often too.

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