Qualified: It's one of the most loaded subjective modifiers in the HR business. And who's qualified for a job, and who isn't, is often determined by that flat piece of paper known as the resume.

According to data derived from interviews with 4,000 hiring professionals and job candidates, there's a yawning gap between how the HR folks define "qualified" and how job seekers define the word.

The study was commissioned by Beyond, The Career Network. Two questions, one put to those doing the hiring, the other to candidates, revealed the chasm.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.