Read Between the Lines of that Job Description and Improve Your Odds

door, find career, choose career pathLengthy job descriptions seem to say everything and nothing about a job. Use the tips below to decipher what’s really going on and increase your odds of scoring the position.

The very reasoning behind job descriptions is to offer applicants an opportunity to gauge their abilities and learn about exactly what the job entails. But not every company uses the same phrases, layout, length, and more. Because of this, candidates are faced with having to read between the lines in order to figure out even the most basic pieces of information about the job.

So, what parts of the job description should you focus on?

The Opening Paragraph

Just like first impressions are important when you physically meet someone, the same holds true with the opening words from a company. Opening sentences need to be unique and not just read like a template, dry and basic. Did the company personalize the opening hoping to entice potential candidates?

First Bullet Points

There is a reason that bullet points are used in writing—to differentiate information. So, in job descriptions, bullet lists are meant to draw the attention of the reader, because the information is important.

The first few bullets that begin telling you job duties more often than not represent a majority of the entire job. The initial bullets could be as high as 80% of the job’s responsibilities. This makes sense because as a description is being written, the hiring manager first thinks of the most performed tasks and places those at the top of the list. Subsequent tasks are added later on, but are likely performed less often in the job.

As a candidate, take note of these specific job duties. Make sure they are reflected on your resume, so your application is immediately viewed as being more representative of the company’s desired candidate.

Required Skills or Experience

This section needs little discussion because employers often put down specific years of experience they desire, equivalent years with degree, and skills needed, etc. So, read this section carefully so you can highlight the right experience and specific skills on your resume. Most companies are looking for candidates that can join their team with little to no extra training needed.

Description of the Company

This section offers you a glimpse into the company culture you would enter if hired. Companies might employ words such as: energetic, growing brand, millennial, fast-paced, etc. Compare your general personality and work personality to gauge whether a fit could work for you.

Specialization is the Key

Not every job is the same. So, don’t try to use the same resume for every job. It is critical to highlight your strengths according to what the company is discussing within the job description. Pull out specific experiences, skills, examples and more. When you know how to decipher those job descriptions, use the information you now possess to your advantage.

Try Out Your Insider Knowledge

Now that you have the insider knowledge for deciphering job descriptions, try it out as you peruse the variety of talent offerings available through Creative Talent Management. Your next opportunity is closer than you think. We are your source for expert talent managers. Get started today by calling one of our experienced recruiters at 800.338.4327.

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