Why read a Job Description?
Reading a job description involves searching for clues. It also requires understanding yourself. Breezing through job descriptions helps you know and understand the things you need in order for you to only apply for those jobs you are most likely to land. It will also help you narrow down your search to only those jobs you want the most.
Here are the things you need to read the Job Description:
- Know Yourself.
To evaluate a job description, it’s important that your qualifications are fresh in your mind. This means you’ll need to evaluate your resume to ensure it is up-to-date with your most recent education, job skills and experience.
- Read Beyond the Job Title.
Sure, the title will give you a clue about what the job entails. But many people see the title, read the beginning of the description and quickly submit their resume. Take the time to read the entire document, focusing your attention on the most important parts.
- Make Note of the Company Culture and Job Roles.
These are generally listed at the beginning of the job description. They are often standard language that is included in all the job descriptions the company produces. They are important clues that can help you decide if the organization is the right one for you; however, they won’t really help your recruiter decide if you are right for the organization.
- Pay Careful Attention to the Job Requirements.
Requirements such as education, job skills and experience are areas in which you can set yourself apart from the competition. Focus your attention on the first three or four items in the list, which are likely the most important requirements for the job. Do you possess the required qualifications? Note whether the requirements are listed as mandatory or preferred. You’ll need to meet mandatory requirements to even be considered; preferred education, skills or experience could put you ahead of the pack if you have them. If you don’t, it’s possible other factors in your resume will make you an attractive option.
- Do You Want the Job?
If you’re qualified, are you on board with the company culture and potential job roles? Don’t apply for a job you feel lukewarm about, because your insincerity could be detected in both your resume, and in your interview (if you’re contacted for one). Recruiters want to hire candidates who are enthusiastic about the job. If the position doesn’t excite you, move on.
Follow these five steps to find a rewarding position that is right for you. Thorough review of the job description can save you tremendous effort and prevent frustration in your job search. A little effort is worth the payoff: a job you love!