Always look at the job description before applying. Not only will it give you the details you need, but it will also give you an edge over others that don’t bother to learn as much as they can. By learning the details of the job description you can create a resume that will address the needs of the company you’re interested in. Here are a few tips for finding those all-important details and how you can understand each them.
1) Look for any required character traits.
If the employer takes the time to list certain traits that are desired then you should pay attention and reflect these traits in your resume. Give examples when you displayed such traits and expand on them if asked to give the employer a better idea of who you are and why they should be interested in you as a prospective employee.
2) Pay attention to every skill that is listed, not just those that you might possess.
This can be a gimmick used by employers to see who pays attention and who is just pandering to them in order to get hired. Don’t overlook any details and assume those seemingly unrelated skills are in the description for a reason.
3) Inquire about any details that don’t make sense or need an explanation.
If something strikes you as being too vague or doesn’t offer enough of a direct explanation then don’t hesitate to ask. Get as many specifics as you can and make a list of the questions you feel the need to ask. Employers are often looking for someone that isn’t afraid to ask questions and will take the time to learn as much as they can.
4) Don’t fall for keywords that reference any type of “growth”.
Some companies might seem on the verge of a breakthrough that will elevate them in the business world, but aren’t yet at that point. What this means is that “opportunities for growth” is a pleasant euphemism for “we can’t afford that many people”. The company could be a genuine opportunity, but be sure to get as much information as you can before diving in.
Looking for specifics and learning how to read a job description can save you a lot of needless hassle as well as time. By paying attention to the description you’ll be able to better navigate your way through the job market.