If you are an active job seeker who sees a job advertisement, what do you do first? If the position you are looking for has been highlighted, you are likely to read the job description – or JD. To put it simply, it is a description of a job. It tells you about job responsibilities, requirements, qualifications, activities, and skills. While reading those descriptions, you have probably noticed that certain phrases come up repeatedly in every job description. Sometimes applicants may think that it is not important to read or understand the JD, but, understanding what it includes is beneficial when it comes to nailing your interviews and to become successful in your role.
Here are some ways to decode buzzwords in a JD, so you can apply while having a better understanding of exactly who and what employers want.
“Required” and “Desired”
If you see the words “required” or “must-have”, of course, you must pay attention to it. It is non-negotiable and you must have those skills or qualifications. However, if you see words such as, “desired”, “preferred” or “a plus”, they are not mandatory. But they are nice to have and you can negotiate those with similar skills that you obtain. Usually, must-haves are listed on the top and desired skills are mentioned at the bottom of a job description. Accordingly, you have to pay more attention to the “required” category as it plays a major role in the JD.
Years of experience
Almost every JD mentions how many years of experience is expected for the role. Do not fear the number if you have an impressive experience. For example, it may require 2-3 years of experience, but if you have an outstanding performance and experience with only one year of professional experience, you may not get rejected. So it is worth trying if you can portrait your best work that proves your ability and maturity.
“Excellent communication skills” or “strong communication skills” doesn’t mean only the ability to speak well. If you see this phrase in a JD, it means the job requires interpersonal skills, and the ability to convey information clearly, concisely, and convincingly in both written and verbal form.
Most job descriptions provide you hints of company culture. Understanding these clues will help you decide whether the job is a good fit or not. For example, if it includes more conversational language, cheerful words, and texts on teamwork, collaboration, it can be the perfect place to work for a fun-loving person.
There are many other buzzy words in job advertisements. Your resume may not be a hundred percent match for it. But never eliminate an opportunity. If you have the skills and talents to amaze the employers, never hesitate to apply. Preparation is one of the most important elements in landing a good position. Therefore, use valuable information hidden in job descriptions, write a good cover letter when applying, and prepare well for interviews.
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