How to use a job description to land your dream role

Constantly ignored and overlooked job descriptions, what are they for? Nowadays, the purpose of job description can seem quite redundant and pretty much useless. With the unending excess of data on the internet, there’s no wonder why people would think that. Of course, if one can find all the necessary information about a company and a vacancy on their site. However, things look this way only to an untrained eye

So, let me shed some light upon and answer this question: “Why are job descriptions important?”

job_descriptions

These statements are a useful tool in the process of hiring and provide a lot of important information to applicants, without having to contact them directly. They make it clear what the managers will expect from potential employees, define duties and responsibilities of said employees to let them focus on more important tasks, enable collaboration between new colleagues via the sharing of descriptions, and much-much more.

But this useful device can be used to benefit not only recruiters.

How to use job description to your advantage

As was mentioned before, job role description contains a lot of valuable information about the job vacancy and the hiring company. In this matter it is important to contain yourself and not to do any rash movements.

Yes, I know, this is exactly what you were looking for: the job title, the pay, the company. Other details are useless, but before you lose yourself in wonderful fantasies and send your application there is something, you should do. You should extract everything handy from the description, milk it to the last drop. 

If you want to increase your chances of employment to the maximum, I urge to read and re-read the description, all the while highlighting hard and soft skills, required work background, responsibilities and the action words that are connected with them, and other similar stuff. This will help immensely, when we will be actually improving your chances of success. Upon completion, move onto the next step.

Cross-reference the position description with your own abilities

Now it’s time to match your existing resume with the highlighted phrases. At this stage the exact wording is not really important, just focus on the meaning. Do you have the relevant experience? Do you technical abilities correspond with the ones in the description? Do you possess desired soft skills and characteristics? Does your education suits this vacancy?

Examining so intimately and asking yourself such question is hard and may feel like you shouldn’t even apply, but don’t listen to these voices in the back of your head. No one ever is completely ready for the new job they take on, so don’t worry. Unless you absolutely do not qualify for the vacancy, then the time has come to do some editing.

Make sure you tailor resume to the position. 

customized resume

After you’re all done with the horrifying cross-referencing, and made notes about all matches and discrepancies, you can consider changing your resume. Before you delve into rewriting the small details of your resume, consider the big picture. Customizing your résumé for each job opening is extremely important, although it may seem very daunting.

Consider the layout and the formatting style. Is the company you’re applying to is old-fashioned? Use a traditional style. An innovative start-up company? Play around with the design. Is your education more relevant and important for this position? Put it above the work background.

Remember that every part of your application is equally important, because you’re making a first impression and different jobs require different applications. If your composition skills are not satisfactory, then I suggest using professional resume writing services.

Give examples of relevant skills and experience

We gave some thought to the big picture, now we should acknowledge the devil in the details. Now you should take the previously highlighted phrases and incorporate them into your resume. Of course, if you do not possess some technical expertise in some things, then it is obviously not recommend to include them into your skillset. Most definitely you will be outed as a liar, and you don’t want earn a bad reputation for yourself.

On the other hand, the summary, and soft skills/highlights are fair game. It is especially beneficial, if the job description reminded you of your own actual experience, which would suit the vacancy. Also, absolutely do not forget the cover letter and the new T cover letter standards. Tailoring only the resume is a quite foolish move, as the resume and cover letter may end up not corresponding in information they provide.

You’re almost ready to submit your application

We’re just about to reach the finish line and be done with it, but there is always the ‘wrap-up’ left to do. After the grunt work is done, let other people check your application for consistency, continuity, and overall composition. We’re all human and simple mistakes can pass us by unnoticed quite easily. It could friend, family member, colleague, or any other acquaintance that cares about your well-being. 

When the reviews come in, and there’s nothing left to do, you can send out your application with absolute certainty that you did everything in your power to get the dream job.

Recent posts
7 Job hunt trends you need to know in 2019 and beyond

42% of employers state that there is talent shortage and it’s hard to find the perfect candidate they really need. We have analyzed job search trends and we’re going to show you what are job trends today to make the job search easier for you. Check it out 7 main job market trends to be well prepared and know what to expect in the nearest future from employers and companies.

9 Career lessons everyone can learn from Game of Thrones

To obtain a dream job in a real world you can implement Game of Thrones success stories and career moves to end up on top of the career ladder. Check out the top 9 lessons you can learn from Game of Thrones strategy game.

How to explain an employment gap on your resume (with examples)

The job hunt is never easy. But what if your resume employment history is far from perfect? Some of us can take some time off from work for different reasons. Some people take this time to raise a child, finish their education, travel abroad. Some people got laid off or even fired from a previous job and it took a few months to find a new one. What is the perfect way for explaining gaps in employment? We will show you how to create a consistent resume that will demonstrate that you are a reliable professional who is a perfect fit for a job.

Daenerys Targaryen's resume: A strong woman in the man's world

Let’s take up as our example the race to become the King/Queen of Westeros and rule all of the Seven Kingdoms. To fill a royal role in Westeros you have to possess certain skills and competencies, just like any job in our world. If we were to transfer one of the most progressive and strong characters in our world, their resume would look like Daenerys Targaryen's.

50+ Best questions to ask an interviewer to land a job

At the end of each interview, a recruiter will ask you “Do you have any questions for me?” In case you have no questions on your mind, you can be sure you will never hear from that company again.

Therefore, we have prepared the list of 50+ great questions to ask in an interview to increase your chances to get a job. The questions will be divided into smaller groups so you can easily choose the most interesting interview questions to ask.

Here is why you did not get hired after a great interview

You have been invited for an interview and everything was good, you got all the signs you got the job after an interview. But then you got rejected. It’s frustrating for sure and you will definitely wonder why it happened. You have a unique chance to ace the interview as we have prepared the main reasons people did not get the job after their interview so you can be fully prepared in the future and avoid these common interview mistakes. 

 

25 Awesome travel jobs to make money traveling

You cannot imagine your life without traveling? If you are tired of waiting for a promotion, can’t stand your boring office routine and want to work and travel at the same time, this article is a must-read for you. We have prepared the top 25 jobs perfect to make money traveling.

How to explain being fired or laid off in the job interview (with examples)

When looking for a new job and having a job interview you will get questions regarding why did you leave your last job. These questions are inevitable and you will be asked about reasons for leaving your employment. But what if you got fired and the situation turned ugly? These tips with lots of examples should help you to handle this conversation and figure out the best way to answer why you left a job. 

Where is the raise you promised me last summer?

Let’s be honest. The incidents when our manager promises us a pay raise or a promotion and never keeps this promise are not isolated. It can happen. Whether your manager just says it to retain an employee or simply forgets about a promise, it’s still very disappointing. We understand your feeling of being undervalued. Don’t get desperate though. Here are some tips on how to get a raise, a promotion or even how to ask for a bonus that was promised for holidays.

15 Hottest jobs in the legal marijuana industry

Not so long ago, the use of marijuana was illegal at a federal level in all 50 states. However, as of 2019 medical marijuana has been legalized in 33 US states, in 10 of them recreational marijuana is also completely legal and regulated by the local law. States that already legalized cannabis and states that will legalize weed by 2020​ will create approximately 250K of new jobs. Compared to 2017, the number of cannabis industry jobs ​increased almost by 450%. So, if you are seriously thinking to pursue marijuana​ industry jobs,​ here is the list of 15 alternative job​ openings in demand​ with an average​ salary​ for each of them.