Monday, July 30, 2007

What Is That Job Posting Really Saying? Should You Hit That Apply Now Trigger?

Browsing through some articles online, I came across something that would be of great interest to our online job searchers. The topic in question is; what are employers saying in their job postings? The difference between required skills and qualifications, entry level but still needs experience, or may have experience with, and so on and so forth.

This brought together a great topic for conversation. These terms are used as both a weeding out of unqualified candidates and to reduce the amount of resumes that a recruiter comes into contact with. On the other end of the spectrum, these can add keywords to a job posting that allow the job to show up more frequently or less frequently during a job search.

So what is a job seeker to do? Well, the first thing you should be doing is your own research of the company you are applying with. Just like you can be Google’d during the interview process, you can turn it around and do the same research on the company in question. When you call a supplied phone number or reply to an email, have prepared questions about the requirements and qualifications handy. Knowledge is power and will give you an advantage over unprepared job seekers in the interview process.

Usually an employer or recruiter can be flexible on the skills needed for a position. Now that’s not to say if you have zero in common with the entire page worth of information to run into an office and apply for a position. But it is to say that you may not need to meet every request that is read online.

Most positions have training available for new employees where specific skills can be attained that are job specific. If a license is required for say a driving position, that is a mandatory requirement that cannot be overlooked, but an employer may have information on how to obtain the necessary licenses for the position.

I hope this brief information will help encourage you to apply for a job that suits you. Remember that life is a learning experience, and so is job hunting. Learn from these companies what they tend to look for in a candidate. Many times all it takes is the initial effort after reading a job posting that interests you!

Happy hunting Orlando and don’t forget that our Career Fair and Education Expo is right around the corner. August 15th at the Amway Arena will be an excellent opportunity to start your career or point an existing one in the right direction.

-Greg Rollett


Patrick July 30, 2007 at 7:38 PM  

That is a great point that you brought up. I think that all jobseekers need to remember that when they are interviewing for a new job, they should also be interviewing the company. It is your career/life and you should be just as positive (if not more) as the hiring company that this is the right career for you...

Brandi August 6, 2007 at 6:31 AM  

Also, Interviewers love it when you know a little about thier company and/or products. It gives you an edge up on your competition and shows that you actually took the time and initiative to do some research.

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