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Decoding the Messages in those Job Descriptions

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As in the dating world, the job market can be full of confusing messages. Profiles with descriptions promising marvellous things, and lots of electronic applications to find out whether you’re a match for what they’re looking for.  Don’t worry though, we’ll guide you on this rocky-road so that you won’t end up wondering about the one that got away…

 

 

 

Putting together your perfect profile

When you put together any profile, whether that be on a dating app or professional platform, it’s crucial to use the correct attribute descriptors if you want to be successful in your endeavour. For example, we previously found that the most popular attributes for employers were being a team player, responsible, and confident.  You have the advantage in the way you can answer what they’re looking for by checking their description first; using this in your cover letter and personality descriptors. Make sure, however, that you are truthful – there is nothing more embarrassing then turning up somewhere declaring you are one thing when truly are something else entirely.

During and after the first meeting

Whether you are setup by a mutual contact or the first meeting comes about via online means, it is crucial you follow similar rules to going on a first date. Firstly, come prepared! Getting to an interview or date late is never a good sign, and can make you seem uninterested and unreliable (remember what you know from the profile and use this to keep the conversation on track). Secondly, look the part, you only have one chance to make a first impression and you want to be memorable. Finally, in this circumstance it is 100% your responsibility to follow up on your meeting and to thank them for their time. Manners are of the utmost importance, and by chasing the opportunity you make it perfectly clear you are proactive and enthusiastic about the potential of what is proposed.

Keep looking

Steve Jobs once said; “If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on”. This is the mantra you should apply to making any decisions when it comes to your future and when making the choice to commit to an offer; also, to help you get through all those interviews, applications and rejections. Moving on or getting back into searching for that next thing can be a daunting prospect, but it’s the greatest time to find what’s right for you.

 

Remember this advice and you’ll be decoding the messages in those job descriptions in no time!   You can thank us later. Have you got any tips you’d like to share on finding that next perfect career match? For more advice, see our prior post Creating your Own Professional Brand Starting Out in Marketing .

 

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