How to Evaluate a Job Description

Job hunting requires you to weed through a large number of job listings. You must sort through job

descriptions written in different formats and decide if you are good candidate before applying. A job

description is an outline of a job, and it can be anywhere from a few sentences to a few pages long. Being

able to quickly and correctly analyze job descriptions can help you search for employment more effectively.

In order to analyze job descriptions you must recognize the education, skills and experience required. Read

more to find out how to evaluate a job description.

1. Evaluate your own job experience and skills before evaluating job descriptions. It is essential

that you know your applicable skills, experience and education level. Write a general resume before

beginning your job search.

2. Print out the job description. Get a highlighter pen so that you can underline or highlight important

qualifications. You can also copy and paste the description into a word processor document and highlight

lines if you don't have a printer.

3. Identify the job location. This should be listed at the top. Do not apply for the job if you are not

available to work in that area.

4. Identify and highlight the education required for the job. This is often listed as high school diploma,

bachelor's degree, master's degree, certification or another form of qualification. Decide if you qualify based

on the education level.

5. Identify and highlight the experience required for a job. Pay attention to language when looking at

experience qualification. If 4 years is listed as a requirement, the employer is likely to be strict; however, if 4

years is listed as a "desired qualification" then it may not be strictly necessary.

6. Highlight the skills necessary for the job. This could be written in a list or in prose format. If it is

listed in sentences of paragraph form, list the skills on another piece of paper, so you can underline each

skill you possess.

7. Identify the daily activities that are involved in the job. Highlight hours, specific duties and daily

tasks. Make sure you can complete these tasks before applying.

8. Comb the description for physical or travel requirements. Jobs may require that you are able to

lift 15 to 50 lbs. (6.8 to 22.7 kg) in order to fulfill the job requirements. Other jobs may require that you are

available to travel between 10 to 90 percent of the time.

9. Highlight the compensation. Near the end of the job description, there is usually a salary or hourly

wage. Occasionally the description will say Depends On Experience (DOE), which means that the salary

is negotiable based on how well you fulfill the qualifications.

10. Decide if you fulfill the education, experience, skill and miscellaneous requirements listed in

this job posting.
 If you do, move forward in the application process. Write a cover letter and adjust your

resume to address your applicable qualifications.

11. Identify the steps that are necessary to apply for the job. Many job descriptions state clearly

where a resume, cover letter or inquiries can be sent. Highlight the deadline to apply and adhere strictly

to that deadline.


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