When it comes time to search for a new job, finding the perfect match for your skills and salary expectations is typically a high priority. With an abundance of job advertising websites in existence today, it's relatively easy to begin seeking out high-quality work opportunities that are a perfect fit.
No matter where or how you begin your job search, this process is always made easier if you can gain access to a well-written job description for the position you are considering applying to. The advantages of a job description include saving valuable time eliminating inferior matches and helping you better prepare for job interviews, among other substantial benefits.
A well-written job description offers both job seekers and hiring managers a variety of benefits. Most importantly, job descriptions help ensure that the candidates who end up applying for a position are properly qualified for the work described.
Importance of Job Description
On the most basic level, a job description is designed to provide job seekers with a concise understanding of the duties required for a specific position, the academic and professional credentials of a competitive applicant and the type of salary and benefits available to the individual who acquires the position.
In many ways, a job description acts as the prelude to a job interview. It is this description that allows job seekers to begin an in-depth exploration of a company and determine whether or not their own experiences match the specific combination of skill and training required by the job interviewer.
Internet Searches and Job Descriptions
In today's online environment, a job description can also act as a powerful tool for speeding up the job search process. By incorporating a specific set of target keywords and phrases into a job description, individuals using online search engines can quickly be directed to a specific job advertisement that contains similar or identical phrases.
As the number of job advertisement websites continues to expand, the ability to search for specific positions based on terminology is absolutely invaluable. The job description attached to a specific position is the primary facilitator of this process.
Finding the Right Match
Perhaps the biggest advantage of a well-written job search is that it will allow a job seeker to know when a position simply isn't the right match for them. This can help both the job seeker and the hiring representative save time in the long term.
For job seekers, one of the most frustrating experiences is completing the extensive collection of resumes, references and cover letters required to apply for a selection of jobs, only to find that the majority of the positions applied to were fundamentally an imperfect match. This situation can become even more frustrating if a job seeker deliberately chose not to apply to other open positions in order to complete an application that was never a real possibility to begin with.
Filtering Applicants and Setting a Standard
It is not uncommon to see companies list the desired qualifications for applicants within a job description. This is perhaps the most important part of the job description, as it lets job seekers known whether or not they will be a competitive applicant during the hiring process. Taking the time to interview candidates and examine resumes can be both time and labor intensive.
Creating a highly detailed, specific set of attributes as part of the desired qualifications for the description will likely cut down the number of applicants significantly and ensure that there should be at least one highly qualified applicant once they interview process begins. This is one of many ways that the usefulness of a job description is evidenced.
Ryan Cockerham is a nationally recognized author specializing in all things innovation, business and creativity. His work has served the business, nonprofit and political community. Ryan's work has been featured at Zacks Investment Research, SFGate Home Guides, Bloomberg, HuffPost and more.