Paying Attention to Detail in Your Job Search

2017-09-12 by Reese

Paying Attention to Detail in Your Job Search

It’s tough when you are searching for a job, and you realize how many results you could obtain using a mobile device or a computer. If you don’t know where to begin, you could be overwhelmed by millions of job listings in the U.S. and abroad. In order to make time spent on job searching more effective, it’s best to target your efforts. This starts with researching the job market and making a short list of careers and types of positions for which you are qualified. Once you begin to target your search to five careers, you’ll start to see that there are fewer jobs in most geographical areas.

The Importance of Details

Every job description that you find online or in a traditional publication should include some basics, such as a title, a job description, and the hiring person’s contact information. You might also find listed the minimum and preferred qualifications for a position and extra notes from the employer. The basic idea is that you will use Google or another search engine to pinpoint job postings within a specific geographic area. For example, you wouldn’t want to waste time looking at postings for places more than an hour drive from our current house. Who would want to lose much of their disposable income because they are spending too much for haircuts?

The Example

Let’s say, for example, that you possess a bachelor’s degree in communication and a good GPA. You don’t have a lot of work experience, but your goal is to get your foot in the door. You do some preliminary searching and decide to target your efforts to five job titles: marketing coordinator, public relations coordinator, staff writer, sales consultant, and editor. You don’t want prospective employers to know this necessarily, but you might be willing to work for a lower salary if a job offers a stepping stone to a quick promotion. It really depends on how much you’re interested in the entire organization. You can target your job search to the right geographic locations and even narrow down a large list of results by another factor, such as a minimum salary or a job qualification. You could also add search phrases such as “full-time” and “part-time.” It’s important not to get excited about a job posting until you read all of the details and see if you really have chance.

The Best Use of Time

It’s easy to get lost in the details of a job posting. You might see a salary over $70,000 and say to yourself that you need to focus your resume on that job because the salary is better than you received in your previous job. Or, you might get lost in the details of what seems like a dream job on paper. With a little checking, you will soon discover that some organizations would not make great employers, and other metro areas are not as appealing to you. If you stick to your searches for those five positions, you’ll begin to see patterns. You can write down keyword phrases that these postings have in common and then use them in your resume. This strategy helps you appear closer to the top of the recruiter’s electronic file. Start your search today. If you discover some keyword phrases that do not produce many relevant job postings, you can remove them from your search.

The devil is in the details; so, pay close attention to the specifics of each job posting.

  • Read the body description of a job posting. It contains important details.
  • Don’t skip the minimum qualifications. Determine if you’re underqualified or overqualified pretty quickly.
  • Note the date that a job was posted. Don’t apply to old postings.
  • Scan to see if a job requires unusual hours, which could be deal-breakers you need to know.
  • Write down contact information for recruiters or managers because a promising ad could disappear.


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