Decoding a Job Description

May 24, 2013

Career Advice

Decoding the Job DescriptionA job search is full of hope and promise and each job description brings new possibilities. But every job seeker has to admit that they applied to at least one job that wasn’t what they were looking for. And every employee has to admit that they accepted at least one position that didn’t live up to their expectations. How can you prevent this? We break it down here.

Don’t focus on the title.
Labels aren’t as important as the actual duties you’ll be performing on the job. The title of “sports marketing associate” sounds great but if you’re just making sales calls day in and day out, you’re not going to be marketing anything and you’re surely not going to be happy. Look beyond the title for the attributes that you want in a position.

Figure out what you want.
What are the top three characteristics that you want in a job? What’s important to you? Job searching is like dating. You need to figure out what makes you tick and what will make your career fulfilling and meaningful. These questions will help you figure out what’s best for you.

Analyze the requirements.
What skills are listed in the job description? Are they general or specialized? Are they entry-level or advanced? This can give you insight into whether or not the position is appropriate for your experience level. If you do make it to the interview round, really dig in and ask the difficult questions if you’re concerned. You might save yourself a lot of time — and save yourself from a big mistake.

Image by D. Sharon Pruitt

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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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