5 Stage Job Search Tips – Stage 1D – Understanding Job Advertisement Terminology

Stage 1D – Understanding Job Advertisement Terminology
A good job advertisement is designed to attract the most suitable qualified applicants. It is not just applicants that are competing with each other for jobs; employers are also completing with each other to attract the best candidates for their vacancies.

Part 1
Employers usually try to squeeze as much information into their job advertisements as possible. However, because advertisement is expensive and space limited, they tend to use abbreviations to describe roles in as few worlds as possible. What are the full meanings of the following abbreviations?

Closing date
pro rate salary

Answer: See below

Part 2
Job advertisements tend to be use a lot of jargon, like proactive team player. Look at the extract from a job advertisement.

Are you a team player
Are you flexible, dynamic & result-focused?
Do you have good organisational skills?
Then we are looking for you …

Try to match the jargon above to the following questions.

1.      Do you have a personality that will fit in with the rest of the team? Are you willing to help with tasks outside you job role when required?
2.      Are you someone who wants to work, is prepared to do what it takes to fulfill your job function and make money for the company? Will you be aware of how your actions affect the company as a whole?
3.      Are you innovative and creative? Are you the type of person who things intelligently and can generate ideas to improve things?
4.      Are you prepared to work to meet the demands of the business, which might involve relocating to another office or working extra hours – even weekends?
5.      Do you meet deadlines, work well with others and get things done? Can you provide reliable work under pressure and be trusted with multiple responsibilities?

Answer: See below

Part 3
Many job advertisements request familiarity with certain tools, skills or languages that are relevant to the job. Try to put the expressions in bold in order of knowledge and experience required.

Proficiency in MS Office and excellent command of
English language are essential; additional languages are a plus.
Training will be provided for Adobe Creative Suite and Tridion,
although working knowledge of either software package would be advantage.

Answer: See below

Part 4
Try to sort the phrases into two groups.

1.      Skills which candidates must have:
2.      Skills which the employer hopes for: (They may still consider the candidate if they don’t have all of them)

a.      … ideally you will have
b.      … is essential
c.       … is necessary
d.      … is preferred
e.      … is vital
f.        the successful candidate will be …
g.      … would be a plus
h.      … would be advantageous
i.        … would be desirable
j.        … would be welcome
k.       you must be …
l.        you will have …

Answer: See below

LIKE Us on Facebook

Contact Us

Part 1 

Part 2
1. team player
2. results-focused
3. dynamic
4. flexible
5. good organisational skills

Part 3
proficiency in = very experienced
excellent command of = very good knowledge of
working knowledge of = basic understand of

Part 4
... is necessary
the successful candidate will be ...
... is vital
you must be ...
you will have ...

... would be desirable
ideally you will have ...
... would be a plus
... is preferred
... would be advantageous

16 ways to find jobs in Australia

Apprenticeships Continue Reading »»»»»

Career Advice Services Continue Reading »»»»»

Career Fair Continue Reading »»»»»

Cold Calling Continue Reading »»»»»

Company Websites Continue Reading »»»»»

Employment Agencies Continue Reading »»»»»

Internships Continue Reading »»»»»

Job Advertisements on Job Search Websites Continue Reading »»»»»

Job Services Australia Continue Reading »»»»»

Networking Continue Reading »»»»»

Newspaper Continue Reading »»»»»

Notices Continue Reading »»»»»

Posting Resume on Internet Continue Reading »»»»»

Professional Associations Continue Reading »»»»»

Social Media Continue Reading »»»»»

Volunteering Continue Reading »»»»»