Things to Watch for in a Job Posting (that many candidates miss)

Things to watch for in a job posting (that many candidates miss)

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It has been far too common to see job seekers asking recruiters and employers on Facebook, email, and even Facebook Messenger; about details on a job vacancy. Questions like “Location?”, “JD pls.? (job description)”, or even “How to apply?” Of course, you need to know if the job is for you, what work will you be doing, location, or how much you can potentially earn and what is required of you before applying for the job vacancy.

While it is true that sometimes there aren’t just enough details on a job advertisement from an employer. But many times, job seekers aren’t just reading the details of the job advertisement. So instead of annoying recruiters on obvious questions and spending your time scrolling through hundreds of job post and not applying for any of them, try spending a little more time reading the details, look for key information. This can save you time and potentially increase your chances of landing an interview, or even a job.

Here are some obvious (and subtle) clues to look for, key pieces of information in a job advertisement and how you can use them to your advantage.


Job Title

It’s generally right at the beginning of a job ad. Use it, many candidates don’t. Use the job title and include it in your resume and include it in your resume filename. You can also use it in the subject line if you’re sending the application via email.

Some recruiters hire for many different job roles at once, example are BPO’s and manpower agencies, they could be receiving hundreds if not thousands of applications. They would usually sort relevant emails or resumes per role, they can easily sort your resume or application if they can see the job title on it at a glance.

If your resume or your email has a different job title on it, it may look like your just mass mailing your applications and hoping that at least one recruiter would respond, or you sent it to the wrong employer. There’s a big chance your application will get disregarded if that’s the case or even get lost in the shuffle.


How to apply for the job

Job Ads generally contain details on how to apply for a job. Ignoring the instructions will likely sink your chances of getting your application reviewed. If the recruiter requires a cover letter with your resume, attach one. If they ask a copy of your resume in PDF format, don’t send a Word document. If they ask you to walk-in, don’t bother sending an email. Keep in mind that this are not suggestions, they are a specific instruction. If you do not follow them, it would only make you look like you don’t pay attention to details or that you cannot follow instructions, and this is definitely a red flag for a hiring manager.

There are also some employers who wouldn’t include instructions because they posted the job advertisement online on a job board, just like, then definitely, clicking on the apply button is the sure way to go.

Location, salary and benefits

All job post would contain the work location, unless they forgot to include it, or the recruiter wants to mislead you, a common tactic in employment scams. Putting in the work location helps employers narrow down their talent pool to candidates who are willing to work in that demographic area, and they know that work location is one of the biggest factors being considered by potential candidates, next to the salary. Don’t confuse the recruiter’s office address with the job vacancy’s actual work location. Take time to read the details of the job post, don’t assume that the first address you see is where you’ll be working. Some companies have a main office location where they do the whole interview process but assign you to a different location if your get hired.

Employers usually include a salary range in the job advertisement, asking what the monthly salary is or the company benefits are can potentially be an automatic red flag even before you send in your application. It gives off a negative vibe that you’re arrogant and rude, only interested in the monetary rewards and not interested in building a long-term relationship with the company. If there is no salary range included in the job post, it’s too early to ask for it. Salary and benefits are usually negotiated once you get a job offer. If you keen to know how much your potential salary would be, what you can do instead is to research what the average salary is for that job title and work location, you can utilize tools like the PayCheck.

If this is a legitimate company, then definitely their benefits would be government mandated, like SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-Ibig Fund. Other benefits like health insurance or sales commissions are company mandated which should come as a bonus for you if you get hired. You can’t expect to get the same benefits from your previous employer, not unless they are government mandated. This is where your social network comes in, ask friends or family who if they know someone who works with that company or have worked there, ask how the company culture is and what are the perks of working there. Who knows, they might even be employed by the same company.


Job Description and Qualifications

Make sure you read the job description carefully and try to separate the actual description from the generic, or cut and paste job description that they probably use for all their job post. Companies often add the usual administrative work in the job description just to let you know that aside from the actual work you need to do, you might be asked to do some other office jobs if you get hired. Look for what skills you will need to have in order to do the job. If you don’t actually have the ability to succeed in that role, then applying for it is going to be a waste of time for you and the employer.

There are companies who would require more qualifications than any one applicant is likely to have, don’t worry if you fall short in a few areas. For example, employers would require you to graduate from a certain degree for a job role that doesn’t actually require it. You can get past it if you can clearly demonstrate that you have the skills and experience for excel in that job role. (Read more on Applying for your dream job, even when you don’t meet qualifications)


Spend more time reading through a job posting before asking a question. Make sure you understand the job description and instructions on how to apply for the job. Often times, the signs that you’re looking for are right in front of you, don’t miss out on the opportunity. You have to put in a little time and effort into finding them, that’s what employers look for, candidates who are willing to put in more time and effort to go the extra mile.

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