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Reading job advertisements properly

The applicant does not necessarily need to meet all the conditions detailed in a job advertisement. Firstly, an exact interpretation of the text provides clarity as to what is actually required If the application is to have any chance of being successful.

Job advertisements often contain a large quantity of compacted information. It is worth reading the advertisement carefully, since a cursory glance can often give rise to errors in interpretation. Usually the texts have been structured in such a way that they list the absolutely essential, relatively essential, desired and optional requirements of the job for the applicants.

«Absolutely essential» requirements:

  • Prerequisite for this is a very good knowledge of...
  • We require perfect knowledge of...
  • Knowledge of ... is required
  • …are vital for performance of the tasks
  • ...sought with a qualification in...

«Relatively essential» requirements:

  • Sufficient experience in... is desirable
  • A working knowledge of...
  • A maximum age of...
  • With good knowledge of...
  • Knowledge of... is desirable but not a prerequisite
  • with at least 2 years professional experience in ...
  • dWe would prefer if you have…

With the correct interpretation you are much more able to decide if you are qualified for this job or not; and if you are likely to be intimidated by the requirements. One frequently gets the impression that companies look for a superhuman to do the simplest administrative job. But bear in mind that not every requirement in a job advertisement needs to be actually satisfied. On the other hand what is important is that you can match the key qualifications. A tip: should you establish that you are over- or underqualified, then it makes absolutely no sense to submit an application, and you can save yourself the effort.