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Boston High-Tech Recruiter

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6 Steps to Evaluate a Job Description


( Part 2 of 2 )

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Intro

Thousands of jobs are posted every week Job seekers must determine: which job openings suit them best which job openings they are qualified for Here are the final 3 of the top 6 essential steps to evaluating job descriptions

Step 4:

Down to Brass Tacks


Are you willing to
relocate telecommute travel extensively endure a long commute

If a job requires a commitment youre unwilling to make, or would put a tremendous strain on your personal life you should keep looking

Step 4:

Down to Brass Tacks

Hiring managers often omit salary information from job descriptions


use noncommittal phrases, like commensurate with experience

Get a feel for what the position might pay


search for similar listings that do post salary info visit online resources, like Salary.com

Dont rule out a position simply because it pays less than your current job
ensure the openings positive factors compensate for any cut in wages

Step 4:

Down to Brass Tacks


Listings may ask for a salary history Translate past wages into annualized numbers for easy comparison If applying for a sales job, quote previous base salaries & commissions If your salary history does not justify getting paid what an opening is offering
make sure youre not significantly overreaching ensure your portfolio can compensate

Step 5:

Where Do You Fit in the Timeline

Many professionals move from one full-time, permanent position to another Some professionals are used to contract positions with fixed lengths Dont exclude a position based solely on its length
especially in a tight market or when trying to break into an industry

A contract or temp-to-hire job could be a stepping stone to the perfect job

Step 5:

Where Do You Fit in the Timeline


Keep in mind how soon youll be expected to start
If you need 3 weeks to relocate, but youre expected to start next Monday clearly, this is not the job for you. If the opening sounds great, but the starting date is 3 months out consider if you can wait that long consider taking on temporary work before your full-time role begins

Theres No Need for Concessions

Step 6:

Many candidates who work with CareerEncore because they are dissatisfied with their current job
only took their current job because they knew it would be easy to get

If you are rationalizing multiple negatives and overlooking apparent downsides


keep looking ; there is a better job opening out there for you

Theres No Need for Concessions


Dont waste your time applying to several positions you could tolerate
narrow down the listings to a handful of openings you are sincerely interested in

Step 5:

Especially after a long fruitless search, its easy to get overexcited


take a break and look back at the listing later ensure your initial enthusiasm didnt cloud your judgment

Conclusion
Evaluating job listings can be a long and tedious process Most professionals spend decades building their careers
searching for a job in which you will flourish is worth the initial time investment

If you, or someone you know, is looking for a job and would like to partner with an industry-insider
Reach out to CareerEncore: Recruiter@CareerEncore.com (617) 242-4443

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A boutique recruiting firm serving Greater Boston-area tech companies Seeking candidates from tech-driven companies Regardless of functional experience (Development, Systems, Marketing, Sales, Finance, Operations, Executive Suite, etc.) Were always looking for software engineers, programmers, & developers Our commitment & experience enable us to match talent with opportunity

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Sources
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