Understanding vacancies

Working out what a job advertisement is asking for is not always easy

Try to identify the main skills and experience needed and match these with what you have done and are good at. If you can match yourself to a job you are more likely to then be successful than if you apply for everything you see. You need to include this information on your CV or application form so that the employer can see that you are suitable.

Ask yourself:

  • what would I be expected to do? Can I do the job? Can I do the job with some training?
  • do I have the right skills? You may need to have specific qualifications or be willing to train and gain relevant qualifications while working.

More help with identifying your skills is on the page Skills employers look for.

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