Job Postings Often Have a Job ID Code. What Do They Mean? |

Many job postings have a job code number, such as job code LI-AB1 or LI-RF1. What is the meaning of these codes?

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, a career coach who helps people be more effective with their job search, with hiring better, managing and leading, overall, be more effective in the workplace.
Someone asked a question about seeing job codes and wondering what those ID codes were and what they mean. Let me answer the question for you.

When you have a company that’s advertising, often they are responding to . . . They are listing more than one job, right? And they don't want to have to remember every single job and what it's for, internally, who it's for. And they have systems in place that they want to link applications to, job postings and hiring managers to. They don't want to make this a manual mental process. They want to make this an automated process.

Let's say you have five positions open. It is easily be 50 or 500 and, upon the size of the firm and want to make sure that you remember and know with certainty which job this. So, the system is made to autogenerate an ID code for their data dictionary that allows a resume to link to a specific job. It will also be a reminder to a recruiter on staff that when you submitted the resume, you were interested in this specific job and you first start by screening that resume for that job. And then, if you want, if you are a third-party recruiter, you can screen it against others.

After you've done that and if you're a corporate recruiter, you may let it sit there for someone else to find or forwarded it to a particular recruiter who says “they applied for my job. They are not a fit. What about you?”

So, that's the basis for the code. What do they mean. Now, if automatically generated in naming, nothing. If manually generated and sometimes they are, it may be a signal to an agency recruiter, who the client is, what the location is, which job, which manager something along those lines. Don't try figuring it just work with the assumption is code that lets them know which job it’s for.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1800 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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