Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter says that there is something extra firms communicate beyond job requirements and duties in those job ads that you need to know.

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Hey, I want to talk with you about job descriptions. And the third thing that you need to look at in a job description, the one that no one really does.
Now, when most people read a job description, they look at two basic facts, they're looking at the description of the position, they're looking at the qualifications of the job, and deciding whether or not to submit a resume.
But there's a third factor that no one really considers. And that is, when you look at the style of the writing in the description, it's telling you something about the corporate culture of the firm. Is this a huge, what we call in the business, laundry list of job requirements? Is it written in a particular style? Is it a thin description? Is it overly fat?
Are they going through such meticulous detail in describing the requirements of the job or the duties of the job that you realize that these are bunch of bureaucrats who work at this firm? Are they talking to you with a degree of humanity to it. This is the sort of thing that's useful for you as a job hunter.
Now, sometimes these descriptions are written by HR organizations that, you know, no disrespect to HR, others, there are a lot of very, very good people in HR. Frankly, I worked with and have tremendous people in that business. However, some HR organizations are detached from the line and they write these things horribly, that in no way, shape or form really reflect the corporate culture. And often it does reflect the culture.
Even if you're not sure, and you submit your resume, it's something to be alert to in your communication style with the people from this firm because, often, what HR is trying to do in how they communicate, not what they communicate, but how they communicate, is express themselves in way that reflects that particular business unit, or that group, or that manager as a way of trying to attract someone who will work well with that person.
So, don't just simply read the qualifications and the responsibilities. Look at the writing style as well. That can be very useful to you if and when you interview


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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