How do you read a job description and things to look out for…

I don’t know about you but nobody taught me how to read a job description. It’s something I’ve had to learn on my own.

Job descriptions can be very overwhelming but like anything else, it will take time to learn.

If you're on the job search, make sure your ability to read a job description is at its best. Here are a few things to look out for:

  1. Make sure you understand and are differentiating between the HARD skills (technical knowledge/training) and SOFT skills (personal habits and traits).

  2. Look for word/phrase repetition. This will give you insight as to what the hiring manager deems important about the role.

  3. Make sure to distinguish between “must have”, “preferred” and “nice to have” language.

Include the key words and skills throughout your profile so you can show up in searches. If you have LinkedIn premium, don't be discouraged by all the applicant data.

Be confident in your abilities and apply! Say no to self rejection.

What advice do you have regarding job descriptions? Leave us a comment below.


Calicia Johnson is a Senior Program Manager at Xbox with Microsoft Corporation, where she works with various teams creating the future of cloud gaming that combines Xbox and the power of Azure to empower everyone on the planet to play the games they want, with the people they want, anywhere they want. In her role, she works with cross functional teams to identify ways to utilize Xbox servers during nonpeak gaming hours to reduce streaming cost.

She is the Founder of Student Career Studio, Incorporated, a nonprofit organization providing access and exposure to minority collegiate students to scholarships, internships, and leadership opportunities. Her goal is the bridge the gap between opportunities and students. She also provides assistance with resumes, networking and professional and career development.

In her spare time, Calicia also educates individuals on how they can maximize their opportunities on LinkedIn. She provides specific LinkedIn strategies to help individuals connect with recruiters, build their personal brand, expand their network and achieve their career goals.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Calicia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida A&M University and her Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University.

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