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Sometimes ads for jobs are very short and don’t reveal much about the employer’s expectations. Try looking on the company’s website, since there might be a longer description in the human resources section of their site than in the ad you saw.

Another strategy is to search job sites like Indeed.com by the same job title to get a sense of what other employers are looking for in candidates. Also search Google to see descriptions of similar jobs. For example, if you are applying for a credit analyst position, try searching by the phrase "credit analyst job description." Here’s how to use advanced search options to find job information. Need Skills to Include?

When you’re not sure about what skills or qualities to include, check this list of skills for resumes, cover letters, and interviews. It includes lists of general skills most wanted by employers, plus skills for a variety of occupations. Include the most relevant skills in your resume and cover letter. Ask for Advice

If you are really motivated to land a particular job, interview professionals in the field and ask them what it takes to excel in their job. Reach out to college alumni through your college’s career and/or alumni office, LinkedIn contacts, and family friends to generate a list of contacts for these consultations.

Once you have assembled a detailed list of the qualifications for your target job, review each item on the list and try to think of how you might prove that you possess that asset. Write a sentence about as many of the qualifications as possible detailing how you used that skill or exhibited that quality in a work, volunteer, academic or co-curricular role.

Whenever possible, point to any positive results or recognition you received while applying the skill. For example, if a job requires strong writing skills, you might say "While working as a campaign intern, I wrote press releases about the candidate’s platform which resulted in two articles in the local media." Prioritize Your Qualifications in Your Cover Letter

For example, for a bank teller job, you might say "my strong mathematics skills, customer service orientation, attentiveness to detail and ability to work with precision make this job an excellent fit for me." In subsequent paragraphs, you should provide examples of how and where you applied those skills. Review Your Resume

Review your existing resume and make sure that you have incorporated as many statements about the preferred qualifications for the job as possible. List the highest priority phrases at the beginning of your descriptions to get the most attention.

If you have a couple of jobs which are more qualifying than others, you might develop a lead category towards the top of your resume like "Related Experience" (if they are not your most recent jobs). Take a few minutes to update the descriptions of the jobs you’ve held. Jazzing up your resume job descriptions can make your resume much more impressive. Include Headlines

If a candidate has experiences which fit those categories, then they might have headings like "Writing Experience" and "Event Planning Experience" and place the related experiences in those sections of the resume. Relevant headings will draw the employer’s attention to key qualifications at a glance. During Job Interviews

Prior to interviewing, review the list of qualifications you created when working on your job application. Be prepared to discuss the specific skills and assets you have during job interviews. You can also reiterate what qualifies you to be selected in your job interview thank you notes.