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Job Hunting Jargon

Confused by Job Hunting Jargon?Job advertisements, HR professionals, and interviewers are often guilty of using jargon, so here are some commonly used terms that you may come across during your campaign:

“Fit”: how well an applicant meets the requirements of a role and the culture of the hiring organisation. A hiring manager must be assured that you are a good fit for both the role, team and the organisation; but do not underestimate the importance of the “fit” for you – the jobseeker.


“Hidden Job Market”: Large numbers of job vacancies are “hidden”, they are invisible because they are not advertised. These opportunities are filled by either hiring managers using their “network” of contacts, by recruiters, or by temporary workers supplied by recruitment agencies who are then offered a permanent role.


“Network”: Networking is a process that we all go through during our lifetime – making connections, either for personal or professional reasons; networking is not just about finding a job, but also about opening up possibilities and building contacts.


“Job Spec”: A detailed outline of the role and qualities required. These are the “must-haves” for a candidate to succeed in their application. More often than not, this is a list of the essential and desirable qualifications, skill sets and personal attributes that are being looked for by the hiring manager and organisation.


“Transferable Skills”: As the name suggests a transferable skill is something that can be taken with you and applied in any new role.  These are core skills that any potential employer will value and which sometimes applicants overlook when marketing themselves; for example communication and interpersonal skills, self motivation, ability to use initiative, time management, ability to achieve deadlines, leadership skills, experience of specific software or hardware, ability to analysis or research data, timekeeping and attendance.


“Pre-Screening”: Whether undertaken by a recruiter or hiring manager, you need to “shine” on your first interaction with the organisation, whether that be in person or via the telephone, often these interviews are completed to determine your “fit” and to clarify details on your CV, covering letter or job spec. It should be your goal during a pre-screening interview to make it through to the next stage of the recruitment process.


If during interview you are unsure of a phrase or word used by the interviewer, don’t be afraid to ask. Remember – a better informed job hunter increases their chance of shining out from the competition.


For a detailed “Job Hunting Campaign” Guide, click here and take the first step on your Job Hunting Campaign.

4 Responses to Job Hunting Jargon

  1. Maud says:

    Very true! Makes a change to see someone spell it out like that. 🙂

  2. Rahul Gandhi says:

    Ya, it’s about perception.

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