Glossary of Job Search Terms
What information can you find in a job ad?
Terms describing the Employer
Terms describing the Position
Terms explaining How to Apply
Terms about Salary and Benefits
Terms describing Required Skills and Experience
What information can you find in a job ad?
Job ads or postings contain information about the:
• employer (company/firm/organization values, working conditions, etc.)
• position (e.g. job title, responsibilities, etc.)
• application procedures; how to apply for the position
• salary and benefits
• qualifications/skills/experience required
Below you will find some definitions of terms frequently found in, as well
as actual examples from, real job ads.
| Terms describing the Employer
|An Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)
||The employer treats all candidates the same way regardless of their race,
colour, gender, etc.; does not discriminate against people from different
backgrounds, nationalities, etc.
|Smoke free work environment.
||You may not smoke in the workplace
|We are looking for an accountant who thrives in a fast-paced environment.
||This employer wants to hire an accountant who enjoys and works well in
a very busy workplace.
|Due to our ongoing success . . .
||This employer is proud of the company's continuously strong performance
and excellent results.
|Our company encourages lifelong learning.
||This employer supports employees who wish to continue their studies or
learn new skills.
|The successful candidate will enjoy working in a collaborative
||This employer wants to hire someone who has the skills/experience that
will allow him/her to work productively with his/her co-workers.
| Terms describing the Position
|A temporary full-time position is available
||The position is for a limited time period (e.g. six months) but the employee
will work at least 35 hours per week
|This is a contract position
|| You will be hired for a short, specified work period
|This position offers room for personal growth.
||The person in this position will have the opportunity to learn, achieve
and advance or be promoted.
|This position reports to the V.P. Finance.
||The Vice-President of Finance supervises the person in this position.
| This position requires a gatekeeper.
|| The person in this position must be able to control access to/availability
of resources, information, etc.
|Terms explaining How to Apply
|Qualified candidates should submit a resume quoting posting *96/7-270.
||You should the file number of the particular job for which you are applying
|Please forward a curriculum vitae.
||A description of your past employment history and responsibilities, skills
and education; a resume
|Please forward your résumé, in the strictest confidence,
to . . .
||The employer promises that only the people responsible for hiring will
have access to the applicants' information.
|Only applicants with requested experience will be acknowledged.
||The employer will respond only to those people who show they have the
experience needed for the position.
|To apply, please forward your résumé stating salary expectations.
||When submitting your resume, mention what salary range you expect.
|Only candidates under consideration will be contacted
||The employer will arrange an interview only for people who have been assessed
as having the qualifications for the job.
|Principals only, please.
||Only actual applicants for the job should answer the ad; the employer
does not want placement agencies or recruitment firms to respond.
| Terms about Salary and Benefits
|We offer an attractive reimbursement and benefits package.
||The employer will pay a good salary and advantages additional to salary
(e.g. vacation allowance, health coverage, pension plan, life insurance).
| Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience
|| The salary will be based on or suitable to the successful candidates
qualifications and experience.
|Salary for the above position is currently under review.
||The salary has not yet been decided; it is being discussed and may be
revised or changed.
|A competitive compensation/benefits package can be anticipated.
||Candidates can expect a good salary with extras (e.g., dental coverage,
sick time, etc.) that are comparable or similar to what other employers
||Per annum/yearlyDependent on experienceDependent on qualifications
|Relocation allowance will be provided.
||You will receive financial help if you have to move to another city or
|We offer an attractive salary.
||The salary is good and competitive (i.e. close to what other employers
would pay for a similar position)
|Terms Describing Required Skills and
|Equivalencies will be considered.
||Qualifications that are similar or comparable to those required by the
|Must have the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team environment
||Individuals on staff are organized into teams consisting of professionals
(e.g., doctors, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, pharmacists) who
must work together on the same projects or cases.
|Your experience will be complemented by excellent managerial skills.
||You will be an excellent candidate if you can offer excellent managerial
skills in addition to relevant experience.
|International Elevator Company invites applications for a bilingual
|| The employer is seeking candidates who are fluent in both official languages
- French and English.
|The ideal candidate will have five years of post-qualification experience.
||The employer wants someone who has worked for at least five years after
completing his/her qualifications (certificate, diploma, licence, degree).
|This opportunity would appeal to a hard-working individual.
||This opening will interest or attract people who like/are willing to work
|The successful candidate will have in-depth knowledge of MS Office.
||The employer needs someone with solid, strong, excellent, comprehensive
knowledge of this computer software.
|The successful applicant should have a working knowledge of
||The employer is looking for someone with enough practical knowledge of
Excel (a computer spreadsheet application) to be able to use it on the job.
|French communication skills are considered an asset.
||A quality or skill that is desirable, but not demanded
|Exposure to diversity in the workplace is a definite asset.
||The employer thinks that familiarity/experience with a diverse workplace
is a valuable qualification for the job.
|Previous manufacturing experience is a must.
||The employer will consider only those applicants who have previous manufacturing
experience; this qualification is essential or mandatory.
|We are looking for a person who thrives on challenge.
||The employer wants someone who enjoys challenges and works best when he/she
is faced with a problem or difficult situation.