City : Careers Advice Centre : Job Profiles and Job Descriptions
Why are Job Profiles helpful?
Job profiles give an overview on what a type of job might involve and what skills are required to get into the sector. You can check out the information available on the National Careers Service website to see what might be involved in lots of different jobs.
A job profile is really useful because it tells you what sort of skills employers in the industry are looking for. From a job profile you can deduce what may be in a job description for lots of roles within the sector.
So what is a job description?
Job description is an explaination of what a role involves - employers supply job descriptions when advertising for a specific job. When you start looking for jobs it's a good idea to print out a job description and read through it line by line, underlining each task involved and each skill they ask for.
Below we've given an example of part of a job description and what it might tell us about that role...
"The candidate should be able to work well with customers as well as working in a team"
The employer is telling us that they are looking for someone who is good at communicating with other people (both strangers and collegues) to successfully achieve a goal.
Think of an example you could use to prove you would suit this role:
When have you previously worked with others?
- This could be simply playing a team sport and communicating with team mates to successfully score a goal.
- This could also be working with a careers advisor to create a CV or fill in a job application.