Cracking an Employer’s Code

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CREDIT: Rama, distributed under a CC BY-SA 2.0 FR license

Tailoring your application to the needs, wants, and values of the particular employer you’re applying to is a key to getting serious consideration, career advisers insist. But how can you find out what those needs, wants, and values are?

Job ads can contain a lot of crucial clues, if you know how to decipher them, writes Cheryl E. Ball at Inside Higher Ed. In a very informative essay, she demonstrates how to decode key passages and understand the subtleties of what departments are really saying about what they’re looking for in a prospective new faculty member. She also suggests ways of shaping your reply for maximum benefit.

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