you’re searching for your ideal ScotGrad placement,
you might come across some language that is unfamiliar to you.
often be particularly tricky trying to work out what type of person an employer
is looking for, and whether your skills and attributes match up. Organisations
regularly use buzzwords and acronyms to find out about a candidates’
personality, ability and experience. Once you get your head around what it is
the recruiter is looking for, you’ll be perfectly placed to show off what you
have to offer.
Attention to detail
have already read ScotGrad’s guide to CV writing, so you will already know to spell
check your CV for every application. However, if an employer is looking for
someone with a close attention to detail, triple-check your CV and application
for spelling and grammatical errors before submitting.
one of the most common phrases employers use in their candidate specification. Candidates
often tend to describe themselves as ‘dedicated’ or ‘driven’ in their applications
to demonstrate their motivation to work hard and their commitment to
self-improvement, go a step further and include an example where you showed
this quality. They want to hire people who will work hard and always look for
ways to improve the organisation and themselves.
you’re confident taking on new tasks, learning new skills or finding creative
solutions to problems, you should fit the bill as a dynamic person. Employers
regularly specify dynamism as a desired characteristic to attract people who
are unafraid to challenge themselves by taking on something new.
which specify flexibility as a requirement are looking for employees to be open
to changes in their role to meet changing demands. In some cases, you may be
asked to travel within your role, or work outside your normal hours for
want new recruits to fit into the company culture and positively contribute to
the team. While many applicants would describe themselves as a good team
player, you can stand out from the crowd by using an example of a time that you
went out of your way to help a colleague, or team member to achieve a goal.
sectors and roles will have their own jargon and acronyms relating to the
specific roles advertised and their industry. However, some of the most
commonly used acronyms on placement adverts include:
B2B/B2C – Business to Business/Business to Consumer
relevant to sales and marketing placements, these acronyms define who the
organisation’s target market is.
DOE – Dependent on Experience
placement salaries will vary depending on the level of experience you have.
P.A. – Per Annum (per year)
placement salaries are calculated on an annual basis. If the placement is
shorter than 12 months, the salary will be calculated on a pro rata basis.
SME – Small and Medium-sized Enterprise
of 10 enterprises in Scotland are SMEs – an organisation that employs fewer than 250 people and
whose annual turnover does not exceed £50m.
Remember you can get
expert advice on your application and CV from your Careers Service. Contact them here.