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Skills and Responsibilities Required of a Job Seeker

You knew the responsibilities in your last job and your performance was measured against them, for the most part.  But in your new role as a job seeker, has anyone outlined what your are responsible for? In other words, what are the skills and responsibilities required of a job seeker today?

Job Seeker Responsibilities

A modern job search requires you carry out these duties.

  • Strategically manage online promotion of brand
  • Plan and implement marketing strategy/campaign
  • Develop new and manage existing relationships by systematic outreach and follow up
  • Perform prospecting on the phone and in person to build a pipeline of opportunities
  • Increase contact volume and enhance image in the community
  • Monitor activities and performance to ensure activities meet or exceed established plan
  • Balance a variety of projects simultaneously
  • Write strong technical and marketing materials
  • Other duties as assigned

job seeker responsibilities


Now, how about the skills required of a modern day job seeker.

  • Keen understanding of business etiquette
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong active listening abilities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (Public speaking a plus)
  • Organizational skills
  • Self directed individual contributor
  • Work well under pressure
  • Sales and marketing skills
  • Understanding of sales cycle and selling skills
  • Demonstrated time management skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Use of social media and new technology
  • Synthesize data
  • Database management skills
  • Familiarity of research tools and resourceful in finding market information
  • Customer service skills
  • Negotiating skills

job search skills

Infographic Job Posting

But wait, it gets even more fun.  I recently ran across an infographic job description and it caught me eye…literally. The service is called Jobgram.  (I also shared it on Google+ where there was some mixed response)

Here is part of what a Truck Technician job with Waste Management looks like.

Creating an infographic requires additional thought and effort on the part of the employer.  I like this a lot.  Too often we see bland, meaningless job descriptions. It may or may not catch on, but with the rise in awareness of employment branding…one never knows!

waste management job description infographic

















waste management job description part 2

I would love your input…what additional skills are required of a job seeker?


What do you think of the infographic job description?

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  • Ed Han April 6, 2012, 8:03 am

    Hannah, what a great comparison! I particularly like the second chart. And the infographic posting by WM did a fine job of catching my eye, actually. Indeed, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that up on Pinterest.

    • Hannah Morgan April 6, 2012, 8:19 am

      Good morning and thank you! It has long been said a picture is worth a thousand words…that’s where it is all moving, right?

  • Lisa Fields April 6, 2012, 8:46 am


    I love this Jobgram. Most adults are visual learners so the graphics, clean design and plain speak helps us grasp the vision Waste Management has for their future employees.

    I already had a positive view of Waste Management after watching the Undercover Boss feature that highlighted the company. This additional information you have shared with us only increases my impression of this company.

    Thank you for your continued passion for your profession.

  • Jenny DeVaughn April 6, 2012, 10:13 am

    Thanks so much for including our Jobgram in your post. You can find out more information about WM and our career opportunities by visiting:
    http://wastemanagement.jobs. We are also going to be on AMC’s newest show, “The Pitch”:

    • Paul Jacobs April 9, 2012, 5:01 am

      Hey Jenny – love the look / concept of The Pitch.

  • Paul Jacobs April 7, 2012, 2:59 am

    Thanks Hannah for mentioning my new venture Jobgram – and thanks Lisa and Ed for adding your voice to Hannah’s post as well. I’m working with some progressive and enthusiastic employers and establishing some great partnerships, so am looking forward to taking Jobgram to the next level in 2012. Ed, yes all our Jobgrams are up on Pinterest and other social platforms.

    • Hannah Morgan April 7, 2012, 5:19 am

      Good to meet you and thanks for your update, excited to see what 2012 holds. As the “war for talent” increases, I see Jobgram as a way for employers to differentiate themselves and of course, better brand themselves. Waste Management is a great example of a company that “gets it” (progressive and enthusiastic as you put it!) Best of luck and good luck!

  • Judy Dobles April 11, 2012, 11:09 am

    Hi Hannah, I know it may seem self-eveident, but I would add one more item to the list for job-seekers: know yourself and what you are truly looking for. I am not sure everyone spends enough time on self-reflection.

    • Hannah Morgan April 15, 2012, 6:36 am

      Yes, self awareness and self assessment are absolutely crucial, super point!

  • Steve Levy April 30, 2012, 5:49 pm

    As “out there” as I am, I just don’t think that infographic of WM’s job ad – as much as Jenny is a love – works for me. An infographic should presumably make understanding easier yet when it’s in the current form looks like the same job description words on a colorful background. Words or pictures – take your pick.

    BTW, every jobseeker HAS to be an analyst in their area of interest. Ultimately, you need to know what problems are on your bosses plate and how you can possibly solve them. Most people call it creativity – something that is so hard but so necessary to assess during an interview…

    • Hannah Morgan April 30, 2012, 7:02 pm

      I hear you and hopefully the job posting infographics will evolve. What I like about them in general is that they require the company to think a bit harder about what they really need and to define who they are. So often companies stink (that’s the PC term) at describing what they really need and who they are. I’m just testing my opinions on the infographic. It is the biggest change to come to job postings in awhile.

      I loved the post you wrote awhile back about how job seekers need to position themselves as a consultant while exploring opportunities/interviewing! Classic wisdom and advice! Yes, assessing people during an interview seems archaic. How can you really tell how they’ll perform until you’ve seen them in action. Maybe we need on the job video like they have in sports recruiting. Roll that tape! Ha!

  • Jamie Peil May 23, 2012, 2:52 pm

    Hi Hannah,

    At E*TRADE, we are currently test marketing the Infographic Job Description concept. I’m not sure if they are ready for prime time yet, but you can take a look at what we have done so far on our Pinterest site. I’d love to hear what you think.


    Jamie Peil