It doesn’t matter what you do for a living; when you decide to look for work, you instantly become a marketer.

As a job seeker, you are required to advertise your qualifications and professional reputation – in other words, your personal brand – to employers and recruiters in your desired field online, in person and on paper.

One of the most important documents you’ll need to update or create for this process is your professional resume. A great resume is written with a specific job goal in mind. It’s tailored for each job application by showcasing your most valuable and relevant skills and positioning you as an ideal candidate for the job you want.

In order to ensure your professional resume will support your goals, gather some sample job descriptions that you’re interested in and qualified for.

By reviewing many job description examples, you’ll be able to identify what technical and soft skills, credentials and work experience matter most to an employer in your target field.

This will aid your job search in many ways. First, it will help you determine if you’re missing any important skills that recruiters are looking for. Once you have this information, then you can take steps to build up those skill sets with courses, certification programs, side projects or internships to become a more attractive job candidate.

Second, these sample job descriptions will help you decide which of your current qualifications should be highlighted throughout your professional resume and cover letter.

And finally, you can use example job descriptions to find the right words to describe the roles and responsibilities you held in each job listed in your work history.

To help you get started, I’ve listed a number of sample job descriptions below. For additional example job descriptions, search for listings on your favorite online job boards and check out the following links from Workable.com and Monster.com.

Search for two types of sample job descriptions:

  1. Job posts that are similar to roles you’ve previously held; and

  2. Listings that represent the type of position you’re currently targeting.

In both of these instances, don’t worry about the job’s location; for the purpose of this exercise, focus on job description and its requirements.

Use the sample job descriptions that match titles in your work history to beef up your professional resume’s Employment History section. Click on the following link to learn how to use these job listings to brag about your experience.

Once you’ve found at least three sample listings (I recommend looking for 3-5 in total) that describe your job goals, copy and paste the text of each job description into a Word document and bold any phrases that routinely pop up in the job listings. Then, highlight each term that describes a qualification you possess. Use this information to edit your resume and cover letter so that your key accomplishments and skills match those desired by your target employer. Your end result should be a professional resume that mirrors the employer’s requirements.

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Sample Job Descriptions

Account Manager Sample Job Description

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Accountant Sample Job Description

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Administrative Assistant Sample Job Description

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Business Analyst Sample Job Description

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Cashier Sample Job Description

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Customer Service Representative Sample Job Description

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Host/Hostess Sample Job Description

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Machine Operator Sample Job Description

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Medical Assistant Sample Job Description

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Office Manager Sample Job Description

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Operations Manager Sample Job Description

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Project Manager Sample Job Description

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Receptionist Sample Job Description

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Research Assistant Sample Job Description

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Retail Sales Associate Sample Job Description

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Sales Director Sample Job Description

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Sales Manager Sample Job Description

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Security Officer Sample Job Description

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Senior Account Manager Sample Job Description

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Senior Accounting Manager Sample Job Description

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Senior Business Analyst Sample Job Description

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Senior Project Manager Sample Job Description

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Senior Sales Associate Sample Job Description

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Senior Software Developer Sample Job Description

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Senior Software Engineer Sample Job Description

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Server Sample Job Description

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Software Developer Sample Job Description

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Software Engineer Sample Job Description

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Store Manager Sample Job Description

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Waiter/Waitress Sample Job Description

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