NISA Nuzzles Vol 2 Nuzzle 16 September 12, 2018 Recruitment Tips: How to Create a Job Description That Helps Land the Best Hire

Sep 12, 2018

NISA Nuzzles Vol 2 Nuzzle 16 September 12, 2018  Recruitment Tips:  How to Create a Job Description That Helps Land the Best Hire

Hiring new team members is one of your most important duties as a manager. It’s also one of the trickiest. How many times have you had a position go unstaffed because you couldn’t find the right fit? Or you found the right fit but lost the candidate to a different company? There are no shortcuts to employee recruitment, but you can get better at it. Get the tips and resources you need to improve your recruitment efforts and land the talent your business needs to succeed.


Trying to compete for top talent in a tough hiring market? Here’s another question: Do you know how to create a job description that can help you find the right candidates and set the stage for a new employee’s success?

The job description is your hiring blueprint, and it needs to be thoroughly thought (or rethought) through. Do it well, and the rest of the hiring process — from evaluating resumes and job applications to candidate selection, interviews and salary negotiation — will flow much more easily. But writing it poorly risks a prolonged, expensive hiring process and increases the possibility of making a bad hire.

As you gather details to update or write a job description, you may want to seek input, if appropriate, from key personnel who will work directly with the new hire. These individuals may be able to provide valuable insight, because they understand the day-to-day workings of the department and the company. 

Knowing how to create a job description that’s tight and well-designed not only will help you find the right candidates during the search process but also set the stage for a new employee’s success. With that information in hand, a new team member will have a set of clear guidelines and an accurate picture of the manager’s performance expectations from Day One.

Essential elements of a great job description

If you’re copying and pasting the same job description over and over again into new job postings, you probably won’t attract the candidates you’re looking for. This document should change with each posting to suit the specifics of the available position. Here’s what you need to cover:

  • Job title (and job code number, if applicable) — Be specific here. Creative titles like Jediwizardand rock star might sound creative and appealing to candidates, but they’re vague. You want to choose a title that job seekers are searching for and will understand. Titles should be short: Simply refer to a position as bookkeeper, even if the official internal title is Bookkeeper and Occasional Copier Technician/Intern Manager, Level 15.
  • The opening hook — Writing a powerful opening connects with your audience and generates excitement about the position’s possibilities. A compelling introduction will also work to encourage potential candidates to read the rest of your job ad.
  • Organization and culture — Tell job seekers about your company. To attract the best candidates, you’ll want to pique their interest in the organization, if not excite them over the prospect of working with you. Promote the company’s strengths, lay out its mission, and paint a picture of the corporate culture and what it’s truly like to work there.
  • Department — Job seekers will want to know which department within the company is hiring — that’s one way they tailor their cover letter and resume, research the position and decide whether they’d be a good fit for the job. Don’t leave it to candidates to search for clues in your job description. Identifying the department will make both the application process and the vetting smoother.

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