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Hueman Blog Talk | How To Write Job Descriptions That Attract Top Talent

March 07, 2024 Talent Acquisition, Recruiting, & All Things Hiring
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Hueman Blog Talk | How To Write Job Descriptions That Attract Top Talent
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Crafting the perfect job description isn't just about listing duties; it's about capturing the essence of your company and the heartbeat of the role. That's precisely what we dissect in our latest episode — pulling apart the threads of what makes a job listing leap off the page and into the heart of your ideal candidate.

Expect to absorb the art of balancing a vibrant company culture pitch with the nitty-gritty of role responsibilities and distinguishing must-haves from nice-to-haves in qualifications. Moreover, we take the mystery out of salary transparency and underscore the allure of benefits in tipping the scales for top talent.

We're not just talking theory; we're sharing actionable insights to revolutionize your recruitment strategy. From embracing inclusive language that opens doors to diverse applicants to mastering SEO tactics that ensure your job descriptions rise to the top of search results, every angle is covered.

Tune in for a treasure trove of tips woven together with real-world examples that illustrate how to align your employer brand with job seekers' expectations and aspirations. This is your ticket to not only attracting candidates but also engaging the ones who will flourish in your organization’s unique ecosystem.

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Welcome to the Human Resources Audio Blog, where we bring you valuable insights on talent acquisition, human resources and workforce planning and management. In today's episode, we're discussing the critical role that job descriptions play in the hiring process and how you can craft effective ones to attract top talent. Stay tuned and subscribe to our podcast channel for more helpful content. Now let's dive in. Let's start by unpacking what exactly a job description is. At its core, it's a comprehensive document that outlines the duties, responsibilities, skills and requirements of a specific role within an organization. Think of it as a detailed roadmap for both employers and job seekers, providing clarity on what the position entails and what a new employee can expect upon joining the team. Now let's review the components of writing a compelling job description. First and foremost, it should consist of several key components, each playing a crucial role in attracting the right candidates and setting expectations for the role.

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Let's start with the job title. It's essential to keep it concise and packed with keywords that job seekers are likely to search for. Research indicates that titles with 80 characters or less received the most clicks, maximizing your job post visibility. Moving on to the summary section, this section is your opportunity to showcase what makes your organization unique and why candidates should want to work there. According to Indeed, 72% of job seekers say it's extremely important to see details about company culture and job descriptions, so use this section to highlight the company's mission, core values and any other details that paint a picture of your company culture. In the section detailing responsibilities and expectations, be sure to provide a detailed list of duties, day-to-day tasks, reporting structure and any supervisory responsibilities. This gives candidates a clear understanding of what will be expected of them in the role. When listing qualifications and requirements, make sure to distinguish between required and preferred qualifications, such as education, years of experience and technical and soft skills. This helps candidates understand the minimum qualifications they need for the job. Now let's talk about salary and benefits. While listing compensation is optional, it's highly recommended, as it demonstrates transparency and can help reduce the number of unqualified applicants. In fact, 91% of job applicants said that including salary ranges and job posts would affect their decision to apply. Additionally, don't forget to highlight your company's benefits and perks, such as PTO insurance coverage, retirement plans and flexible schedules, as these can further sweeten the deal for potential candidates.

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In addition to those critical items, there are a few other key things to remember when crafting your job descriptions. The first is using inclusive language. This is essential to ensure your organization welcomes all job seekers and attracts diverse candidates. Be mindful of using gender-neutral terms. For example, if you are hiring for a sales position, use the term salesperson instead of saying salesman. Keep your job description clear and concise by using short sentences and bullet points to make the text scannable. The best performing job descriptions typically contain between 300 and 600 words. Ensure your job description is SEO optimized to increase visibility by including relevant keywords, using subheadings and linking to your website where applicable. Lastly, the tone of your job description should reflect the organization's culture and employer brand, whether it's conversational and they blade back, or traditional and professional. The tone you choose will help candidates get a sense of the organization's personality and determine if it is a good fit for them. Following these tips can help you create job descriptions that attract the right candidates for your organization.

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Thank you for joining us on this episode of the Human Resources Audio Blog. For helpful links and additional resources related to this topic, please check out the podcast notes. Also, don't forget to subscribe to the Human Resources Podcast channel for more valuable content on talent acquisition, recruiting and workforce planning and management. To learn about Human and our recruiting services. Please visit humancom for more information.