Don’t Forget the Little Things

20 April 2007 at 7:50PM Leave a comment

I’ve been reviewing job postings this afternoon, and was again reminded that my recruiter buddies often don’t do a very good job of crafting a solid recruiting description. Most of the jobs I see are little better than the classified ads.

My rule of thumb is that a good job posting must cover at least these five things:

Remind me who you are – what’s your elevator speech?

Don’t just list the qualifications you want, tell me what challenges I get to tackle.

Candidates have many different options. If you can’t sell an opportunity, your competition can.

The address of the HR office isn’t necessarily where the position will be located.

I just received a job via e-mail that didn’t even have the company name or the next steps. Should the candidate apply by fax? Phone? Telepathy?

What is stopping recruiters from doing this? My guesses are time and awareness.

As the labor market tightens, they’ll have to be aware. They’ll have to make time. The time is now.


Entry filed under: Corporate, NotHire. Tags: , .

The Best Recruting/Job Search Song – Take 1.0 How Not to Get a Job at uShip

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

My Core Ideas

1. "I can't tell you the best way to get a job - because there is no one best way. After 21 years of recruiting, I CAN share things I've seen candidates do to guarantee they DIDN'T get the job."

2. "Most companies don't realize how their recruiting process impacts their candidate pool, and their business. Attention to simple things will result in big improvements."

About the Author

Troy Bettinger, SPHR is a Denver Recruiter, Public Speaker, HR Metrics Analyst and Human Resources Leader who has been recruiting in corporate and municipal environments since 1991.

He specializes in the complete hiring process: defining, sourcing, recruiting, testing, interviewing, offering and orienting new hires. He's also well versed in strategic human resources, college recruiting, diversity recruiting, AAP, EEO, ATS integration, recruiting metrics, social media, recruiting leadership, training and employment branding.


Denver Jobs Tweets

  • Check out how the Denver Elections Division is planning on educating our community on the ins and outs of... 3 days ago
  • It's that time of year again! Join the Denver Elections Division for National Voter Registration Day at Civic... 3 days ago
  • Denver Parks and Rec is seeking Lifeguards for our brand new, state-of-the art Carla Madison Rec Center at Colfax... 3 days ago
  • Are you great with kids?! Looking for part-time work that is fun and great for the community? Denver Parks &... 5 days ago
  • The Department of Safety is seeking a Recruiting and Hiring Technician to assist in creating an amazing candidate... 6 days ago


%d bloggers like this: