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:

WHO IS THE COMPANY?
Remind me who you are – what’s your elevator speech?

WHAT IS THE JOB?
Don’t just list the qualifications you want, tell me what challenges I get to tackle.

WHY SHOULD THE CANDIDATE DO THIS?
Candidates have many different options. If you can’t sell an opportunity, your competition can.

WHERE IS THE WORK SITE?
The address of the HR office isn’t necessarily where the position will be located.

HOW DO I APPLY?
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.

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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.

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