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7 Ways to Write Better Job Descriptions

7 Ways to Write Better Job Descriptions
From Recruiter - September 7, 2016

To be an effective recruiter, you have to shoulder many responsibilities. Often, in your efforts to get everything done, it can be easy to lose sight of one of the keys to your overall recruiting success: quality job descriptions.

If your job descriptions areabove par and well written, theyll make your job as a recruiter a lot easier. Great job descriptions tend to weed out unqualified candidates and attract applicants who are more likely to succeed.

However, if your job descriptions are weak and generic, you may be struggling unnecessarily to find the talent you need.

With that in mind, here are seven tips to help you writebetter job descriptions:

1. Clearly State the Job Responsibilities

If the position requires two years of accounting experience, say that in no uncertain terms. If an employee will need tolift more than 50 pounds worth of product on a regular basis, emphasize that. If the responsibilities arent clearly stated, you will waste a lot of timereviewing the resumesof unqualified candidates.

2. Include Relevant Keywords in the Job Title

Its important to include keywords in your job descriptions so that the best candidates can find your roles.

For example, if you need a social media specialist, make your job title Social Media Specialist/Manager. Including both specialist and manager means you can attract a broader audience. Be sure to include keywords specific to the location of the job and its industry as well. That way, youll get better results from your listings.

3. Avoid Jargon

Dont say that your company is disruptive or that you encourage outside-the-box thinking. Be straightforward. Job seekerswant to know what your company is like and what it needs in plain English.

4. Explain YourValues and Culture

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