3 Common Formatting Mistakes to Avoid On Your Job Descriptions

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Formatting is a top priority in job description writing because formatting affects readability which impacts the candidate experience. Making a job description easier to read exponentially increases the probability of a job seeker reading the entire job description — and that increases the chance of an apply. Here are 3 common job description formatting mistakes: 1…. Read more »

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Job Description

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Words matter…especially in job descriptions. Here are 7 mistakes to avoid when writing YOUR job description: 1) A Long Job Title Many companies use job descriptions that are too long, resulting in lower click-through. This applies to both job postings on job boards as well as on your own company career site. Here are a… Read more »

5 Companies that Use Employer of Choice Awards on their Job Descriptions

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If you’ve won an employer of choice award, that is a clear example of “social proof” to your candidates. We recommend you use it on every one of your job description pages. Note: Social Proof is one of the 6 proven principles of influence/persuasion from one of my favorite business books Influence by Robert Cialdini,… Read more »

10 Samples of an Effective EEO Statement

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The purpose of an EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) statement is to comply with EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) law but there’s also a marketing aspect to it. The words in your EEO statement (which often appear in all your job postings) are also words that a candidate will measure you by. In fact, many employers are adding hot new… Read more »

Top Job Search Channels: The Disconnect Between Employers and Job Seekers

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There’s a big disconnect between what candidates and employers think is important, according to the Hinge Research Institute’s Employer Branding Study, a survey of 800+ professionals. They split up the audience into 2 camps: Talent-Evaluators (aka Employers): Professionals involved in their firm’s recruiting and hiring process. This group responded to questions about how they search for and… Read more »

5 Great “Overlays” For Kenexa-Brassring ATS Job Pages

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If you’re a Kenexa-Brassring ATS client, you are likely frustrated with how your default job pages look “out of the box” without any customization. And that’s a clear obstacle to you having effective employer branding/candidate experience. Here is an example of a basic, “out of the box” job description page of a Kenexa-Brassring ATS client: Below are 5 examples… Read more »

3 Awesome Company Diversity Pages

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If you’re serious about diversity, it helps to have a dedicated diversity page. Here are 3 company diversity pages that impress us: Apple Company Diversity Page How killer is Apple? I know: a bunch of us are fanboys (and fangirls!), but Apple comes right out with a sweet-looking diversity page with hard data on their… Read more »

10 Examples of an Awesome Company Career Page

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If you want to have the best company career page, look at some of the career home pages below. Some are terrific all the way through and others have a couple of awesome ideas you can borrow. GoDaddy Company Career Page Attention-grabbing hero media Custom header with career-oriented links Video of company culture Employer of Choice awards/badges… Read more »

Geico’s Awesome “Meet Our Recruiters” Page

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I’m going to keep hammering home this point. The best candidates (including millennials and Generation Z) tell us that they would prefer you to be transparent. Afterall, your people/recruiters are your brand. For inspiration, check out this “Meet Our Recruiters” list that insurance company Geico does…   This page lists out about 30 recruiters. Ongig automatically inserts… Read more »

5 Examples of Effective “Overlays” for Taleo Job Pages

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If you’re a Taleo ATS client, you are likely frustrated with how your default job pages look “out of the box” without any customization. And that’s a clear obstacle to you having effective employer branding/candidate experience. Below are 5 examples of employers using “overlays” to Taleo to give themselves job pages that stand out, engage and convert.  Ongig… Read more »

Nestle Puts Their Own Spin On Candidate Chat

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Congrats to Nestle on their launch of “Candidate Chat with Us” feature on their company career page– it’s a great example of using employees as brand ambassadors. A candidate visits NestleUSACareers.com and sees a “CHAT WITH US” in the upper right hand-corner just as prominent a call-to-action button as the job search button below it (see… Read more »

The Top 8 Things Candidates Really Care About in Employer Branding

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When it comes to your employer brand, there’s a disconnect between what the candidate really cares about versus what you employers think they care about. That’s one finding from Hinge Research Institute’s recently-released terrific Employer Brand Study where they surveyed 800+ employers and job seekers. The study is full of great employer branding research but this one graphic below really stood… Read more »

Topgrading for Dummies: The 3 Must-Haves for Hiring an “A-Player”

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I know Topgrading really well — and I feel like a Jedi when I use it to hire. In October 2005, a bunch of my favorite friends (including the great Eben Pagan) and I got certified in Topgrading directly from Topgrading book author Brad Smart in his hometown of Chicago. For us hiring nerds, it… Read more »

Best of Talent Acquisition Summit 2017 (in Tweets)

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The Talent Management Alliance puts on a handful of talent, people, and recruiting conferences every year. Last week was the 2017 Talent Acquisition Summit which covered the following topics: Employer Branding Best Employer branding tools Employer branding strategy Recruiting and Sourcing Strategy Sourcing high quality talent Internal mobility strategies Employee referral programs Streamlining and Automation… Read more »

San Francisco Biotech Couple Posts This Nutty Job Ad for a Personal Assistant

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If you ever thought that your job descriptions were too picky, just read on. A biotech couple in San Francisco posted a rather unusual ad on Craigslist last week. I pasted the full ad below with bold highlights for parts that stood out or made me chuckle. I also included a few “RK Notes” with my own commentary…. Read more »