5 Examples of Affirmative Action Plan Statements

Posted by & filed under Diversity and Inclusion.

Some of you need to have affirmative action plans, according to the Executive Order 11246 Title 41 Affirmative Action Requirements. As part of this, you publish what’s called an affirmative action statement  (or “affirmative action policy statement”) Below are 5 samples of affirmative action statements. You might also check out SHRM’s “Affirmative Action: Statement of Affirmative… Read more »

10 Examples of Awesome Inclusion Statements

Posted by & filed under Diversity and Inclusion.

Inclusion Statements appear on web pages, within job postings and, sometimes, in bigger reports (see PepsiCo below). They have become vital copy to attract the best talent. After all, the best talent values inclusivity. Here are 10 examples of Inclusion Statements I hope you draw inspiration from: 10 Inclusion Statement Examples   IBM IBM’s web… Read more »

15 Examples of an Awesome “About Us” Statement

Posted by & filed under Job Ads.

An About Us statement is a critical piece job posting or web site. Like any content on your job pages, it’s an opportunity to sell the candidate! After reviewing thousands of About Us statements through our Text Analyzer job description software, I want to share a few things in this article: What content to consider… Read more »

How and Why to Attract Former Felons in Your Job Postings

Posted by & filed under Job Ads.

With unemployment in the U.S. at the lowest rate (3.9%) in 19 years, companies like Apple, Boeing, McDonalds and Delta Airlines are hiring former felons. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo describes this massive talent pool: “70 million Americans have a criminal record—that’s 1 in 3 adults. There are currently 2.3 million people behind bars in this… Read more »

How Does Jeff Bezos Score Writing His First Amazon Job Ad?

Posted by & filed under Job Ads.

Early Amazon employee Glenn Fleishman told Internet History Podcast that Amazon had a hard time hiring developers in its early days. We decided to run Amazon’s first known job posting (from August 22, 1994) through Ongig’s Text Analyzer software to see how his job description text scores using today’s best technology. Ongig’s Text Analyzer is… Read more »

7 Tips on Job Posting Wording

Posted by & filed under Job Ads.

Job posting wording has a direct impact on your quality applications. Here are 7 tips that should help you nail your wording. Job Posting Wording Tip #1: Keep Your Job Title Simple The most important first words of your job posting are those in its job title. The job title affects whether a candidate opens up the… Read more »

Caution: Avoid These 3 “Exclusionary” Personal Pronoun Mistakes in Job Descriptions

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

Using the wrong personal pronoun (he, she, his, her, etc.) can turn off groups of candidates. Here are 3 examples of personal pronouns NOT to use along with synonyms I recommend.   Personal Pronoun/Job Description Tip #1: Don’t  Refer to Candidate as “He” Check out this first job ad below. In the second paragraph it… Read more »

The 50 Most Used Adverbs in Job Descriptions (and which ones you should delete)

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

A talent leader asked me when she should use adverbs in writing job descriptions. It turns out using too many adverbs in your job descriptions reduces your apply rate (more on that below). Reminder on the definition of adverbs: adverbs are intensifier words that give greater definition to an adjective, verb or other adverb.  Most… Read more »

Top 10 Feminine-Biased Words Used in Job Descriptions

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

Masculine vs. feminine job descriptions remains a hot topic these days. Last week I shared The Top 10 Masculine Biased Words Used in Job Descriptions. If you’re trying to gender-neutralize your job ads, eliminating those top 10 masculine-biased words is a good start. Some of you then asked: “What about feminine words — which words in job… Read more »