15 Examples of an Awesome “About Us” Statement

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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 reads:… Read more »

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

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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 ATS Systems Used by the Fortune 500 in 2019 (Workday Beats Taleo)

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2020 Editor’s NOTE — We have the updated version for 2020 here: Top Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS Software) in 2020 Enjoy! — Rob ——————- Workday is the #1 ATS system used by Fortune 500 companies, narrowly beating Taleo. That’s what we found after a review of the 476 Fortune 500 companies that show their applicant tracking… Read more »

Top 10 Feminine-Biased Words Used in Job Descriptions

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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 »

50 Phrases to Avoid So You Don’t Have Clinical-Sounding Job Postings

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Do your job postings have clinical-sounding words? Do they sound “prescriptive”. Perhaps they look like an attorney wrote them — full of “legalese”. Your job posting should, of course, be an ad…not a legal contract. Check out the beginning of this nursing job ad below (analyzed by Ongig’s Text Analyzer job description software).  Ongig’s software… Read more »