10 of the Best Job Descriptions in 2018

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Here’s a shout-out to 10 of the best job descriptions for 2018. They grab the candidate’s attention and engage them. Note: Check out our free Job Descriptions Guide — it tells you everything we know about JDs, job ads and the like! And the ATS systems used by the employers below (Taleo, ADP, Kenexa-Brassring and iCIMS) are… Read more »

Ongig’s Free Job Descriptions Guide

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I’ve written a lot about job descriptions. But I figure you might want one single place to quickly find something you need on anything related to JDs, job ads, job postings et al. So please enjoy this new Free Job Descriptions Guide. When I say it’s “free”, I mean it. It’s not gated. You don’t… Read more »

5 Things to Avoid in Your Job Titles

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A job title is the first part of a job ad that a candidate sees. Its purpose is critical: to get the candidate to click through to read the entire job ad. Here are some common mistakes to avoid in your job titles: 1) Too Many Words or Characters If your job title is too long, you’ll get… Read more »

Dell Inserts “Join Our Talent Community” Before Application on Job Descriptions

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Some of you may worry that you’ll lose a candidate during your lengthy ATS apply process. Dell has a nice workaround to make sure it doesn’t completely lose the candidate. Here’s the candidate experience flow: 1. The first step is that the candidate clicks apply on Dell’s nice dynamic job description:   2. Dell then… Read more »

Top 15 Problems TA Pros Have with Job Descriptions

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I wrote recently about The Top 10 Problems TA Leaders Tell Me About. Job Descriptions was the #1 category. Note: Check out our free Job Descriptions Guide — it tells you everything we know about JDs, job ads and the like! This week I’m sharing the specific problems within job descriptions that TA leaders reach… Read more »

Use A.I.-based “Recommended Jobs” to Capture the 80% of Candidates that Get Away

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Only 20% of candidates click apply on your job postings (see the “Hiring Funnel” section of this ERE article. for the full funnel). So what about the other 80% who did not apply? How many great candidates simply “got away”? One reason the 80% don’t apply is that you didn’t show the right job to them…. Read more »

Is Now the Time to Hire a “Chief Job Description Officer” ?

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There’s one thing that every growing employer has in common: job descriptions. And they have lots of problems/projects related to job descriptions. Talent acquisition leaders ask me/Ongig for help: adding video and pics to their job descriptions; adding recruiting widgets (LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Google Maps, etc.) to their job descriptions; rewriting their JDs to be more outward-facing;… Read more »

5 Easy Ways to Have More Consistent Job Descriptions

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Are your job descriptions consistent? If not, you risk confusing candidates and causing more work for your hiring managers and recruiters. Consistent job descriptions can also cut time-to-fill — specifically, the time it takes to get from req to candidate screenings (which can easily take 3+ weeks). Here are a few ways to have more… Read more »

5 Awesome “Overlays” For Workday ATS Job Pages

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All candidates are influenced by the core design concept of “contrast”. That’s why before-and-afters are so effective in advertising! If you’re one of the many Workday ATS clients (see Ongig’s free Top 100 ATS Report you might be frustrated with the “before” look of your job description (without software/design customization). The “Before” Workday Job Page… Read more »

3 Examples of “Mini Career Site” Job Descriptions

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Audra Knight recently recommended you treat your job description like a “mini career site“.  For many employers, more candidates will land on your job pages before they see your front door career page, because they are coming from sources like job boards or LinkedIn. And if they don’t like what they see on your job… Read more »

8 Ways to Create “Dynamic Job Descriptions”

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Most job descriptions are text-only and static. We all know that. So, how do you make a job description dynamic? Here are 8 ideas: 1) Branding (Header/Footer & Color Scheme) You might start with the simplest move: adding your branding. The branding items to include on your job descriptions include your: Header and footer (I’d… Read more »

Awesome Interview with “Employment Brand Boundary Breaker”

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Wow, I just listened to this podcast interview of the self-proclaimed “Employment Brand Boundary Breaker” Audra Knight (her real title is Recruitment Operations Manager for Tenable Network Security). And a shout-out to TA/Innovation consultant Matt Alder of the Recruiting Future Podcast who interviewed her — I enjoyed your interview style and am now checking out your other… Read more »

Do You Have this Massive “Drop-Off” From Career Site to Job Descriptions?

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Do you have this problem? You’ve got a solid-looking company career site page like this: The “Hotel Lobby Theory” …yet your job description pages look something more like this JD below. My friend Eric Osterman (Recruitment Marketing Manager at CenturyLink calls it the “Hotel Lobby Theory” — the lobby needs to look pretty but if… Read more »

3 Tips from U.S. Acute Care’s Branded Job Descriptions

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You can see 3 nice job description features below from new hospital organization U.S. Acute Solutions: 1. A picture of every office (hospital) This is an easy feature that every hospital group should consider since candidates want to picture where they work (and most hospitals have a quality picture of their location). The same applies… Read more »

5 Engaging “Overlays” For iCims ATS Job Pages

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If you’re an iCIMS client, you might want more engaging job descriptions than the out-of-the-box iCIMS job page which often looks something like this:   Below are 5 examples of iCIMS clients using “overlays” to give themselves job pages with stronger branding and candidate engagement.   1. T-ROC Big Title — They treat the job title… Read more »