3 Examples of Pay Transparency Law’s Impact on Job Postings

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Pay Transparency is hotter than ever.  And equal pay laws are changing fast. 17 states now ban salary history to go along with 19 more local (cities, counties, etc.) bans, according to the great resource HR Dive (see Salary history bans). Some of the new state laws have an impact on your job descriptions/job postings. Not… Read more »

7 Controversial Stories About Job Descriptions [With Key Learnings]

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Job descriptions are in the news lately. A lot of controversy. I’m hoping you’re not in any of them. That got me digging. I went back a few years to find stories related to controversial job postings. There’s Uber, Abercrombie, Walmart and other lesser-known names as well. I’m starting a list here as a central… Read more »

3 Simple Ways To Create Transparent Job Descriptions

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The best candidates crave transparency. Employers who are hesitant about transparency in their job descriptions may inadvertently cause job seekers to lose interest (Harris Poll of 1,100 adults in May 2018). Here are some tips: 3 ways to create more transparent job descriptions 1. Salaries The #1 thing in job descriptions that candidates are about is salary… Read more »

What’s The Difference Between a Job Description, Job Posting and Job Ad?

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We’ve had some people ask about the difference between job descriptions, job postings and job ads. It’s a valid question since these terms are often used interchangeably. Here’s some clarity based on the many years my team and I have spent automating our job description software. What is a Job Description? The phrase “job description:… Read more »

10 of the Best Job Descriptions in 2019

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If you look at the best job descriptions (below) you’ll notice a pattern. Most have: Multi-Column Format — Easier to read. That’s why most magazines and newspapers use them! Good Employer Branding — Consistent color, font and perhaps even corporate messaging (especially helpful if a candidate comes from a job board and hasn’t seen the… Read more »

8 Key Steps of a Job Description Text Analyzer

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Are you shopping for job description text analysis software? Some recruiting leaders want this augmented writing tool because of the ROI they enable on hiring quality/diverse applicants (e.g. one client boosted their applicant to phone screen conversion from 5% to 17%; another saw a 4X increase in diversity and inclusion hiring). If you are looking,… Read more »

3 Types of Job Description Software (and Why Each Matters)

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In my view, there are 3 major types of job description software now available. And each has its own purpose. Here they are: 1) Candidate Experience Job Description Software Some clients of applicant tracking systems are not satisfied with the ATS job pages. It might be because: The URL shown is that of the ATS… Read more »

10 of the Best Job Descriptions in 2018

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Note: Here is the updated post for best job descriptions of 2019. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— 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! For… 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. Below are some common mistakes to avoid in your job titles: Note: This article is part of our ongoing series on job titles called: Job Titles: The… 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 offers… 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! And, for more tips on writing job descriptions, check out How to Write a Job Description — Best Practices… 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). For tips on writing job descriptions, check out… Read more »