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 »

Awesome “Overlays” For Workday ATS Job Pages [2020 Update]

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Workday has risen to become one of the top applicant tracking systems for enterprise employers. However, If you’re one of these many Workday clients (like Walmart, McKesson, Target) you’ll need to customize your Workday career/job pages to really make them sing. Enter: Job page overlays (aka CSS overlays). It’s a solution you can integrate with Workday… 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 »

Engaging “Overlays” For iCIMS ATS Job Pages [2020 Update]

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iCIMS is a top 10 applicant tracking system in market share for employers. If you are an iCIMS ATS client (like Microsoft, General Mills, Foot Locker) you’ll need to customize your iCIMS career/job pages to really make them awesome. So let’s talk about iCIMS job page overlays. What is Job Page/CSS Overlay for iCIMS? A job… Read more »

Great “Overlays” For Kenexa-Brassring ATS Job Pages [2020 Update]

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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. You might want to check out job page overlays. What is a Kenexa-Brassring ATS job page overlay? A job page overlay is… 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 »

Big Employers Using Maps on Their Job Descriptions

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Job descriptions are evolving and turning into a one-stop shop for candidates; giving them as much information as possible to make the decision to apply or not. A key aspect of any job description/opening is location. We’re not talking about listing the city and state in the job req title, but actually providing a map… Read more »

10 Ideas to Spice Up Boring Job Descriptions

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Your job descriptions don’t have to be boring, text-based pages that reek of the days of dial-up phones and fax machines. Here are a handful of easy ways to spruce up your job descriptions to attract the very best talent. Note: Check out our free Job Descriptions Guide — it tells you everything we know… Read more »