Writing An Effective Job Ad With A Talent Acquisition Pro

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I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Scott Birkhead recently. In addition to his role as Director Talent Acquisition at Korn/Ferry Futurestep, he has run his own career coaching business, is an enthusiastic student of direct marketing gurus like Perry Marshall and Dan Kennedy and is a job ad guru. We got to talking about how… Read more »

7 Steps to Writing the Best Job Descriptions

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Writing job descriptions may be the single most important thing you do to attract quality talent. I recommend you use the 7 steps/sections below when writing your job descriptions. I’ve also included 20 examples of how leading employers create their job descriptions. Note: If you’re looking for an automated way to write/rewrite job descriptions, check out Ongig’s new Text Analyzer… Read more »

Uber’s Billion Dollar Job Description on Twitter

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It is inspiring that Uber’s first hire was through a contrarian job description on Twitter by co-founder Travis Kalanick — with a super-fast reply from a then-stranger.. Here’s the job post from 6 years ago: A guy named Ryan Graves replied 3 minutes later (below) and got the job — Ryan is now head of Uber’s Global Operations. Uber… Read more »

Uber Job Description Reveals Largest Talent Rollout Ever

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A recent look at a job description for Uber (Counsel, Regulatory LATAM in Mexico City) happened to mention a new milestone: that Uber is now in 350+ cities. A closer look at data from all of Uber’s open job descriptions (there are more than 1,300 these days), courtesy of the Silk data visualization tool, reveals that Uber is likely the largest… Read more »

CDK Stands Out With Eye-Opening “Infographic” Job Descriptions

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If you want your jobs to stand out to the best talent in the world, you need your job description to pop. One innovative new approach CDK Global is using is to include a graphic about the job within the job description — I call this an “Infographic Job Description” — let me know if you… Read more »

Evergreen Jobs

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I’ve seen companies spend $500K+ per year on media-buying and 3rd party staffing commissions for a job role they need a ton of people for (an “evergreen” job), yet they spend almost nothing on the job description page itself. Here are a few thoughts on why, how and when to create a specialized evergreen job… Read more »

Uber Job Ad Reveals Company Mindset

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I’m not an Uber-hater. I use the service every couple of months, and I’ve always had a positive experience. What I am is an employment branding strategist. I live in the online recruiting world every day. This includes assessing job descriptions. I’ve read thousands of them in 2014, and I just read one for Uber that… Read more »

11 Examples of Modern Job Descriptions

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We all know job descriptions are important. 77.3% of candidates say that JD’s are the most useful content regarding employment with your company (source: Candidate Experience Awards Survey 2014). Note: Check out our free Job Descriptions Guide — it tells you everything we know about JDs, job ads and the like! For even more tips on… Read more »

The Makings of a Modern Job Description

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For all of the energy and resources being poured into Employer Branding, one major pain point still remains: job descriptions. Job descriptions are easy to pick on, and for good reason. Most of them are text-riddled, mis-formatted, non-mobile friendly web pages that you wouldn’t send to your best friend. It’s not like most companies don’t… Read more »

Taleo’s New First Impression

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Your company has spent thousands of dollars building an awesome careers site. The result being a beautiful front page featuring videos, pictures, social streams, and employee testimonials. The catch is that this is not the first impression for the majority of your candidates. Over 50% of candidates will come to your careers site from job… Read more »

Kudos to Asana for Using “Responsive Design” in their Job Descriptions

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If the mobile traffic to your job pages is like Ongig’s or our clients, you’re seeing about 15% to 25% of your users using a smart phone or tablet.  And that % is about double what it was last year. But the smaller screens mean that you’re going to have adjust the design of your… Read more »

Zuck Wants Facebook’s Top Recruiter to “Delight” Candidates

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I was catching up on email while standing in line at Peet’s in Oakland yesterday morning when the headline for a job description caught my attention: “Head of Global Recruiting for Facebook” Wow, we here @Ongig study job ads a bunch — I wondered what Facebook is looking for in its top recruiter. The full… Read more »

How Much Time Will Candidates Spend On Job Descriptions? (Our Top 10)

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Some of you have asked Ongig: “How engaged are job candidates with the next-gen job descriptions you’re building?” One metric we look closely at is “average time on page.” Below are the top 10 job descriptions based on time avg. spent per page (note: all are Ongiggitized jobs).

Avoid These 3 Mistakes & Your Job Posting Won’t Suck

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If you need to create a job description, we’d prefer you use Ongig and have yourself a next-gen “social job description.” But if it is absolutely necessary for you to write a job description through some other means, please try to avoid making these 3 mistakes. 1) A Robotic-Looking URL The URL for a job description needs… Read more »