Action Verbs for Job Descriptions [The Comprehensive List]

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Action verbs are the most effective verbs to use in job descriptions. What is an action verb? It’s a verb that expresses physical or mental action. Examples of action verbs: The CEO motivates his team. The developer writes code. The accountant approves the balance sheet An action verb is distinct from linking verbs (am, are, is, was,… Read more »

7 Examples of Well Written Job Descriptions [With Tips!]

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Well written job descriptions aren’t easy to come by. Most JDs are written by busy hiring managers or recruiters. They read more like a legal contract than clean ad copy. Below are 7 tips based on examples of well written job descriptions I found on the web. Tip #1 for Well Written Job Descriptions: Use Questions… Read more »

5 Lessons I Learned from Cynet’s “Preferably Caucasian” Job Posting Debacle

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When Cynet Systems, an Inc. 5000 company out of Ashburn, Virginia, had its job posting debacle last month, I decided not to write about it. Cynet CEO Nick Budhiraja and his team had reached out to Ongig (we have software that helps avoid such issues). I thought I’d hold off on giving my take on… Read more »

Employer Required to Pay $250K for Poorly Written ADA Job Description

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The placement of a single bullet in a University’s job description cost it $250,000 under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Job descriptions, under the ADA, can be the “evidence” that courts use to rule in a lawsuit. This is a cautionary tale for employers, especially those who consider rotating work schedule to be an… Read more »

5 Free Hacks for Writing Effective Job Descriptions

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I’d love it if you used Ongig’s Text Analyzer software for writing job descriptions. But it’s not free and I understand we might be beyond your budget. So, in the meantime, here are 5 free “hacks” (tools) for you to write more effective job descriptions. Writing Job Descriptions Free Hack #1: Word Count Optimizing the word… Read more »

Why Starting Your Job Postings with “About Us” is Usually a Mistake

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Where should your “About Us” section go in a job posting? The start? The middle? The end? If you guessed the start, you’re not alone, but you might be in for a surprise about its effectiveness. An informal survey of job postings on Indeed, Glassdoor and Google for Jobs shows that 53.8% of employers start… Read more »

10 Tips for Recruiting People with Disabilities in Job Descriptions

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People with disabilities can, of course, be your most productive workers. But just one word or phrase could make them feel excluded. This bias against people with disabilities is also called ableism. One type/example of ableism in job descriptions is the words we use to describe physical demands. If a candidate has a physical disability,… Read more »

5 Things to Look for in a Gender Neutral Writing Tool

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Gender bias is a hot topic! There is an absolute movement right now to attract more women in the workplace. Check out these 3 recent news stories: California became the first state to require that public companies have at least 1 woman on their board of directors Catalyst (the non-profit) launched #BiasCorrect as a gender… Read more »

8 of My Favorite Articles About Writing Job Descriptions

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I’ve written what I hope you find useful content on job descriptions. But there are other awesome articles out there written by others. And I love giving shout-outs when they’re due. Here are my favorite articles on job descriptions. I list them in order of when they were published (more recent first): 8 Awesome Articles about… Read more »

New Study Shows Gender Bias Against Women for “Brainy” Jobs

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Women are less likely seen as good candidates if the job mentions a high degree of intellectual ability, according to a new study. In 3 tests, published in the journal American Psychologist, more than 1,150 participants were asked to refer individuals for a job. Half of the participants were told that the job description required… Read more »

5 Examples of “Complex Words” That Hurt Your Job Ads

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Every word in your job ad counts. But your job postings often have complex words or phrases you don’t need  — they sound more like legalese than a job advertisement.  Replace or cut these complex words/phrases and your job ad’s apply rate can see a major boost. You’ll also often see an increase in good candidates…. Read more »

5 Reasons to Use a Text Analyzer for All Your Job Descriptions

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If you are hiring more than 50 people per year, you can benefit in a big way from using text analysis software for your job descriptions. Let me give you 5 examples: 1) To See How Your Job Descriptions Compare to Peers A good text analyzer compares your job descriptions to the industry on things… Read more »

A List of Offensive (Exclusionary) Words Used in Job Descriptions

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There are a handful of words and phrases that can crush your job descriptions. Use just one of these phrases and you could lose 50%+ of your candidates. These words are considered “exclusionary” by some and just plain offensive by others. Exclusionary words in job descriptions are so rampant, that Ongig’s Text Analyzer now flags them… Read more »

How Long Should a Job Title Be?

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I’m sometimes asked how long a job description title should be. Here are a few opinions from others I trust: 1 to 3 Words Job titles with 1 to 3 words had an apply rate twice as high as those with 12+ words source: “Shorter job ad titles led to higher apply rates” section of Appcast’s… Read more »

7 Tips on How to Write the Most “Readable” Job Descriptions

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You’ve heard me talk about “readability” in job descriptions recently. It’s vital. I now think of readability as one of the 3 main levers for writing a more effective job description (the other 2 are gender-neutrality and positive sentiment). The more readable your job descriptions, the higher the apply rates (we’ve measured this with machine learning)…. Read more »