10 Tips for Recruiting People with Disabilities in Job Descriptions

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

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

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

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

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

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

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

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

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

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

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

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

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

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. Note: Check out our free Job Descriptions Guide — it tells you everything we know about… Read more »

How Long Should a Job Title Be?

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

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

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

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 »

My Diversity Recruiting Webinar “Sneak Peek”

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

I’m a white man — so what do I know about diversity? Perhaps not as much as you. But I’ve studied it. Closely. My super-niche Ongig business has one focus: job descriptions. And Ongig has built diversity tools to make your jobs gender-neutral, higher in positive sentiment and more readable. Our software helped 4X the… Read more »

Why I Write my Job Postings at the 8th Grade Reading Level (or Lower!)

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

The goal of a job posting is simple. It’s to capture the right candidate’s attention with truthful content to help them decide whether to apply. Note: Check out our free Job Descriptions Guide — it tells you everything we know about writing job descriptions! What if I told you I could improve the effectiveness of your… Read more »

5 Free Tools to Write Better Job Descriptions

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

If you need to write better job descriptions, there are a few great free tools to use. Note: Check out our free Job Descriptions Guide — it tells you everything we know about JDs, job ads and the like! 1. Hemingway App Just copy and paste your job description text into Hemingway and you can see… Read more »

The 8 Key Stakeholders in a Job Description Rewriting Project

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

A head of Talent Acquisition asked me the other day:  “Who are the key stakeholders that need to be involved when rewriting job descriptions?” Here’s a quick-and-dirty list that might help you: 1)The Head of TA The head of TA should typically oversee this. If you’re lucky enough to have a head of recruitment marketing… Read more »

How to Write a Job Description Like an Ad Copywriter

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

You have to do better than a “copy-and-paste” of an old job description to write a job description that stands out and engages the best talent. Many of you still use job descriptions written by someone with little to no marketing skills. Or perhaps copy-and-paste the JD from an unknown source. Let me give you… Read more »

10 Tips for Writing Effective Job Descriptions

Posted by & filed under Writing Job Descriptions.

A few tips from my 20+ years of writing job descriptions: Note: Check out our free Job Descriptions Guide — it tells you everything we know about JDs, job ads and the like! Put First Things First The most important rule of the first sentence of a job description (or anything you write) is to get… Read more »