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!
Just copy and paste your job description text into Hemingway and you can see things like:
- The grade level of your writing (this IBM job description is at the 14th-grade level which is “poor” and Hemingway recommends you aim for 9th grade)
- Use of adverbs, active versus passive voice and length of sentences
2. Microsoft Word’s Readability Statistics
If you’re a Microsoft app user, MS Word has a simple tool. Just go to Tools/Options/Spelling Grammar and make sure “Readability Statistics” is checked off.
It lets you see some basic stats like # of words, words per sentence and grade level.
Nike’s JD that I tested did well in terms of 0 passive sentences but could use some help lowering the grade level of readability
This writing tool digs deeper into readability algorithms (or “algos” as some of us nerds call it).
For example, it shows this Apple Care work from home job description as hard to read. It even lists out 3-syllable “hard words” as in harder-than-average to read.
4. Alchemy Text
How joyful or angry are your job descriptions. This writing tool let’s you paste your job description into it and see various scores such as:
- Keyword Density
- and more
This Facebook job ad’s primary emotion is Joy followed by Anger as distant second.
Paste your job description into this tool to help you write gender-neutral JDs.
These free tools are great for helping you write one job description at a time.
If you want all of your job descriptions to be the best-written in the world, you might consider Ongig. Oue software to analyzes the gender-appeal, readability, positive sentiment of all your jobs. We even have a pro copywriting team to then rewrite them for you.
Ping me for our latest demo if you think we can help!