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, job postings, etc.
8 Awesome Articles about Writing Job Descriptions
Author: Denise Sefton, Chief People Officer at dunnhumby
Published: August 7, 2019
UK company writes about its focus on gender-neutral JDs. It includes reference to the 2018 McKinsey study showing that gender-neutral employers outperform other companies in profits and revenues.
Author: Annie Pullen of Appcast
Published: March 5, 2019
A solid piece with tips on optimizing job postings such as title length (1 to 3 words), title jargon (don’t use it), right length of time to ask the candidate to apply (<15 minutes), and more.
Author: Carla Rudder at The Enterprisers Project
Published: February 28, 2019
IT candidates are different than your average bird. And so your job descriptions for them should be too. Some good tips in this article include:
- “The rule of 4” (limit your responsibilities, requirements and desired skills to just 4 things).
- Trainable instead? — 45% of IT leaders say that they could be more flexible on skills listed in a job description. If a skill is trainable, perhaps leave it out of the job posting.
- Don’t overlook soft skills (especially for entry-level candidates)
Author: LinkedIn Talent Solutions
Published: February 2019
7 great nuggets:
- Keep it concise
- Be careful of getting too casual
- Let candidates know what’s in it for them
- Don’t spend too much time talking up your company
- Define exactly what success looks like
- Get your job post up early in the week
- Use gender-neutral words for greater diversity
Author: LinkedIn Talent Solutions
Published: January 24, 2019
Includes survey data on:
- Length of job postings
- The top 8 things a candidate cares about on a job ad
- Casual versus formal tone
Author: Katrina Kibben
Published: January 15, 2019
A short-and-sweet list of 7 tips someone who writes a lot of job postings.
Author: Bailey Reiners at Built In
Published: December 8, 2018
This job board took their best performing job descriptions and broke down the 12 things that they contain.
This piece covers some things about writing job descriptions that you’ll rarely find in other fluffier pieces such as:
- Average Word Count
- Average Time on Page
Author: ClickIQ’s Blog Team
Published: November 27, 2018
December is a great month for cost-effective hires though expect a slight dip in applications. The cost-per-application (CPA) falls dramatically yet the response per advert is down only 4%. January is the best time of year for job adverts. Cost per hire drops by 65% while responses per job increases by 230%.
Author: Carmen Noble, Harvard Business School
Published: December 14, 2016
A great summary of the book What Works: Gender Equality by Design.
Author: Matt Sherman at Stack Overflow
Published: July 27, 2016
Great A/B split test on how showing salary information lifts the application clicks by 75%.
Published: May 6, 2013
This article by Indeed is older than the others but chock full of 19 easy tips on how to write more effective job descriptions. It covers some job posting topics rarely covered such as:
- How long a job title should be
- Should you be clever with a job title (no)
- Talk about day-in-the-life
I love posts like this. It’s quick to read and long on value.
Did I miss any?
Why I wrote this?
My team and I here at Ongig are on a mission to transform your job descriptions. We take many of the best practices (such as above) and automate it into our job description software. Please ping me or request a demo if you’d like to learn more.