Create a Winning Job Description in Minutes

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Create a Winning Job Description in Minutes
David Banaghan
3 minute read
Interview Skills

Stop wasting time with irrelevant and unwanted applications. Create a winning job description in minutes and attract the right candidate for the job.

It is so important to make a good first impression and essentially that is what the job description does. It is the first taste a potential new employee gets of your business, do you want it to be sweet or sour? Dedicating a little bit of time into creating a detailed and well developed job description will significantly enhance your chances of attracting the most suitable applicants to your business.

Here are a few short steps to help you master the job description.

Basics

Firstly, what is the job title. Is it a full time or part time role? Where will the job be based? Giving the city name is not enough you need to give the area, candidates must be able to plan their commute before they even apply.

Why spend time screening a candidate and scheduling an interview only to find out that the commute is a barrier. Is the salary hourly, weekly, monthly? Is it negotiable or competitive? What are the hours? Is there weekend work?

In a couple of bullet points at the top provide this essential info. It may seem detailed, but your time is precious and you don’t want to waste it dealing with applications that won’t ultimately fit the bill because one of the job prerequisites doesn’t suit.

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Attraction

You wouldn’t walk up to the first person you see and immediately assume you know them, you ask questions, discover who they are, what they are about. Candidates want to know about your company, not just what the job entails, but what environment they could be joining. In a short paragraph outline your company culture and job perks, make the job attractive.

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Details

The body of the job description should outline the job responsibilities in short and specific bullet points.

Be realistic about what you want in a new hire. Separate what is essential and what is nice to have. If the job is outside your realm of expertise reach out to the team or colleague closest to the job requirements and ask them to provide a list of what the essential and nice to have skills are.

Progression

One of the biggest influencing factors for high attraction rates is career progression. Make your job opportunity attractive by showing that your organisation has given thought to a progression plan.

Where can the candidate expect to take their career with this job? It’s definitely a worthwhile exercise asking your organisation these questions and put a couple of lines in the job description about where this role could go over time if the candidate were to do well or where other people in the organisation have taken their career along a similar track. 

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How to enhance your job descriptions even more

Do you have promotional videos or material? Include it with the job advert so that candidates can get really bought into your company brand and the interview process. Make sure to include how the candidate can apply to the role. Is it through you career site? If so provide the link. Is it via an email address, be sure to include it.

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Once you’ve perfected your job description, Occupop is here to do the rest. Our recruitment software helps you post your description to 20+ job channels, and our AI technology adds screening questions as well as helps you sort through CVs and schedule interviews. Your recruitment just got easier, faster and smarter thanks to Occupop!

Visit our website at www.occupop.com to get started for free today, and subscribe below to get more of our recruitment trends, tips and tricks sent straight to your inbox.

Summary Points

Dedicating a little bit of time into creating a detailed and well developed job description will significantly enhance your chances of attracting the most suitable applicants to your business.

  • Basics: In a couple of bullet points at the top provide this essential info. It may seem detailed, but your time is precious and you don’t want to waste it dealing with applications that won’t ultimately fit the bill because one of the job prerequisites doesn’t suit.
  • Attraction: Candidates want to know about your company, not just what the job entails, but what environment they could be joining. In a short paragraph outline your company culture and job perks, make the job attractive.
  • Details: Be realistic about what you want in a new hire. Separate what is essential and what is nice to have. It is always worthwhile to reach out to the hiring team or colleague closest to the job requirements and ask them to provide a list of what the essential and nice to have skills are.
  • Progression: One of the biggest influencing factors for high attraction rates is career progression. Make your job opportunity attractive by showing that your organisation has given thought to a progression plan.
  • Bonus content: Include any video content or testimonials with a job advert so that candidates can get really bought into your company brand and the interview process. 
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