Mistake #3: Learn how to write a job description

I can’t tell you how many managers have no idea or experience in writing a job description, and leave it to the HR department to do so.   Managers forget that candidates tailor their resumes to a posted job description when applying.  Often, you’ll find that companies leave out any human element to a job description.  Instead, it is important to include the human element that will attract specific candidates, such as:

·         “Have a passion for driving sales”

·         “Thrives on reaching daily goals, and has a ‘get out of the way’ approach to attaining a goal”

·         “Sharp verbal and written communication skills, including the skill for listening to others”

·         “An overall enthusiasm for selling pencils”

With the cost of advertising online, in local newspapers, and in trade publications, it is an enormous waste of not putting in the upfront time to prepare a well crafted description in order to attract the best qualified candidates. 


Worse yet, managers don’t even give much detail on the job itself and end up with a mish mash of resumes that end up in the trash.




One response to “Mistake #3: Learn how to write a job description

  1. I found this via a link from here: http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2007/08/how-to-not-hire.html

    I’d have to agree because when looking for my second job after losing my first, every ad I read was intimidating.. applicants were expected to know everything about print, web design, flash AND programming before applying. Excuse me? You want to pay me what,… $12-15/hr., maybe?

    Even the HR folks writing these ads should do some homework for the position they are posting. How many designers do print AND web not to mention the even slimmer fraction that can do both AND program (javascript, actionscript, php, etc).
    Managers should expect the worst possible applicants because anyone with some experience will know by reading these ads that the company is shooting high and probably offering an insulting salary for all this skill and talent.

    Working in the field for a few years has drastically changed how I interpret job postings. Instead of pandering to the posting company, I inquire about what they can offer me in work, challenge, pay, workplace environment (people and conditions), etc. Finding a job is like dating, you have to find a match where you both complement each other or one of the parties will certainly leave the situation dissatisfied.

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