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The Art of Crafting Job Descriptions That Attract Top Talent


Talent acquisition has become more competitive in recent years, which means recruiters need to raise their game to attract the best candidates. One area that can be overlooked is the simple job description, which can and should be so much more than a simple advert of the available role littered with SEO keywords.

Crafting an effective job description is something of an art, and it can make the difference between attracting top-tier candidates and just blending into the noise. There is also a fair bit of psychology involved too, with job descriptions an opportunity for the recruiter to tap into the mindset of potential applicants to make the position resonate on a much deeper level than a mere job title and list of requirements ever could.

By focusing on clarity and inclusivity, as well as the unique value proposition your company offers, you can create compelling job descriptions that attract the exact kind of talent you are searching for. Ultimately, you are trying to resonate with the candidates and help them envision their future with your company, practically compelling them to take the next step in their career journey with you.

While that might sound like a job for someone with a doctoral degree in psychology, it is quite easily achieved by following the steps outlined below. So follow these steps to craft engaging job descriptions to attract the best talent on the market.

Understand the Candidate’s Perspective

The best candidates are much more likely to apply for a position that speaks to their career aspirations and personal values. So, before you start writing anything, it is vital to take some time to understand the perspective of your ideal candidate. Identify what motivates them, and what their likely pain points are in the workplace.

By understanding these basic needs and desires, you can tailor your job description to address these elements directly.

Create an Engaging Job Title

The job title is the first thing candidates see so engaging with them starts there. The name of the role sets the tone for the entire job description, so it should be clear, concise and descriptive, and yet intriguing enough to catch the eye of the best candidates.

Try to avoid jargon and overly creative titles that might confuse potential applicants and focus on terms that candidates are likely to search for and that accurately reflect the role.

Use Positive and Inclusive Language

Language plays a powerful role in shaping perceptions, so choose your words carefully when crafting your job descriptions. Positive and inclusive language not only attracts a diverse pool of candidates but also conveys a welcoming and supportive company culture. Avoid gendered terms and phrases that might inadvertently discourage certain groups from applying (Fire Fighter instead of Fireman, for example).

There are also tools like gender decoder software which you can run your job descriptions through to pick up on any subtle linguistic gender-coding to ensure your job description is neutral and inclusive.

Highlight Benefits and Opportunities

You want to keep in mind that the top talent will often be looking beyond the immediate job role. They want to understand what’s in it for them in the long run, so make sure to highlight opportunities for growth, professional development and career advancement. Mention any mentorship programs or training opportunities if you have them, and include any potential for promotion, as all these things will make a role appear more attractive to the best candidates.

Also outline any company perks such as flexible working hours, health benefits and other work-life balance initiatives that can tip the scales in your favour.

Focus on the Vital Requirements

Be clear and specific about the job responsibilities and requirements, using bullet points to break it down and make it easier for candidates to skim through and gain an immediate understanding of the role being offered. However, you don’t want to overload the description with too many requirements, so focus on the vitals rather than an exhaustive list to avoid intimidating potential candidates who may meet most, but not all, of the criteria.

Create a Compelling Company Story

Your business has a unique story, culture and set of values, so share this narrative to help candidates connect with your company on a personal level. Describe your mission, vision and the impact your organisation strives to make.

This storytelling aspect of the job description can evoke an emotional response and attract candidates that are keen to be part of something meaningful.

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