Hey employers!!, to attract good CVs write good job descriptions

To Attract Good CV’s, Write a Good Job Description

When making a job post, it is important to load a job description that accurately describes the work that we need done, the rewards we offer, and the attributes of the type of person we are able to consider. If we fail to get this right, we could end up with a pile of unsuitable CV’s to wade through. In a worst-case scenario, we could drop our guard, and let a square peg in a round hole slip through.

The Two Main Things a Good Job Description Achieves

When we post a job on the internet, we place our hopes in heavily traded, congested space where everybody is trying to attract attention. It is a bit like being in a busy restaurant with too few waitrons, and wanting our bill so we can check out.

Your job description must instantly attract the attention of the right people, because they will be hurriedly scanning down the previews in search of what they want. You are not the only person competing for their attention. Make your offer exciting so people will want to bid for your position.

Once applied for, a job description becomes the applicant’s expectations and the basis for an employment contract if they are successful. Even if you replace it with a formal document, it still stands as the basis on which you chose each other.

Your job description must include the essential fields of job title, duties and responsibilities, skills and competencies required, reporting lines / working relationships, and the remuneration package.

Your Mind Set As the Employer

If you hire someone and later have to dismiss them for failed performance, and recover the situation afterwards, you will find there are sufficient reasons to take your time and get the job description right.

Remember, your goal is to attract applications with CV’s attached that match your requirements for the task. The only way to go about this is to write a job description that reflects your requirements accurately.

A Perfect Job Description to Attract Good CV’s

We can blame the internet for giving us instant gratification if we like, but the truth is our eyes glaze over after eight seconds, just one second less than this handsome fellow. This is why an effective job description on a job board needs an overview.

Part One – The Overview

This is where we hook our bait and catch our fish, but do not tell the goldfish please. Instead, we need to analyse carefully what is important to the average applicant in the skill level we want to snipe. Include a short summary of the following:

  1. The individual tasks the person will have to perform
  2. The procedure they will follow to achieve the outputs
  3. Why the job exists and what the responsibilities are
  4. How the position relates to others in the company
  5. The qualifications you expect the person to possess

TIP: Do not be too prescriptive. If your requirements are too specific, nobody may apply. You want somebody to grow easily into the task and enrich your business and themselves.

Part Two – The Main Description

If an applicant gets this far, you definitely have their attention. This is not the time to waffle on. Get to the point quickly and effectively because the interview has just begun and YOU are the subject! Come across in a friendly way as a nice person to work with. Touch on all these bases:

  1. Job Title – Make it sound good so the person is proud to tell friends
  2. Purpose Statement – What you expect the employee to contribute
  3. Job Summary – A broad overview of points four to seven below
  4. Function and Scope – A summary of points five to seven below
  5. Critical Duties – The critical success factors to thrive in the job
  6. Responsibilities – List these in descending order of importance to you
  7. Relationships – Position in the organization and work interactions

Finally, It is a Matter of Style

We mentioned earlier that a job searcher that reads your job description is actually interviewing you. If you are unsure, have someone check your writing. There are loads of people on freelancer sites who could assist you write a good description, and attract good CV’s.

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