Spend five minutes browsing any online job boards in the world. Notice anything? It’s almost as if there were one person—or robot—out there writing every job description for every company.
They’re all painfully dry and repetitive. Why? Shouldn’t companies be more excited and proud when posting jobs online? Most of these descriptions make it sound like they’re trying to lure someone from a job they’re unhappy with into one that they’ll eventually feel the same way about in a year. And this is a big miss.
Companies should invest in writing more meaningful job openings and descriptions. Jazz them up. Get people excited about the opportunity to apply! If that means hiring a copywriter, so be it.
In today’s climate, candidates no longer want to settle for a paycheck simply. Millennials and Gen Z are looking for meaning. For a chance to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
Write Unique Job Descriptions
If your company has a unique product or mission, own it! Write your job descriptions with your company’s own unique tone of voice. Don’t settle for the repetitive droning you’ve seen everywhere else.
Writing job descriptions that stand out will do the following:
- Generate more candidates. Create a more competitive applicant field. Rather than receiving generic form cover letters and resumes, applicants will take the time to try and impress you. They’ll tailor their resume for your eyes only. They’ll write individualized and engaging cover letters. They’ll reveal themselves more fully because they want to impress you more than anything in the world.
- Subliminally communicate your company’s culture. If your company is a quirky and fun place to work, writing your job descriptions in a matching tone of voice will help weed out people turned off by such cultures, saving you precious time having to do this yourself during the hiring process.
- Don’t be afraid to turn job descriptions into creative writing projects. You’ll strengthen your applicant field and make your company stand out amidst a sea of sameness.
And you’ll have more fun along the way.
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