Don’t Phone In Your Job Descriptions: 7 Tips To Write Better JDs That Will Yield Higher Quality Candidates

I used to dread writing job descriptions. Now I love them and can write them quickly.

🚫 Tip #1: Avoid the temptation to copy and paste JDs from your peers. You’re in competition with them too.

🧐 Tip #2: Be as descriptive as HR and legal will allow on work-life balance so candidates can opt out early.

πŸ’‘ Tip #3: Overindex on candidate clarity instead of hiding info from competitors who may be scraping the job posting.

πŸ‘·β€β™‚οΈ Tip #4: Present a process-centric responsibilities section for task worker roles.

πŸ“Š Tip #5: Present a metric-specific responsibilities section for knowledge worker roles.

βœ‹ Tip #6: Present company values as non-negotiables so candidates can opt out early.

πŸ”„ Tip #7: Refresh your team section every quarter. Things evolve.

There’s probably a book or course to be written on this topic. Two hours of training on writing great job descriptions can transform a manager’s team.

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