Walk The Walk: Exploring the Anatomy of a Great Job Description

A quick scan of job adverts on job boards and careers sites shows that many employers are missing a trick (well, several tricks) when writing their job descriptions. These job descriptions are not that well optimized to attract talent and/or attract the qualified talent.

We have no doubt that many of the issues stem from time-pressurized employers just wanting to "get the advert up." The trouble is that studies show that the main reason for bad hires is rushing, according to CareerBuilder, and one thing which suffers during a rushed hire is the initial job description quality – which can put you on the back foot from the beginning.

But, even if you are rushed, time pressurized, or not that skilled in job description writing, there are several simple modifications you can make to your job advert to make it more effective.

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Walk The Walk: Exploring the Anatomy of a Great Job Description

What you will learn in this eBook

Job descriptions should match organizational needs, not create a disparity with employees of what their expectations were. In this guide, we will not only explore the anatomy of a great job description, but we will also learn:

Rushing job descriptions can be toxic to your hiring process
How to make your job descriptions realistic and simple
Why honesty really is the best policy
How you can not only talk the talk, but walk the walk!

Sneak peek

Job Description Must-Haves

A bad hire can cost a company tons of wasted time and money-literally. In fact, a study by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) found that turnover could cost businesses up to five times a bad hire's annual salary.

And with the Harvard Business Review pointing out that 80 percent of turnover is due to bad hiring decisions, now more than ever it's very important for employers to make sure that they are hiring the right candidates. Though some may look to correct errors within the hiring process, today we want to focus on the step before that step- job postings.


Don't Let the Pressure Get to You
Why Should You Turn Your Focus to Job Descriptions
Job Description Must-Haves
You Just Can't Talk the Talk

About the author

Anne St. Hilaire
Anne St. Hilaire
Anne is my name, marketing is my game. Slight obsessions include: antipasto, social media domination, and helping job seekers score the career of their dreams.
Walk The Walk: Exploring the Anatomy of a Great Job Description