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Writing Job Descriptions

By writing the job description and candidate requirements first, you've saved a ton of time on writing the job advertisement itself. It's not quite as simple as copy and paste, however. You've also got to come up with a great headline, description of your company, and a few more pieces of information. Then, it'll be time to edit it.

The first part of the job advertisement should be the job description itself.

This is the information most candidates want to read first, so it should be front and center. If your job description is too long, try to narrow it down to the primary duties and responsibilities of the job. If your job description is too short — which it shouldn't be — flesh out the responsibilities a little bit more to offer more details

Next, you'll want to include the candidate requirements and preferences. It's even more important here to clearly state which abilities or skills are absolutely necessary and which are only preferred. Doing so will save both you and applicants a lot of time. If this section is too long, reevaluate whether these are necessary for the listing. Some may be common sense for those applying for the position.

If your requirements and preferences list are peppered with personality traits, it's a good idea to take those out. Candidates may read these and try to "perform" in interviews to the personality that you're looking for. It's better to remove them and let a candidate's natural personality shine through to gauge for fit.

The first part of the job advertisement should be the job description itself.

You need to let candidates know how they can apply for the job and what they need to show you (application, resume, portfolio, etc.). You might want to consider including a way for candidates to contact your business for more information or questions. If the posting has a deadline, include it here. If you already know that you won't send out rejection notices or letters, you should also state here that only successful candidates will receive replies.

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