19 Sep 2018

Employment Industry News
Sep 19, 2018

Need A Specific Skill? Why Your Job Description Should Say Exactly That

You’re in the process of tailoring your job post, and you’d really like to cast a wide net. The way you see it, the more resumes you receive, the better. The larger your pool of applicants, the more options you’ll have, and the more control you’ll exercise over the outcome…right?

Not exactly. In theory, a larger and wider applicant pool puts the cards in the employer’s hands. But in actual practice, you’ll be better off with a smaller pool of applicants, if those applicants hold skills that align with your needs. It may seem like you’ll limit your options if you load your post with narrow and specific requests, but you won’t; you’ll just save time and avoid hassle for yourself AND your candidates. Here’s how.

Just ask for what you need.

Be direct in your post. And yes, though it seems counterintuitive, be specific. Instead of asking for a “tech-savvy candidate” with “coding skills,” just list the skills necessary for success on the job. If you need JavaScript, ask for JavaScript. If you need XTML, just say so. If you need Advanced Photoshop, be clear, upfront, and narrow in your request. Yes, some candidate will self-select and exit the pool, but were prepared to hire these candidates despite their missing skills? If your answer is no, don’t waste their time (or your own).

What about skills that are hard to define?

If you need excellent writers, public speakers, client relationship management experts, or conflict resolvers, use terms that hew as closely as possible to the tasks your candidate will face on the job. For example, what kinds of conflicts will require resolution? What kinds of speaking engagements will the candidate step into? Without creating a job post that’s 10 pages long, try to give your candidate a sense of what her day will look like and how she’ll find success in this position.

Anticipate questions

Since a very specific request (“We need high-level budget management skills”) can lead to predictable counter questions (For example, “What does “high-level” mean?”), anticipate and address these questions in the post. The more accurate your responses and clarifications, the stronger your candidate pool will be. If you start with a strong pool, you’ll elevate your chances of ending the process with a truly winning candidate and an excellent long-term employee.

Work with a top staffing agency in Scottsdale

For more information on how to frame and draft your post in a way that attracts the best applicants and improves the outcome of your recruiting efforts, contact a top staffing agency in Scottsdale at the ACCENT Hiring Group.

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