Top Five Mistakes Recruiters Make on Job Posts

Faux pas that could mean months of employment vacancy

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As challenging as it is for job seekers to land that dream gig, it can be even more difficult for recruiters and HR professionals to find that perfect job candidate. But there could be some things you’re doing that hinder efficient progress in bringing in candidates. Here are a few job post faux pas that could mean the difference between a filled position and months of vacancy:

1. Your job posting lacks “deal breaker” specifics.

I realize that sometimes you don’t want to include an exact city or salary on the job posting to protect the identity of your client. But by failing to provide candidates with specifics, you’re only painting a very faint outline of the job that’s available. This leaves the job open to interpretation and means candidates are more likely to dismiss it and move on.

Think about it; some states and regions are pretty huge. To give candidates a better idea of where the job is, narrow down the location a bit. And saying a salary is “highly competitive” is pretty much the same as saying the salary is “?” Candidates want to have a rough idea of how much they’ll be paid or, chances are, they just won’t apply.

2. Your sloppy job posting misrepresents the company.

When adding positions to job boards or your own site, you’re probably in a bit of a rush (especially if you have several to upload at once). So it’s easy to see why mistakes are made. But sloppy mistakes like spelling errors can be enough to turn candidates off.

Candidates want to know they’re applying for a job with a reputable, professional company—not one whose job postings are littered with typos or misspellings. Take a few seconds to run the description through spell check and make sure it’s properly formatted.

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