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Hiring 101: "Should I really be using job descriptions?"

Posted by Erin Borgerson on April 1, 2013

There's been a lot of hype lately over the effectiveness of job descriptions. Critics say they deter job seekers from applying. On the other hand, supporters say they just need a makeover. We feel that when developed properly, a job description can attract top talent.

job description The thing is, a lot of the job descriptions out there aren't good. We don't mean to be overly critical, but that's the truth. From incorrectly using and over using bullet points, to including irrelevant information, some job descriptions are certainly enough to scare away even the most interested of candidates. 

So what's a hiring manager to do? You don't have the time to spend researching what should and shouldn't be included in a job description, but at the same time, you need to fill the position. 

We wrote an eBook to answer that very question.

One of our suggestions is to go easy on the bullet points. Cramming too much information into bullets tends to look like jibberish. 

Rule of thumb: If you think the content under one bullet point requires punctuation, remove the bullet point. They are meant to be used to highlight key points, not state new concepts. Can you imagine reading a novel full of bullet points. 

For more advice on writing the perfect job description, be sure to take a look at our eBook.

Happy Hiring!

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Maggie Coffey is the coffee-loving Marketing Intern for Hireology, a web-based selection management platform that provides customized interviews, job profiling, and one-click background checks to help you hire the right person. Start your free trial at www.Hireology.com today! 

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Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.