Hiring 101: “Should I really be using job descriptions?”

By Adam Robinson,
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.

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!

About the Author

Adam co-founded Hireology with the mission to help growing companies make better hiring decisions through data and better technology. Adam is passionate about entrepreneurship, donating time to a number of organizations that support the entrepreneurial cause. Adam completed his undergraduate study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.