What Not To Put In Job Postings
Every HR professional and hiring manager has their own unique system that they’ve probably gotten used to when it comes to posting new jobs. They know the template for their job description, and hopefully have a good handle on their hiring timeline. But there are some things that are still “iffy”. Here’s what NOT to put in job postings:
This may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how much some employers believe they need to explain a job description. Yes, it’s important for a prospective job candidate to know what they’re getting into, what tools or programs they’d be using, etc. But if you explain too much, it may become hard to follow what your expectations are, and thus create more confusion. You don’t want a job description to sound like this:
“You’ll be learning how to utilize X program, but don’t worry if you don’t have it. We’ll download it to your personal laptop just make sure you have XYZ systems on your laptop. If you don’t have those systems we may be able to provide you a computer to use but we’d prefer you had a laptop. If this is the case we may not hire you.”
Instead, it could easily just read:
-Needs to know X Program (we can download it for you once hired)
-Laptop with XYZ systems, preferred
Opinions / Negativity
Sure, maybe you feel very strongly about the type of employee you’d love to hire. This does not mean you speak negatively about the type of employee you don’t want to hire. There are definitely job postings out there that read, “Need a responsible person, no lazy workers, don’t be on your phone all day.” While this is accurate, this can give an inaccurate depiction of what kind of managers your company has. It sounds negative, plus it’ll give potential applicants the impression that they will be watched and micromanaged closely. Instead, give it a positive spin, and focus on what you really want in a employee, “Need a responsible person, attentive, friendly”.
Depending on what job you’re hiring for, abbreviations can sometimes just be more confusing than helpful in job postings. Maybe IT or healthcare positions have tons of industry jargon that commonly get abbreviated, so that’s fine to keep in, especially if it’s expected that the employee know this. However, if you’re just using your own office lingo or putting abbreviations expecting people to understand them, it’ll be unclear. Write out your descriptions, be specific. It’ll save you time in the long run.