Over the last couple of weeks I have received a series of questions about hiring. How to find talent, how to engage with them, how to evaluate candidates…
For me it all starts with the job description. It is remarkable how bland and similar most job ads/descriptions are — I frankly believe that everyone is stealing from everyone else; in the process making the description ever more meaningless.
My friends at the Unreasonable Group recently hired a fairly large group of people for their operations — and their job descriptions were fantastic. Concise, precise and written with heart and enthusiasm. Reading them just made you want to apply.
Eric Jorgenson recently tweeted two insanely useful tips:
Re-wrote a job description with the sections: “Why this job is important” and “What you will learn on this job”. Lead to ~5x more (and better) replies.
Write your job descriptions from your heart and with gusto. Make them relevant and treat your future employee as the hero.