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How to make your posting irresistible and get the candidates you want:
- Don't be shy!
Under "Company Name" be sure to enter a brand name or division people will recognize. This entry appears on the outside of the posting.
- Don't be dry.
Show a sense of humor, use your wit, and you'll have them eating out of your hand. Don't be too serious. Work CAN and should be fun.
- Keep the job title simple.
Think about what people will be searching for, and use general terms like "Event Planner" or "production manager." Instead of "assistant to Trudy Smith," put "Administrative Assistant."
- Show your strong suit.
What's great about this job? Play up whatever you can. Benefits, work environment, location, perks, etc. One popular feature is the option to telecommute, although you should be very clear about how much office time is required. One of the great advantages of posting on the Web is that you are not being charged by the line, inch or word. Use this to your advantage. Spend the time to really sell why the best employees want to work at your company. Convey in-depth information about your corporate culture, benefits program and any special perks that are offered through your company.
- Give as much salary info. as possible
This really makes a difference to candidates and will reduce the number of un-qualified or over-qualified people who respond. If it's a freelance assignment, state the rate, per word, hour, day. Otherwise, top-level freelancers will assume the worst and won't even bother answering your ad. A recent study of the major job boards found that postings including salary information received 100% more qualified responses than those with general information, such as "Competitive Salary".
- Be clear about your needs.
If you need people to have certain skills or pre-qualifications, tell them in strong, direct, no-nonsense language. Say, "DON'T apply for this job unless you have X number of years experience doing Y...." You'll get fewer unqualified responses this way.
- Double-check your contact info.
You wouldn't want to stymie all those eager candidates!
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