To get recruiters attention, job seekers are getting creative and now describe themselves with words like Guru, Ninja or Warrior.....
- Too-short job descriptions of 1,000 to 2,000 characters (170-250 words) returned a click-to-apply of just 6.7 percent. For job descriptions containing less than 1,000 characters, click-to-apply dropped to 3.0 percent.
- Too-long job descriptions over 10,000 characters (around 2,000 words) achieved a similar click-to-apply of 6.7 percent.
- Click-to-applies are up to five times higher for job descriptions between 2,000 to 10,000 characters. For descriptions between 4,000 and 5,000 characters, click-to-apply spikes at just under 15 percent.
This sounds very scientific but there’s a logic issue. Clicks show traffic but do not equal job fit. Whether you are hiring or looking for a job, what’s critically important is that the candidate’s competencies, behaviors and priorities match the specific job. Instead of looking for the most stellar candidate, look for who is most able to do the job. We always have some bias as we choose the best candidate. Below is a chart showing descriptions of a bias you may have.
- Key Accountabilities
- Job Benchmark
What must I do on this job every day to support business success?
If you have a resume and/or job description, take all the details and boil them down into 3-5 measurable intentions. Here’s a list of Key Accountabilities for our business development team member (sales):
- Measurable and Feasible
- Easily aligned to Performance Review, Training, Career Planning
- Prioritized (#1 #2 #3)
- Time Constrained (% of overall works hours for each)