It's fair to say that 2020 and 2021, has turned the recruitment world on its head. So many of the best practices and conventional methods of hiring irreparably shifted overnight, and it feels like we have been scrambling to realign. Remote work is now en-vogue, initially from pure necessity but many companies have seen the benefits and it looks set to remain. So we must adapt, and job descriptions are one area that need to reflect this change. An effective job description is engaging and inclusive. It prompts the right person to apply and lessens your time-to-fill. So, what are the unique factors that will set a remote job description apart from the crowd?
The title is the first thing our potential candidates will see, so it makes sense to start here. Keep it clear and informative. Gone are the days of vague, mysterious titles with 'wizards' and 'rockstars,' stick to what you're actually looking for. In the haze of COVID, people will be searching for the standard industry terms they know. Try not to deviate from this. It is also imperative to stress 'remote work' in the title and define its status as remote. While many love the idea of remote working, now candidates have had a chance to try it some have found it isn't as great as they once thought. There is no point clogging up your inbox with candidates who aren't right for the role. Your aim is always to lure that ideal match.
Defining exactly what remote means to your company is a fundamental component. Have you gone virtual full-time or is this just a temporary measure designed to wait out the pandemic? Are there plans in the future to consider a flexible office / work from home scenario? Are there meetings that may need to be attended in person? It is crucial that this is pinned down, even if you're not entirely sure what the future may hold. Accurate information will let the candidate know where they stand and give you the best chance of landing them, and not wasting your time in the process.
Location, location location It is a common misconception that remote work means that someone can live anywhere. Clarity about where an employee needs to be based is crucial. It helps to ensure you don't get a wave of applicants who are simply not suitable because of their geographic location.
Emphasise your culture and offering We find that roughly 30% of a candidate's time browsing job descriptions is spent reading about the company itself. It's vital that you showcase your company, it's culture and why they should choose you out of the many organisations out there. Your company's culture is the heart of your organisation. A combination of your business values, mission and goals. Especially when a role is remote, candidates want to know they're joining a fulfilling company and won't just be left isolated after their onboarding. Summery If you would like support in writing a job description or defining your recruitment strategy then please get in touch. Here at Cactus recruit, we take the time to really understand your business and hand tailor a solution to your exact needs. We listen and work with you to understand the role you are trying to fill and the type of person you are looking to hire. Somebody who would fit in with your company's values and office culture. If for whatever reason the candidate doesn't work out within the first 2 months, we offer a free candidate replacement. Cactus Recruit www.cactusrecruit.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org 01614704597