From a Recruiter’s Perspective
If you’re about to embark on a trip to a destination that’s somewhat unfamiliar to you’ll probably use the most reliable, updated and proficient source of navigation, right?
When recruiting candidates for a specific job it is critical to have a detailed, updated ‘road map’, which in this case it is a job description. In order for any recruiter to find the best talent and keep your business on the right track it is essential.
I recently met with a new client, who was looking to fill a position. As we spoke, he handed me a copy of the job description. Immediately I noticed his description and the job requirements didn’t match. I asked when the last time the job description had been reviewed by a manager or an employee. And his face went blank, he could not remember if it had ever been updated or reviewed.
Before I signed the contract, I asked him to do the following:
- Update the Job Description
- Ask an employee who is currently in that position, to review the document and determine if there have been any additional tasks added or omitted since the job description was written. They will know all the little nuances of the job and most likely will be able to describe the job better than what was originally written.
- Create a wish list of what soft skills this ideal candidate should possess.
A well-written job description is imperative because it can make all the difference in attracting the right talent. The new and improved job description combined with your wish list of necessary soft skills will give your recruiter the precise map to drive the best candidate to your door!