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The Value of Effective Job Descriptions

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Strengthen the foundation of your recruitment process with effective job descriptions1

General Sentiment: Frustration
  • Nearly two-thirds of employers and more than half of job candidates are frustrated with recruitment processes.
  • Top pain points
    • Employers are most frustrated with the time to fill positions (32%), the quality of applicants (28%) and the number of applicants per open position (26%).
    • Candidates are most frustrated with the length of the recruitment process (29%), how well the people viewing their resume understand their skills (24%) and whether it was acknowledged that their resume was received (21%).
  • One of the most impactful ways to address frustrations is to invest more time upfront on job descriptions.
  • Eighty-one percent of candidates rank accurate job descriptions in the top-3 most important recruiting activities.
  • While employers report candidate quality is their most important talent acquisition metric, 84% report it’s also the most common problem in their workforce strategy. In fact, just 30% are very satisfied with the quality of applicants.
  • Best-in-class employers spend three-times longer creating job descriptions and believe accurate job descriptions are most important element in attracting and hiring top talent.
Quality Cannot Be Automated
  • Organizations do themselves a disservice by relying too heavily on automated tools to speed the hiring process. No matter how far technology has taken us, there will always be a need for the human touch in finding the best candidates for your role.
  • The majority of employers (71%) think the recruitment process has become more automated over the past 5 years. This is problematic because 2 out of 5 claim it’s now more difficult to judge if the candidate’s skills match the position requirements and team culture.
  • Job descriptions should be customized frequently to provide a current and accurate picture of the role and organization.
  • The most impactful elements of a job description according to employers and candidates, respectively are: clearly defined duties and responsibilities (92% and 91%), clearly defined compensation, benefits and perks (50% and 69%), and opportunities for advancement (38% and 41%).

1Infographic data was generated from the 2015 Talent Advisory Survey fielded by Allegis Group, the largest private talent management firm in the world. Survey results reflect the opinions of more than 1,400 employers and 13,000 candidates across a variety of regions and industries.