Create The Perfect Job Listing With These 8 Tips

By Nayra Mendoza on March 20, 2016

Many college students are looking for internships and part-time jobs as early as their freshmen year. Searching through job finder sites can be such a nuisance for both the applicant and employer.

Keep your application pile search-worthy by finding the right applicants for your job position. To find the right employee, create the perfect job listing with these eight tips.

Job Titles Matter

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Keep your listing clean and clear with simple titles. Getting down to business is what students need to learn from the work field, and it starts with the first thing they do: search for a job. Make sure to title your search with something short yet intriguing.

Include the main type of employee you’re looking for because that’s what most people start their search with. “Marketing,” “sales,” “cashier” and “receptionist” are just a few popular titles searches.

Include Salary, Hour Commitment, and Location

Most job listings are missing vital information that students need to know before they decide to apply. After applying, they find out their schedule does not work with the employer’s needs, making it a waste of time for both parties.

Things you should definitely add to your listing is a desired commitment of hours that you need from an employee. If you’re looking for an intern, a minimum of 10 hours per week is a reasonable start. Include your office address so that students and others searching can decide if the distance to and from work is feasible.

A salary doesn’t exactly need to be included, but let them — and by them, I mean poor college students — know if you’re offering a salary, compensation, or rewards. Many students can’t afford to only be paid with experience.

Quickly Describe Who You’re Looking For

If you need an employee that can file paperwork all day, you should claim that the person you’re looking for “can complete repetitive work without difficulty.” The description says what is expected from a student in better words. However, all those words mean nothing if you’re not properly clarifying what kind of person you’re looking for.

Photo and Video Evidence

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Include pictures of your work space. Pictures add credibility to your listing by giving a real image of where an applicant could possibly work. If you can visualize yourself working there, your motivation to make it a reality will increase.

Young adults and teenagers are addicted to Vine and YouTube because watching is easier than reading. Take a page from these platforms’ books and create a video of what the dynamic in your office is like. If there’s an employee-made video of what a day in the office looks like, add it to your job listing.

Work Culture

Be aware of how your current employees and coworkers get along. Describing the culture of your office and team can help you cut down to the right employee that fits the picture. Let your fun and relaxed vibes shine through in your listing by including some things that happen at the office like “We’ll spontaneously bring doughnuts and pizza for the office” or “We like to take breaks and just talk about what’s happening outside of our work lives.” This also creates a more welcoming environment that is important to students and younger generations today.

Real Problems Deserve Real Solutions

Ask a question that an applicant should answer in their cover letter. Asking something that requires a bit of critical thinking — like how they would handle a problem when you’re not around — can help them decide if they could handle the pressure and problems they’ll likely face. If students are wise, they’ll have a cover letter draft that they go back to and tweak for different applications. However, if there’s a question they should answer, that cover letter is already much more exciting to revise and edit than simply changing dates and names.

Going through cover letters and resumes is going to be tedious work for you, too. Reading through the answers to your question can make it easier to search through your application pile and decide who’s worthy of an interview.

The Right Space at the Right Time

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Keep in mind where and when you’re posting. In the old days, the best way to find  help was to post a “Help Wanted” sign right outside of your office. Online job listings are easy to find if you research a local job search website or social media. Google has facilitated the way people find information, and job listings even have their own category on Craigslist.

Share on Social Media

Once you’ve posted your job listing, make sure to share your listing on all your social media accounts. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are great platforms to share your listing. Take advantage of Google+, LinkedIn, and your official website as well.

The best way to stand out is to be clear and concise in your search for the perfect employee. Stop wasting your time trying to pimp out your job listing with unnecessary words and descriptions. Be sure to include inviting information and images for the slightly unimaginative.

By Nayra Mendoza

Uloop Writer
Saint Edwards University
Nayra Mendoza is a junior majoring in International Relations - Business and minoring in Journalism at St. Edward's University. She enjoys meeting new people, learning random facts, and occasionally discloses about her lack of sleep although she gets plenty. Currently, she is trying to accomplish a book bucket list, daydreams about travelling to pretty beaches untouched by tourism, and always owns 3 pairs of earbuds. She interned for Uplifted, a marketing and web development company, prior to writing for Uloop.

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