Written by Kimberley Startup | October 12, 2012
Looking to fill your IT vacancy but unsure where to start?
Before you place a job advertisement for your next IT hire, stop and ask yourself these three questions:
1. What is the role you’re looking to fill?
2. What type of candidate are you after?
3. Have you covered all of this in your job description?
Many employers make the mistake of advertising a vague-sounding job with the intention of seeing who applies. This invariably leads to lost time spent sifting through irrelevant applicants or interviewing candidates who, when confronted, don’t have the required skills after all.
Vague job descriptions can also result in an employee leaving their new role early because they have found that the job has not fulfilled their expectations. (Imagine the strain this could put on resources).
In the field of IT, writing an effective job description is of particular importance since the roles typically require more specific skills and experience.
Here are five key requirements of writing an effective IT job description:
The trick is in the title: The title is the most succinct description of a job. Use relevant keywords, such as .Net Developer, Cisco Support or Java Programmer, rather than generic or internal titles. It helps candidates with diverse skill-sets find you online.
Create a mental picture: A survey by webrecruit revealed candidates think role responsibilities are the most important aspect of a job vacancy. Based on this, create a description that enables the candidate to build a mental picture of the type of work they’ll be doing, such as projects they’ll be working on.
Exceed expectations: Encouraging candidates to apply for your vacancy is all about selling the position. Consider what you can offer to the successful applicant. Who will they report to? Will they get the chance to learn new technologies? Do you offer any structured career paths or training?
If you don’t ask, you won’t get: Describe required skills and experience as specifically as possible. Preparing detailed requirements helps you to focus exactly on the skills you need. It also helps your recruitment agency or HR department identify high quality, relevant candidates.
Don’t miss out the obvious: Remember to mention where the role is based, as well as the salary, working hours and any benefits the successful candidate will receive. You’ll be surprised how many don’t.
By taking the time to construct a comprehensive and detailed IT job description matching your exact needs, jobseekers will know exactly what the job entails, and be better at fulfilling your expectations.
Creating a job description is a great reason to re-evaluate your departmental needs, giving you the chance to realign responsibilities amongst your team. You are also avoiding any problems that could arise once the successful candidate has actually started.
At webrecruit, we’ve successfully recruited IT professionals for hundreds of clients, from software programmers and testers to network engineers, IT support and project managers.
If you’re looking to fill an IT vacancy, find out how we can fulfill your recruitment needs by simply requesting a brochure or calling a member of the team on 01392 829400.