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    3 Steps for Writing More Compelling Job Ads That Will 'Hook' Candidates Quickly

    February 4, 2020

    You may be familiar with the statistic that candidates spend an average of 14 seconds looking at a job description before deciding whether to apply. That means the first few sentences of your posts are critical — because if they’re not compelling, candidates may not bother scrolling down to read the rest.  This realization first dawned on video game developer...

  • Screenshot of Jeff Bezos’ first job ad for Amazon:  Well-capitalized start-up seeks extremely talented C/C++/Unix developers to help pioneer commerce on the Internet. You must have experience designing and building large and complex (yet maintainable) systems, and you should are able to do so in about one-third the time that most competent people think possible. You should have a BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science or the equivalent. Top-notch communication skills are essential. Familiarity with web servers and HTML would be helpful but is not necessary.  Expect talented, motivated, intense, and interesting co-workers. Must be willing to relocate to the Seattle area (we will help cover moving costs).  Your compensation will include meaningful equity ownership.

    3 Lessons from Amazon’s Very First Job Post

    January 13, 2020

    Amazon now employs more than 750,000 people around the world. In 2019, the e-commerce giant hired nearly 100,000 workers in the third quarter alone. But only 25 years ago, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was looking to make his very first hire for the company that was then being called Cadabra. He was looking for software developers, fluent in C, C++, and Unix, to...

  • 15% fewer job posts are live in January than in an average month

    LinkedIn Data Reveals an Overlooked Opportunity for Recruiters in January

    January 10, 2020

    The month of January takes its name from Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology. We tacitly acknowledge that each year when we make resolutions — to exercise more, learn a new skill, call home more often.  Data from LinkedIn suggests that talent acquisition professionals might want to make a resolution to seize an opportunity that crops...

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    Why Identifying Performance Objectives Is the Most...

    December 11, 2019

    In their landmark study — First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently — Gallup introduced their Q12...

  • 8 Creative Job Posts and Ads That Will Inspire Yours

    October 29, 2019

    Some job announcements just aren’t as juicy as others. But if you’re finding that your ad campaigns and job posts aren’t bringing in...

  • Make These 3 Simple Changes to Your Job Posts to Attract...

    August 12, 2019

    A job post is much more than a solicitation for applications. It’s often your company’s chance to say hello and make a strong first...