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Who Should Be Writing Your Company's Tech Job Listings?

It’s been a long-standing debate on who should be responsible for writing a tech job listing. Technical job listings and descriptions are very different than those for a sales or marketing position, and they should be catered toward what the candidate is looking for. At the same time, you want to make sure the listing includes the basic, non-technical requirements as well. This means you’ll need more than one person writing job listings.

Depending on the size and nature of your team, the answer to this post’s title question can vary. Your best bet is to use a combination of the following to write your tech job listings.

How Lackluster Tech Job Listings Can Lead to Bad Hires

Post by Rich Moy on Aug 24, 2016 12:00:00 PM

This post was updated in November 2017 with new information.

How many times has a hiring manager come to you with a job that was so urgent, you could only cobble together a job listing that you hoped would grab the attention of developers? Whenever you're given a tight deadline, it's only natural to launch job listings that you're not thrilled about, just for the sake of starting the search quickly. While there's nothing wrong with pursuing aggressive hiring goals, there are plenty of opportunities for a poorly-written tech job listing to impact your entire search. Here are a few ways lackluster tech job listings might lead to a costly bad hire.

3 Ways Tech Job Listings Impact Your Entire Developer Sourcing Strategy

Post by Rich Moy on Aug 18, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Your job listings are often the first opportunity you have to make a positive first impression on developer candidates. They inform active and passive developer candidates alike about what makes your company stand out from the competition. Not only do they attract candidates, but your job listings can provide a boost to every stage of your sourcing strategy.

Still don't believe that job listings have a far reaching impact? Let's discuss some of reasons they're so important for more than just first impressions.

3 Signs That It's Time to Rewrite Your Tech Job Listings

Post by Rich Moy on Aug 8, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Well-written tech job listings are integral components of your entire developer hiring strategy. They often present your first opportunity to make a good impression on developers, and if they tell a compelling enough picture of the positions you need to fill, your company will stand out from the competition. However, there are some telltale signs that your roles are getting lost in the shuffle. Here are a few things that should tell you it’s time to take an editor’s pen to your existing tech job listings.

3 Things Developers Want to See More Often in Tech Job Listings

Post by Rich Moy on Jun 30, 2016 12:00:00 PM

I’m willing to bet that a lot of the advice you’ve read about writing compelling tech job listings came at the exact moment(s) you thought, “Wow, I’m pretty great at this.” The timing of these discoveries can be frustrating, but it’s no secret that developers have strong opinions about the things they see in tech job postings. And if you want to make a great first impression, it’s important to understand what does (and doesn’t) resonate with developers when they read job listings. To shed some light on this mystery, we interviewed a handful of developers to hear their thoughts about what they wish employers included more often when they write a technical job listing.

3 Surprising Mistakes Commonly Found in Tech Job Listings

Post by Rich Moy on Jun 22, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Even the most experienced writers can be intimidated by a blank page. And hey, sometimes that’s not a bad thing. When you’re trying to create a tech job listing, it’s natural to put a lot of pressure on yourself to say exactly the right things that will make developers want to apply. However, employers often take an aggressive approach to writing job listings that stand out amongst the competition—and the results are not always pretty. To help you avoid some surprisingly common job listing mistakes, here are a few things to avoid.

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Reuse Old Tech Job Listings

Post by Rich Moy on Jun 16, 2016 12:00:00 PM

This post was updated in November 2017 with new information.

Proud of your current tech job listings? If they're not bogged down by requirements and are getting developers excited to apply, you should be. 

But before you start reusing old job listings, think about all the work you did to create them. You probably met with your current developers to make sure they represent your engineering culture well. You probably got feedback from the other recruiters on your team. And you probably edited them along the way.

Even the most exciting job listings need to be reviewed before you reuse them in the future. Every developer job you need to hire for will be unique from the last—and if your listings don't reflect that, you could miss out on your ideal candidates. We'll walk through three other reasons you can't always reuse developer job descriptions, and the impact it can have on your hiring goals.

3 Things Effective Technical Job Descriptions Have in Common

Post by Rich Moy on Jun 13, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Anyone who has written a technical job description has probably gotten a lot of advice on how to do it well. You know they shouldn’t be wordy, but you have so much to say about why candidates should want to work for your company. You want to use an inviting tone, but you also want to avoid using too many buzzwords. Those tips probably sound straightforward at first, but applying them to how you write a technical job description is much more complicated. To help you make sense of all the knowledge you’ve gathered, here are a few things that the most effective technical job descriptions all have in common.

Why You Should Be A/B Testing Your Tech Job Listings

When it comes down to it, recruiting is an awful lot like marketing. So if marketers are constantly A/B testing their landing pages or calls-to-action, shouldn’t recruiters be doing the same for their job listings?

What Today’s Developers Hate About the Job Search

Let’s face it – searching for a job isn’t exactly “fun.” This rings especially true for developers, who often have to go through a longer and more intensive interview process (*cough* whiteboard exercises) than other candidates. And while this declaration isn’t exactly breaking news, the topic of the broken developer interview process is still popping up on blogs, forums, and our annual survey.

Here’s a snapshot of what respondents thought were the most annoying aspects of the developer job search (and what you can do to fix that).

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