Your job description should “hook your reader with details about what makes your company unique,” says one online job site. “With more than 20 million jobs listed … a great job description can help your jobs stand out from the rest.” This might seem a sound strategy in the digital age, but HR must think beyond their appeal to the masses if they want to attract candidates who will thrive as employees.
In fact, HR needs an entirely new approach to recruitment that focuses on what candidates value, and helps them make decisions they’ll be happy with.
The percentage of new hires who regret their decision to accept their current position has risen nearly 50% since 2008
“The best organizations do more than showcase how great they are,” says Emily Rose McRae, senior principal at Gartner. “Instead, they focus on what candidates value, and use that information to get and keep candidates’ attention.” Engaging with candidates in this way is more likely to create satisfied employees and ultimately reduces hiring costs.
Who are you trying to appeal to?
In a world where online job sites advertise millions of jobs and offer extensive inside scoop on employers, companies often focus on standing out from the crowd. HR feels compelled to refine and promote the employment brand and recruiters add more information to the massive amount that already exists in cyberspace. Many companies try to improve the digital application experience. Most actively try to sell the merits of the organization and tout their offer as the one to accept.
But recruiters are, in fact, mostly courting casual candidates when they should be focused on helping sought-after candidates make good decisions they won’t regret.
“The percentage of new hires who regret their decision to accept their current position has risen nearly 50% since 2008,” says McRae.
The wealth of options and opportunity — especially for those with sought-after digital skills — is causing candidates to wonder, “What if something better is just around the corner?”