Mitch Sullivan

Mitch started in recruitment 30 years ago. You might recognise him from LinkedIn, where he regularly shares his insights into the industry, and has tens of thousands of followers. In 2016, he invited Jackie to join him in delivering live Copywriting for Recruiters courses up and down the UK and Ireland. Since then, they've trained hundreds of recruiters how to write better job ads. Mitch also does personal mentoring for recruiters and trains contingency recruiters how to transfer to retained. For more information, please see fasttrackrecruitment.com

Badjectives

“Human being needed. Must be able to speak and listen. Some experience in marketing would be desirable.” Run that job ad and how many applications do you think you’d get? Enough that, if you read them all, you’d be kept very busy. If we pull back from that particular nightmare scenario, describing your ideal candidate …

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Ironicantly

What’s really going on in the minds of recruiters who type out the words “this is an exciting job opportunity” then post what is essentially just a job description? Are they expecting their target candidates to pore over long, boring content that has hardly any paragraph breaks to find little nuggets of information that might …

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Recruiterbot

The age of the bot probably started back in the early 2000s. That was when job boards became a thing and it was cheap to post hundreds of ads that were just cut-and-pastes of the clients’ job descriptions. Then, whenever a fresh-faced graduate embarked on their career as a Talent Acquisition Consultant, on day one …

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Bulletproofing

“Bullets are easier to read”, they said. “The reader needs to know ALL the job requirements so they can decide whether to apply for the job”, they said. “They”, more often than not, are a marketing intern. Someone whose only other work experience was selling discount bedroom furniture and who are now working for a …

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Recliché

Recycling plastic is good. When people regularly see you doing it, they’re gradually buying into the notion that you’re a good person who cares about the planet. Recycling clichés is bad. When people regularly see you doing this, they’re buying into the notion that you’re just like all those recruiters they’ve had bad experiences with. …

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How to create a job description

When people type “how to create a job description” into Google, what many of them really mean is “how to create a job advert”. If you’re one of these people, this article is for you. However, if you really are looking for help on how to write a job description, these links might help:

Sauce-ing

What would an excitable Accountant look like? Someone who wets their pants when they see a profit-and-loss report? What about a passionate Project Manager? Someone who gets hot under the collar about Gannt charts? Is that really the kind of applicant you want? No, of course not. Those kinds of people are probably a bit …

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