Hiring can be one of the most challenging parts of operating a business, and it all starts with writing a job posting. Crafting the perfect job posting requires great attention to detail, strong diction and a clear understanding of state and federal employment regulations. A well-executed posting can help bring in more qualified and promising applicants, while a poorly planned listing can have devastating effects. If improperly written a job listing can leave employers open to a host of legal accusations including discrimination and failure to hire.
According to a recent University of Michigan study, some of the most common mistakes made by employers when writing their postings include:
- Providing details about a desired candidate’s physical characteristics or lifestyle. It is all too easy to desire a specific type of candidate for a position, for example, younger companies typically seek young and energetic workers. However it is essential to display no preference or bias during the hiring process. Focusing on the desired qualities, skills and work habits of necessary to perform the essential functions of the position can help prevent allegations of discrimination. Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, color, national origin, family status and more. It is essential to keep any mention or suggestion about these elements out of your job posting.
- Describing the candidate, not the position. It is important to emphasize the essential functions of the position to engage and entice the proper demographic of applicants. Professionals suggest letting the job description speak to the types of candidate you are seeking by detailing the roles, responsibilities and functions necessary to succeed in the position. Doing so will allow the position itself to weed-out unqualified or weak candidates.
- Requiring, requesting or otherwise stating a preference that a candidate is an American citizen. While certain positions do require proof of citizenship, the vast majority do not. In fact, in most circumstances it is actually illegal under federal and state antidiscrimination laws to require American citizenship when considered employment. Doing so could be seen as discrimination against any applicant who is legally permitted to work in the U.S. To avoid any legal complications employers may only ask for “proof of eligibility” to work in the U.S. as a part of the application process.
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