Opening a Job Vacancy without a Position Description

Why this will not get you the best result

There is much to consider while opening a job vacancy. Apart from deciding when and where to post the vacancy, and how many days to allow for it, one of the most crucial elements is the content and style of the vacancy announcement.

There are various types of vacancy advertisements. They may be posted in the newspaper, on the official website or spread to the current employees of the company. They are perhaps most intimately aware of what the company requires and may recommend the vacancy to suitable candidates.

One of the most important strategies in recruitment is the ‘Seller’ approach instead of the traditional buyer outlook. The recruiter must sell the idea of the job to the job market. This includes, but is not limited to, presenting the most lucrative company policies to the potential candidates. In order to convince a talented and successful person to work for you, your announcement must stand out from the hundreds of announcements which gather under the “SEEK, Indeed, Facebook, and LinkedIn’’ banners. Therefore, in order to reach the most eligible candidates, the job vacancy announcement must be tailored to catch their attention.

What will make your job vacancy announcement attractive? First and foremost: the Position Description.

A position description is an effective tool in dealing with the expectations of employees. If your company is well reputed, many of those reading your vacancy announcement will jump to conclusions regarding the prospective salary and benefits you may be offering. Unrealistic expectations result in disappointment, and this generates a bad vibe about your company. Thus it is more effective to include the position description in the advertisement, so as to clarify what the requirements are and what you will be offering for it.

Apart from the consideration of expectations harboured by prospective employees, not including a position description may land your company into trouble under employment legislation for recruitment and may bring you a bad case with the Fair Work Commission. Publicly displaying your position description provides transparency to your organisation.

Posting a vacancy position without a position description may result in fewer applications by job seekers, as they are not sure what will be required from them and thus do not wish to risk being rejected. Thus, posting a detailed position description will prepare the employee for the tasks they are expected to perform. They will not fully understand the position that they are applying for. You may also get applications from candidates that do not meet any of the requirements of the role. 

Highlighting the extra benefits your organisation provides, such as health care, paid vacations or work-from-home days will make your advertisement intriguing. A highly skilled job seeker would be keeping a keen eye on all news of ‘‘Position vacant Gold Coast’’, and a recruiter must aim to hook their attention with the position description. Position descriptions reveal the work culture of your organisation, as well as the level of operations. Thus, in order to attract the highest ranking candidates, they must be convinced of the advantages or working for you.  Without it, your vacancy announcement will only generate irrelevant applications.