What Are Your Job Descriptions Saying About Your Culture?

Your job descriptions are often the first impression candidates get from your company. A well-written job description tells top behavior health candidates you’re proud of your company and want to safeguard your culture by working hard to find the perfect fit.  

Unfortunately, many employers don’t put much thought into job descriptions. They falsely assume outstanding candidates will apply, simply because the job posting exists. Top talent has their choice of employers, so this couldn’t be further from the truth.  

Here’s some advice to help you write job descriptions that really sell both the position and your culture. 

Update With Every Vacancy 

Today’s fast-paced world is constantly evolving, so behavioral health positions have to adjust to keep up. Therefore, it’s important to write every job description from scratch every time it’s posted. Sure, you might find yourself reusing several key points, but taking the time to rewrite the description will allow you to catch any outdated information, so you can post accurate content that speaks to the right candidate. 

List Key Requirements 

Every position on your team has a list of musthaves candidates need to embody for consideration. Clearly list these on the job description, so people can determine if they’re a match. This is a sign of respect, as applying for a new job takes time. Being upfront about the position from the start is a nod to your open and honest culture. 

Include Soft Skills 

Listing hard skills needed to do the job  i.e., teachable abilities  is a must, but don’t stop there. Including soft skills — i.e., teamwork, communication, adaptability  needed to succeed in the position is also crucial, as it shows you’re focused on finding the all-around perfect fit. This underlines your focus on keeping your culture intact by hiring people who embody the personality of your organization. 

Emphasize the Value of the Position 

A healthy culture focuses on making all employees feel appreciated. Highlighting the importance of a position in the job description shows candidates that every person is valued. This helps them get excited about the job, because they can see the work associated with the position is meaningful. Instead of simply applying for a job, they’re vying for a position that makes a difference. 

Highlight Your Company Culture 

It’s impossible to know what it’s like to work at a company until you’re there. This can be problematic for candidates because they want to know as much as possible about the culture beforehand, so they can determine their fit. Eliminate the guesswork by sharing what makes your culture so special.  

This can be anything, as long as it’s important to your company. The right candidate will see this and feel a connection because they share these values and want to work for an organization that speaks to them. 

Finding the best person for your team can be a challenge, so team up with the experts to hire right every time. To learn more about how we can help you find top behavioral health talent, contact us today at (513) 651-9500 or by email at info@psychpros.com. 

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