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Make Your Job Ads Work For You

I recently worked with a hiring manager who was having trouble with his job ads. They were not working for him. The ads were not screening out the more senior people. They were not screening in the more junior people. … Continue reading

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Why a Bonus for Agile Program Managers?

I’m seeing ads for what should be agile program managers on LinkedIn. I can’t tell what these positions really are, but when they say “responsible for management of 15 scrum teams,” that’s an agile software program manager to me. But … Continue reading

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What Your Job Ad Can Do For You

I’m teaching PSL this week with Esther and Jerry. I met one of the participants for the first time yesterday morning, and he thanked me for writing the Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers book. I thanked him, and asked what … Continue reading

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How Good are Your Ads at Helping Candidates Know Whether to Apply?

Recently, a reader asked me about applying for a project management job. She was missing a particular technical tool, but had plenty of what seemed to me as reasonable job experience. I suggested she apply anyway. When I see an … Continue reading

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Job Ad Congruent with Job

Via Keith Ray, I saw Cory Foy’s Great Job Posting. The reason this ad works is that it’s congruent for the job the developer will do. Wish I’d thought of an ad like that.

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Extreme Workloads: Smart or Stupid?

A colleague emailed me this question today: “I’m looking for Agile and extreme programming jobs, and I keep seeing stuff like this. Are there really people searching for jobs described as having extreme workloads?” Here’s what he saw: “incumbent regularly … Continue reading

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Some Templates Posted

I may not have been blogging much these days, but I have been busy. I’ve posted three templates to my website. Job analysis template (in pdf) Job description template (in pdf) Job advertisement template (in pdf) As with all templates, … Continue reading

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A Job Description is Not an Ad

Lisa Haneberg, in her post, How do we define a job – Part 2, develops a prototype for a job posting. She does a great job. She starts with a main attractor, adds in the essential qualities, preferences, and skills, … Continue reading

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Example of an Ad that Screens Out

Eric Sink’s ad for a software developer is a terrific example of an ad that screens out people who aren’t suitable for the position. Note the description of deep expertise in that SQL stuff, and the emphasis on knowing how … Continue reading

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Example of an Ad that Screens Candidates In/Out

I’ve talk about ads that help candidates screen themselves in or out. Here’s a great example from Ikea: “We’re hiring Why-Sayers” See Phil Wolff’s entry for the details.

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