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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Job Posting Examples

Wednesday December 6th 2017

Hiring isn’t easy, but your company may be standing in its own way. If you’re still using the outdated job postings from the past, you may be limiting the number of people who want to apply for your open positions. Check out these examples – are your company’s job postings more similar to the not-so-great ones or the better ones?

Poor Example Job Ad #1 

Job Title: Part-Time Teller | Job Type: Part-Time 20 Hours

Job Description:

The Teller is responsible for accurately providing paying and receiving service to members on their share and loan accounts, handling and securing large volumes of cash and other negotiable items.

Qualifications to include a High School Diploma or GED equivalent, basic math skills, strong customer service skills, computer experience, and at least one year of cash handling experience. Prior teller experience is preferred, but not required.

Bank of the North offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. Candidates must have a good credit history for consideration. Salary requirements must be included and resumes must be accompanied by an employment application for consideration.

What’s wrong? Part-time position, but doesn’t include any information about required shifts, days of week, etc. 

Poor Example Job Ad #2 

Job Title: Busser & Server | Job Type: Part-Time

Job Description:

Joe’s Diner opened its doors on April 1. From the very beginning, we set out to brew high-quality craft beers and serve delicious food in a fun and fast-paced environment. Throughout our development, Joe’s Diner has remained true to its goals of high-quality craft beers and delicious food. Joe’s Diner in Kimball Junction is hiring & would like to welcome you to our team.

We are currently hiring for the following two positions servers and bussing. Hours and days with the serving positon will vary based on need. Also we are current looking to hire a busser of the following shifts. Tue. – am, Wed – am & pm, and Thurs. – am & pm. If any of these interest you, please contact us at 555-555-5555 or shoot me an email. Thanks

What’s wrong? You should always post a separate job ad for each job. Combining multiple job ads into a single posting is confusing and harms your keyword rankings.

Poor Example Job Ad #3 

Job Title: Servers | Job Type: Full-Time, Part-Time

Job Description:

Now hiring full and part time positions for night time servers. Hours are 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm OR 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. If you haven’t served before we will train you.

What’s wrong? This ad is too short; it resembles an old school “help wanted” ad previously printed in a newspaper. 

Poor Example Job Ad #4

Job Title: Teller – Floating | Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

This position is the face of Johnson Bank and provides excellent experience for our clients. Primary responsibilities include, processing transactions accurately and efficiently in accordance with established policies and procedures.

Tellers assist clients in achieving their financial goals by actively referring Banner bank products/services, and by referring clients to other specialist at Johnson Bank when appropriate. Tellers are part of the sales team, and through in-person and phone conversations with clients and prospects, assist by uncovering and addressing financial needs.

Tellers perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision. Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments. Maintains an established level of personal reliability and punctuality. Complies with policies, procedure, security requirements, and government regulations. Must meet minimum referral standards set by Manager.

Basic Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Effective oral and written communications skills; proper phone and email etiquette
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Basic math and problem-solving skills
  • General understanding of a PC with Windows based applications and calculator
  • Ability to work branch hours
  • Minimum three months job-related experience, including bookkeeping, client service, and sales

Preferred skills/Experience

  • Proven client service and interpersonal skills
  • Mathematical, problem-solving, and negation skills
  • Good interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Cash handling experience.
  • Sales experience with established goals

Special Position Requirements

  • Continuing education and overnight travel

Physical Requirements

  • Sit 10-20% of workday
  • Stand 80-90% of workday
  • Frequent use of hands to manipulate/grasp objects, occasional bending and lifting from floor height, frequent forward reach
  • Use computer keyboard, calculator, and other office equipment
  • Frequent lifting of 1-10 lbs.
  • Occasionally lift 25 lbs.

Float Teller Position

This position will provide back-up teller coverage and assistance at any Johnson Bank retail branch location within a specific geographic region. Work location can vary daily

Daily travel between branches required

What’s wrong? This ad is a prime example of a grandiose job description being used; Big long lists of bullets, most of which are pretty common sense.

And now for the good examples!

Good Job Ad #1

Job Title: Part time Flexible Housekeeping /Cleaning

Do you love cleaning up after people who are on vacation and having fun? Ok, let’s be honest, nobody is going to answer yes to that question, and if you do then maybe it is time to have your head examined. But if you want to make money, you’ve got to have a job. Why not have a part-time job that is flexible enough to work around your school or kids’ schedule?

We are looking to hire a part time housekeeper for our hotel in Chicago, and no experience is required. So if you are tired of spending your day selling fast food to an endless stream of customers, or if you are sick of working every evening and weekend at the gas station, or heck, if you just need to pick up some extra shifts to make ends meet, then this flexible part time job just might be for you.

A day in the life of a Housekeeper

The first step in working for us is to define your schedule. Our housekeeping team cleans our hotel rooms each day between 9 am and 3 pm. You’ll just need to give us a schedule of when you are available to work and we will plug you in the rotation.

When you come in to work, you will be assigned a set of rooms to clean. Most housekeepers can clean between 2 to 3 rooms per hour. As you are cleaning, your manager will inspect your rooms, and send you back to fix anything that you missed. That extra set of eyes ensures that our customers don’t find those mistakes. Doing a great job doesn’t just ensure that our customers leave us high marks; it can also result in a little extra cash in the form of tips left in the room!

At the end of the day, you’ll be tired and worn out. If you are one of those “glass half-full” people, you might be happy that you got in a good workout without having to pay for a gym membership.

What is required to be a Housekeeper?

No special skills are required to be a housekeeper. Pretty much anyone can be trained to do this job. That said, there are some requirements that will move you from a good housekeeper to a great housekeeper.

  • Hardworking
  • Attention to detail
  • Dependable

How to apply?

If you think this job is a fit for what you are looking for, then applying is a snap. Just follow the instructions on this page. We value your time, so we aren’t going to ask you to fill out a long, drawn out application. This entire application process should take you less than 3 minutes to complete. Good Luck!

Good Job Ad #2 

Job Title: Front Desk Customer Service / Sales Rep

Infowest is looking for an outgoing, energetic, and computer savvy customer service/sales rep to work PART TIME at our front desk.

About Infowest

In 1994, we were the only Internet provider in Southern Utah. Now with over 20 years of experience, residents and businesses can count on us to deliver the best Internet experience available. You don’t stay in business for over 20 years without a great team. Our employees are passionate, experienced, and dedicated to delivering great service.

What it’s like to work at Infowest

Working at Infowest can be summed up with one word: Awesome! Yes, this job does include answering the phone, but Infowest is not a boring, high-pressure call center. Our team is focused on solving problems and providing excellent service to our customers, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun doing it. The positive attitude of the people you will work with will make it almost impossible for you to have a bad day. Our employees love the environment so much that they rarely leave us, resulting in an insanely low turnover rate. What’s more, Infowest provides excellent growth opportunities for our employees as you’ll have the opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the smartest tech people in St George. This growth even includes growing your paycheck as we provide opportunities for commission and team growth bonuses.

A day in the life at the Front Desk

First off, we’ve been in business for a long time, so that means that we’ve got this whole training process nailed down and organized. We will get you up to speed, so that you’ll know exactly how to do your job, in no time. Working at our front desk will give you the opportunity to do lots of different things. It’s really a mix of sales, customer service, and billing all rolled into one awesome job. Primarily, you’ll be engaging with and talking to customers, whether over the phone, via email, online, or in person. You’ll answer their questions, give them pricing for our services, place service orders, help them with billing questions, or direct them to the right person who can help them with what they need.

If you have a question or need some help, you’ll be surrounded by helpful, friendly people who are ready to jump in and collaborate with you in finding the best solution for the customer’s needs. Our open-door policy ensures that you can get access to the person who has the information or knowledge that you need to get the job done for our customers.

What you need to be qualified for this job

To be qualified for this job, you’ve got to have a positive and caring attitude. You’ll be engaging with our highly valuable customers on a daily basis, so it is vital that you can show them how much we care. While you are talking to them, you’ll also be selling them our services, so sales skills are a must. You’ll need to know how to use the tools of the trade, that means phone skills, computer skills, and ability to use software. And finally, since it isn’t likely that you have used all the systems that your new job will require, you’ve got to be willing to jump in and learn how to use our systems and provide feedback on things that we can improve.

Are you ready to join our team?

If you feel like you are the right candidate for this job, just click on the apply button. Our quick application should take you less than 5 minutes to fill out, and your information will then be instantly sent to our hiring team.

With a better job ad, you can attract more people to apply and get better candidates in your open positions. Use these examples to build and improve your own job descriptions and see what a difference they make in the hiring process!

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