East Texas Jobs for High School Graduates

East Texas Jobs for High School Graduates

It’s exciting and frightening to graduate high school. The future is up to you, and there are critical decisions ahead. We’ve made a list of job ideas for East Texas high school graduates to help you start planning what comes next.

East Texas Jobs for College Bound Grads

One of the great things about living in the Tyler area is the higher education opportunities available. If you plan to attend college classes at UT Tyler or Tyler Junior College for the fall of 2020, you’ll need work that fits your school schedule. Flexibility is a priority, because your class schedule will change from one semester to the next.

For most students, that means nine-to-five, full-time employment won’t work. Work study or student assistant jobs are available through TJC and UT Tyler for students who have completed a FAFSA and demonstrate financial need. If you qualify, work study jobs offer flexible hours and a chance to earn experience and references that will help once you finish your degree.

If you prefer to work off campus, there are a wide range of job choices for college students near Tyler. Food service is a popular choice because afternoon and evening hours work well with the typical morning class schedule, and tips at Tyler restaurants can be pretty good. Driving for a ridesharing app can be an evening and weekend money-maker if you’re over 21. Area vendors are almost always looking to hire retail associates. It’s also a good idea to check Brelsford Personnel’s online job postings to see if we have temp positions that match your qualifications.

Jobs That Don’t Require a Degree

Many skilled trades are beginning to experience shortages as Baby Boomers age out of the work force, and that could mean opportunity for East Texas high school grads. Manpower Group found that for the seventh consecutive year, skilled trades roles were the hardest to fill. Electricians, welders, mechanics, plumbers and other occupations that require specific hands-on abilities are in demand, so qualified applicants won’t have trouble finding a job.

Tyler high school students can get a head start on a profitable, satisfying career in one of these fields while they’re still in high school at the Tyler ISD Career and Technology Center. Courses offer hands-on training, and many end in an endorsement or the knowledge they need to test for certification. That means students can enter the workforce in their desired field right after graduation. If you’re still in high school, check out the Programs of Study Guide for a wide range of choices like these:

  • Automotive Collision and Repair
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Digital Communications
  • Emergency Services
  • HVAC and Sheet Metal
  • Welding

If you’re graduating in May and you didn’t choose one of these as a career path, you still have options. TJC offers degree and certificate programs in healthcare, computer science, criminal justice, healthcare administration and more.

When You’re Not Ready to Choose a Career

Students are under a lot of pressure to choose a career that will allow them to reach their potential, use their talents, make them feel fulfilled and hopefully earn a high salary. But what if you’re about to graduate and you’re not sure what you want to do?

If you always intended to go to college, you’re just not ready to pick a major, go ahead and enroll. The first few semesters are typically general education, so you’ll have more time to choose a career while you knock out the basics.

If college isn’t for you, look for work in a field of interest. You’ll get valuable job experience while you see if that field is a good fit and decide whether or not to pursue further training in that area.

Brelsford Personnel matches qualified candidates with top Texas employers in direct hire, temp-to-hire, temporary and contract staff positions. Like our Facebook page to keep up with East Texas employment news and positions available through our staffing agency.

Change In the Wind at the 2020 Energy Summit of Northeast Texas

Change In the Wind at the 2020 Energy Summit of Northeast Texas

Mark your calendars now for the 10th annual Energy Summit of Northeast Texas on March 24. In the past decade, this event sponsored by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee has become the most well-attended and recognized regional energy conference. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s event.

What’s Changing in Texas Energy

This year’s theme is Texas Energy Matters: The Changing Face of Texas Energy. The conference has always offered the latest insights on oil and gas. Now for the first year ever, part of the focus of the Energy Summit of Northeast Texas will be on renewable energy. Consider these statistics:

  • Texas ranks number one in the nation for installed wind capacity and number of wind turbines.
  • Texas, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma, just four states, account for 52 percent of the nation’s wind electricity generation. Of that, Texas generates more than 25 percent.
  • The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts by 2050, renewables will provide almost half the world’s electricity, with wind energy making up nearly 35 percent of that total.

Oil and gas won’t be going away anytime soon, but the mix of energy sources is changing. There’s so much room for growth in terms of renewable energy. It’s an exciting topic Energy Summit speakers will explore in-depth.

Why 10 Years of Energy Summits

The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee has sponsored the Energy Summit of Northeast Texas 10 years in a row to raise awareness about the industry in general and to highlight its connection with jobs in Northeast Texas.

“Most people relate to the energy industry only when they are filling their car up with gas,” said Gates Brelsford, Chairperson for the event. “But it’s one of the most important industries in Northeast Texas. Not just in Tyler but in Longview, Kilgore, Gladewater and the surrounding areas.” As much as one in six area jobs are tied to the Texas oil and gas industry.

The impact of Texas energy spreads far beyond Northeast Texas. “We’re literally changing the future of countries” says Todd Staples, President of the Texas Oil and Gas Association and one of the event’s speakers, “because we are making affordable, reliable, clean-burning energy available for them.”

Who Will Be Speaking

At the Northeast Texas Energy Summit, this list of current speakers (to date) will address the significant changes and adaptations happening now in the industry:

  • Wayne Christian – Chair of the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC). This state agency regulates the oil and gas industry, industry safety and surface mining. Because of RCC’s influence on oil and natural gas pricing and supply, it might be one of the most important regulatory entities in the United States.
  • Brent Bennett, Ph.D. – Energy Storage Consultant for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The challenge when it comes to renewable energy involves storing harvested wind and solar energy and putting it into the grid. This Texas native shares his expert knowledge in utility-scale energy storage systems.
  • The Honorable Jason Isaac – This four-time State Representative is now Senior Manager and Distinguished Fellow of Life: Powered at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He’ll speak on the topic of Raising America’s Energy IQ.
  • BP Strategic Planning Group – A representative will share with attendees The Impact of Renewables on Global Energy Demand.

Who Should Plan to Attend

The 2020 Northeast Texas Energy Summit is for anyone who has an interest in developments in the energy industry. Last year’s event had more than 450 attendees and speakers integral to the industry, with similar numbers expected this year. Event participants weren’t just from oil and gas companies, they were a broad mix of representatives from accounting firms, banks, government agencies, law firms and other business entities.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and are a way to help raise awareness of top energy industry issues while getting your name in front of a large audience. The Conference takes place in the Green Acres Baptist Church Crosswalk Conference Center on March 24 from 10:30 to 2:00. For more information or to secure tickets, call the Tyler Chamber of Commerce at (903)592-1661.

Common Sense Rules for Texting Job Candidates

Common Sense Rules for Texting Job Candidates

Sometimes text messaging can be the most effective way to get answers when evaluating prospective employees. It seems like people are more likely to respond quickly, which speeds up the hiring process. However, it’s also a more informal form of communication, so things can get sticky if you’re not careful. Your early communication sets the tone for how you’ll interact if you offer candidates the job, so it pays to keep things professional.

Permission is Easier than Forgiveness

You may have heard it’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission, but in this case that isn’t true. Before you text job candidates, make sure they’re okay with it. Your goal is engagement, and some people just don’t like texting.

It’s okay to ask via text message. Use the candidate’s name in the initial message so if you’re texting multiple candidates at once you can keep conversations straight. Send a brief message that tells your name and job title. Ask if text messaging is a good way to get in touch or if they prefer another method. Much of the time you’ll receive a positive response and know it’s okay to continue communicating via text. If you don’t hear back, double-check the number, then assume text isn’t an acceptable way to reach them.

Keep it Simple

Text is okay for short statements and simple questions. Handle everything else via email, phone call or in person. It’s fine to text interview appointments or request additional documentation, it’s not okay to negotiate salary or talk about things that aren’t job-related.

If you start composing a text and realize it contains more than a few sentences, the topic is too complicated for messaging. Or, if you find yourself going back and forth several times with the candidate, stop and schedule a phone call or meeting.

Stay Professional

Text messages are easy to send from anywhere, so sometimes recruiters get a little too relaxed. Just because you’re texting from the coffee shop doesn’t mean your tone or grammar should be similar to what you use with friends and family members. Here are a few basic rules for staying professional.

  • Only text during business hours. In your first text conversation, it’s a good idea to let candidates know what hours you’re available by text message and to assure them you’ll respect their after-hours time as well.
  • Don’t send or ask for information that should be privacy protected or might indicate discrimination.
  • Check your spelling and punctuation. Don’t use slang, emojis or text abbreviations. Your tone should be the same as you would use for work email or in-person exchanges at the office.
  • Don’t group text candidates.
  • Reply promptly to messages you receive and end conversations when you’ve reached your goal.

Hiring Made Easier

Finding the right job candidates is challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. Brelsford Personnel handles every step of recruiting, evaluating and interviewing so you don’t have to. Contact us today to learn more about our personal approach.

How to Help New Employees Feel Welcome

How to Help New Employees Feel Welcome

As an employer with a new hire, you spent time and resources recruiting, interviewing and hiring that staff member. You’re hopeful you made the right choice, but there have been times in the past things didn’t go as planned and the new hire didn’t stick around.

That may be due to what happened when the new employee reported to work. During the first days of employment, they are evaluating you just as much as you’re evaluating them. A third of the time something goes wrong, with 33 percent of new hires quitting in the first 90 days.

It takes courage to get through the first few weeks in a new position because the unknown can feel awkward and frustrating. The expectations, the technology and the people all come with a learning curve. New hires hope to make a good first impression, and you can do the same by offering a friendly welcome.

Welcome Employees Before They Start

Of the new hires that quit, a large percentage hit the door because the job wasn’t what they expected. One way to keep that from happening in your workplace is to make sure employees understand what you’re about to require from them. Double-check to see if your job posting fits the actual responsibilities and that your new hire is qualified to fulfill them.

You can make a positive first impression before new staff reports for duty by being the first to reach out. Send a brief personal note via email congratulating them on being the top pick and stating you’re looking forward to working with them. Include information on how to get in touch if they have questions before their start date. If your company is active on social media, send them a link to your feed and invite them to participate.

When you reach out, you can also send first-day paperwork so they can complete it digitally. Doing so allows them to fill out forms from the comfort of their own home instead of having to do it with paper and pencil on their first day.

If possible, send them an outline of what they can expect when they report for duty. If you’re scheduling an orientation or safety training, let them know ahead of time. Explain your employee parking system if you have one.

Positive First Day Impressions

You want a productive employee, and your new hire wants to know exactly what he or she is supposed to be doing. Have a plan in place that meets both your needs to eliminate the uncertainty and awkwardness that makes onboarding hard on everyone.

Prepare their workstation before they arrive. If the last person to sit at that desk left things behind, clear them away. Make sure the phone and computer are hooked up and you have login information for systems they’ll need to access.

Assign each new-hire a mentor. Greet them as soon as they walk in the door and introduce them to that person. Then have their mentor provide a tour. Even if your office is small, show them where to find the coffee pot, the restroom, the coat closet etc. Explain office quirks like how to work the recalcitrant copy machine or what to do when the vending machine goes on the fritz. Then offer on the job training starting with simple tasks. Allow them to gradually settle in and develop confidence.

Welcoming Employees Beyond Day One

Day two might be even more challenging for new hires. Initial training is out of the way and the new has already started to wear off, but it’s too soon to have built relationships or become comfortable with their role and responsibilities.

Make sure their mentor continues to show them the ropes. As their supervisor, check in on them to see how they’re doing and ask if they have any questions. Listen if they have concerns. Over time, your effort will turn what could be an uncomfortable interaction into a positive experience.

Brelsford Personnel helps East Texas employers with everything from recruiting to onboarding. Find out more about our services here.

5 Must-Have Resume Sections (And 3 Optional Ones)

5 Must-Have Resume Sections (And 3 Optional Ones)

What are your career goals in 2020? A well-written resume can help you reach them. It’s a critical document in every job search, and for some people that’s intimidating. That’s why we’ve created an easy-to-follow template that will work for almost any position. Here are the basic sections every resume needs, along with many of the optional categories that can help get your foot in the door.

Always Include These Resume Sections

Make your resume visually appealing and simple to understand so employers can see what you offer at a glance. Use easy-to-read font, high-quality paper and consistent formatting. Here’s what every resume should include.

The Header

The top section of your resume should include your full name and all of your contact information. Use large letters for your name, then list your name, phone number, cell phone number and email address. Including your physical address or social media handles is optional. Avoid using your current work email address on a resume, and make sure the email address you do provide makes a good first impression.

Summary/Objective

In this section, briefly communicate what you’re looking for and why you’re the best pick. Start with an objective statement that includes the job title you’re applying for. Then state two or three of your top qualifications or most relevant skills. Conclude by letting the employer know what they stand to gain by choosing you.

Education Section

This resume block is pretty straightforward. Start with your highest completed degree and work backward. If you earned a college degree, you don’t need to list your high school diploma.

Include the type of degree you earned, your major and minor, and the name of the school from which you received your degree. If you received academic honors, list those as well.

List licenses and certifications in much the same way. State the name of your certification, the institution from which you received it, the date you became licensed or certified and applicable location information. For example, if you’re only licensed or certified in a certain state or region, clarify where you can use that education or qualification.

Work Experience

Again, start with your most recent job experience and work backward. Include this information for each entry:

  • Employer name
  • Your job title
  • Dates employed
  • Job tasks and responsibilities

Under each employer, highlight your achievements using data wherever possible. If you increased sales by 15 percent, reduced marketing costs by $3,000 a year or saved 100 man-hours every month, let that hard evidence speak in your favor.

Skills

Employers are looking for candidates who already possess the skills the position requires. They’re looking for abilities like problem solving, teamwork, organization, flexibility and strong time management. Evaluate your strengths and make a list, then revisit the skills section of your resume every time you apply for a job.

Look at the skills each employer lists on the job description. If you have those skills, make sure they’re on your list.

Optional Resume Sections

Almost all employers are looking for the above information on your resume. You also might want to include the following optional sections:

  • Awards
  • Volunteer work
  • Professional associations

How do you know whether or not you should include optional sections? Ask yourself how each relates to the position. Your first place award at the state chili cook-off doesn’t make you a more attractive candidate at a CPA firm, but it definitely counts if you’re applying to be the kitchen manager at a local restaurant. If you’re applying for a social worker position, your volunteer experience at that children’s summer camp says something about your heart.

When your hobbies or professional associations show you’re more qualified, connected or passionate, include them on your resume. If they aren’t connected to the position for which you’re applying, leave them off.

More Job Resources

If you’re looking for East Texas jobs, we want to help. Find more resume tips in our online resources or browse our available positions today.

Finding Bilingual Jobs Near Tyler Tx

Finding Bilingual Jobs Near Tyler Tx

If you speak more than one language, you have a powerful skill that automatically makes you more qualified to fill certain positions. Communication is the building block for business, education and public service. Bilingual employees are highly valued in almost every field because without their skills, some interactions become frustrating or impossible.

As the world gets more connected, the demand for multi-lingual employees will only continue to rise. If you speak more than one language, East Texas employers need you to fill bilingual jobs throughout the area.

3 Major Advantages of Hiring Bilingual Employees

When job candidates speak a second language, it can be the deciding factor in the hiring process. There are bilingual jobs in almost every field. Whether you’re hiring a bank teller, teacher, paramedic, customer service representative, salesperson or other role, candidates are an asset to your company if they can communicate with people who struggle understanding and speaking English.

  • Bilingualism makes companies more competitive. They can reach more people than a monolingual business.
  • Hiring bilingual employees communicates the organization cares about demographic groups for whom English is less understandable than their native language.
  • Hiring multi-lingual employees allows businesses to be increasingly global. Bilingual employees don’t just know another culture’s vocabulary, they often know its customs and etiquette.

Bilingual Benefits for Job Hunters

If you speak a second language, make sure it’s on your resume. Being bilingual is a highly sought after skill which will give you a better overall chance of landing the job.

Plus, bilingual jobs pay better. AOL Finance suggests bilingual employees make between five and 20 percent more than employees that otherwise have the same skills and serve in the same capacity.

Being bilingual creates opportunities. For some jobs, you might get to travel to help meet your employer’s needs. For others, being the go-to person when your boss needs a translator makes you the person they think of first when a better position becomes available.

Most Common Languages Spoken in Texas

What languages make you the most in demand? Texas has a diverse ethnic composition. As of 2017, more than 16 percent of the population was born outside of the U.S. The most common foreign languages are as follows:

  • Spanish – 7,726,208 speakers
  • Vietnamese – 225,079 speakers
  • Chinese (including Mandarin and Cantonese) – 161,502 speakers

Bilingual Employees Needed

If you speak another language, here at Brelsford Personnel we recognize the high value of your language skills. Submit your resume for one of our open positions to start the hiring process today.

New Overtime Rules Start Jan 1!

New Overtime Rules Start Jan 1!

In September, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a new rule that takes effect January 1, 2020. Up to 1.3 million workers that previously weren’t eligible for overtime pay will soon qualify for one and a half times their regular hourly rate when they stay more than 40 hours a week. Whether you’re an employer or a salaried worker, here’s what you need to know.

Salaried Workers and Overtime Pay

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees should receive one and a half times their hourly pay when they work more than 40 hours a week, unless they have exempt status. Currently, that exemption applies to salaried workers who make over $23,660 a year or $455 a week.

A salaried worker makes a fixed amount set by their employer. Their pay isn’t hourly, they make the same amount monthly or annually no matter how many hours they work. Employers expect them to complete agreed-upon duties even if that means working more than 40 hours a week.

Nobody likes having to stay extra, but employees with a high salary understand that’s just part of the job. When employees don’t qualify for overtime pay because they receive a salary, that’s called exempt status. Currently, for workers whose salary is under $24,000 a year, working overtime means sometimes they earn well under minimum wage.

What’s About to Change

The threshold of $23,660 was established in 2004, and a lot has changed since then. Starting in January 2020, workers with salaries up to $35,568 annually or $684 per week will be eligible for overtime pay. Employers will have to reclassify more than a million workers that were previously exempt from overtime pay.

The rule also mandates changes for highly compensated employees. Until now, employees who made $100,000 or more a year and had specific duties and responsibilities were exempt from overtime pay. As of January 1, 2020, that threshold increases to $147,414 per year, an almost $50,000 increase. Employers can count bonuses, incentives and commission toward a percentage of the standard salary requirement.

How Employers Can Prepare

If any of your employees make less than the new threshold, you have two options:

  • Increase their salary to the new threshold so they still qualify as exempt.
  • Re-classify them as non-exempt, start tracking their time and pay them overtime on weeks where they put in more than 40 hours.

You might not choose the same option for all employees. For example, some may only work more than 40 hours a week during the busiest times of the year. Paying them time and a half overtime will cost less than raising their salary by thousands of dollars. However, if you have workers that work long hours all the time, it may cost less to raise their salary than to pay them overtime every pay period.

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Simple Strategies That Impress All Employers

Simple Strategies That Impress All Employers

You feel like it should have happened already. Every day you show up on time, you do your work, you support company initiatives. It seems like by now you should have received a promotion or a raise. But somehow they keep going to someone else. Your boss is nice, but they don’t really notice you. Here are some simple ways to show administrators that you’re capable of more responsibility and deserving of higher pay.

Go Above and Beyond

Many job descriptions include similar responsibilities: show up at this time, dress this way, do these things, go home. But if you’re doing what everyone else is doing, you aren’t standing out in the eyes of your boss. That’s where going above and beyond can help you.

Don’t just show up on time, try to show up a few minutes early. If you have to stay late, do so cheerfully. The employees that show a willingness to get the job done are going to leave an impression.

Leave your problems at the door when you arrive every day. Do your best to remain positive throughout the day. The employees that complain about everything are the ones that resent extra responsibility, so don’t let your boss put you in that category.

Rise above the rest by asking how you can help. When your boss notices you are taking the extra initiative, they’ll remember when it comes time for a promotion or a raise.

Get to Know Your Boss

As much as it would be nice to say that raises and promotions are 100% performance-based, they usually aren’t. When it comes time for a raise, your boss is going to think of the people they frequently interact with first. If that’s you, you’re in a better position to get that extra responsibility and pay.

Getting to know your boss doesn’t just mean introducing yourself and saying hello when you see them. It’s more about the relationship. Your job is to support your boss and make his or her life easier. Supporting their goals and priorities is a good way to start. Have conversations with your boss about their expectations and your expectations. Learn how they communicate best and use that to improve your relationship. Take a look at Better Listeners Make Better Employees – Here’s How to Get There.

Look to the Future

Communication is the basis of relationship. If you want to succeed, you must communicate. Just like you take time to get to know your boss, let him or her get to know you. Talk to your boss about your future goals.

Demonstrate a long-term interest in not just your boss, but also the company you work for. When you make their goals your own, it shows them that you have the company’s best interests at heart and that you’re ready to take it to the next level.

When You’re Really Stuck

Sometimes you hit a dead end because there’s no possibility for growth within your organization. If that’s the case, you might need to look somewhere else, and Brelsford Personnel can help. If you’re looking for a better position, we place qualified employees in some of the most sought-after jobs all over East Texas. Take a look at our job postings today.

When Seasonal Work Ends – Find Jobs Near Tyler Tx

When Seasonal Work Ends – Find Jobs Near Tyler Tx

Your seasonal position at an East Texas business got you through the holidays and put some much-needed cash in your pocket. However, January will be here before you know it. Your employer was clear about the fact he or she would slow down after Christmas, and your job was only temporary. Now is the time to start planning ahead.

Get Ready Early

You’re still busy with your seasonal job, and you don’t have a lot of time to run around East Texas filling out applications and dropping off resumes. But if you don’t want a long stretch of unemployment between this job and the next, don’t wait until the ball drops and the holiday decorations are taken down to start looking for your next job. Here’s a list of tasks for December:

  • Update your resume to include your current position. Add skills you learned on the job.
  • Draft a cover letter you can tailor to each employer when you start to apply.
  • Ask someone you know and trust to proofread your resume and cover letter.
  • If you developed a good relationship with your manager at your place of seasonal employment, ask for a reference.
  • Check the rest of your reference list to make sure it still contains the best reference choices and gives correct information for contacting them.
  • Go through your social media posts and make sure there’s nothing you wouldn’t want potential employers to see.
  • If you have a LinkedIn profile, update it with achievements, advancements, new skills and experience.

Start Networking

During the holidays you set aside time to be with family and friends. When they ask how you’re doing and what you’ve been up to, be open with them about the transition you’re facing and what your ideal job looks like. You’ll get practice articulating your experience, skills and goals that will come in handy later during interviews. Plus, they might be connected to someone who is already looking for a candidate with your skills.

Make a Wish List

This one isn’t a letter to Santa, it’s a list of the types of positions you’d like to have (for which you qualify) and the companies you’d like to work for. Once your seasonal position is over and you no longer have a steady paycheck on the way, you might be tempted to apply with anyone who will pay you. However, if you can find a job that’s the right fit, you might never have to be in the jobless and hunting position again.

Finish Strong

When you know soon you won’t be accountable to your manager, there’s a temptation to give less than your best. After all, before long they won’t be offering you incentives for good behavior or disciplinary action if you do something wrong.

Instead of just coasting through the rest of the season, go above and beyond. Your initiative might convince your employer to make your temporary position into a more permanent one. If they can’t afford to keep you, you’ll still leave a good impression and earn a positive reference.

Start Your Job Hunt

At Brelsford Personnel, we have temp-to-hire and permanent jobs to fill every season of the year.

Search our job board, then submit your resume online today.

Writing Carefully Crafted Job Descriptions for Capable Candidates

Writing Carefully Crafted Job Descriptions for Capable Candidates

If your job description is too broad and general, you might get stuck wading through a deep pool of unqualified applicants. If it’s too specific or uses the wrong terms, you might miss out on the person you need for the job. Here’s how to write a job description that provides a clear job title, describes tasks, sells your company and avoids discrimination.

Start With Research

Don’t just dust off the ad you used last time you had a similar opening, because jobs change over time. First, talk to the managers and team members who will be working with the new hire. After they fill you in on basic responsibilities, ask them what tasks the previous employee excelled at and how that helped your business overall. Find out also where pain points exist or areas of need went unaddressed.

Don’t forget to ask about additional duties they might need the new hire to take on that don’t necessarily go with the rest of the job description. For example, if your receptionist also handled your monthly newsletter, you’ll either need to hire someone who is comfortable with that task or find someone else willing to step into his or her shoes. Make a list of the skills you need and the type of person who will be a good fit.

Write A Clear Job Title

Use clear, straightforward language when you write a job title. Don’t try to be creative, even if you’re looking for someone who thinks outside the box. In other words, if you need someone to provide material for marketing, use the job title “Content Writer,” not “Language Mixologist.” The second choice creates vagueness and confusion.

Sell Through Your Summary

Give candidates a brief summary of what you’re looking for and what you offer. This is your chance to state why they benefit from working for you rather than your competitor. You’ll go into more detail later, but let them know why they don’t want to put off submitting their resume.

Outline Job Responsibilities

This is where your research comes in. Help candidates understand what they can expect to contribute on a regular basis. If, for example, you’re looking for an accounting assistant, a vague job description might say their job is to, “support the accounting department as needed.”
A better description of responsibilities might be like this one Brelsford Personnel developed working with one of our East Texas clients.

Writing Carefully Crafted Job Descriptions for Capable Candidates

Explain Must-Haves

Detail the experience level, certifications, degrees or other qualifications candidates absolutely must have before you’ll consider hiring them. This is a list of the must-haves to go with the responsibilities listed above.

If you have absolute requirements and a wish list, be clear about which is which. If you wouldn’t consider hiring a candidate without XYZ certification, and you’d like them to already know how to use ABC software but you’re willing to train, make sure it’s clear where you’re flexible and what’s absolute.

Detail Benefits

Tell potential employees everything that could be theirs if they win the job. List everything from bonuses to flexible work days.

Call to Action

Help candidates know how to take the next step. For online job descriptions, include a button or link to your application. For print ads, include a call to action that tells candidates how, when and where to apply.

Help With Job Descriptions

Brelsford Personnel finds the right candidate for the job every time. When you work with us, we get to know your company and your needs, then we create job descriptions that help attract the perfect fit. Learn more when you get in touch.