Tips for Writing Job Descriptions for Software Positions

Hiring for software positions can be tough, especially if you aren’t a software expert yourself. Today’s software professionals have a lot of options, and they won’t bother applying if you don’t grab their attention with your initial job posting. Fortunately, following these simple tips can take your software job descriptions to the next level.

Get to the Point

Many people write long, rambling job descriptions. But potential candidates won’t take time to weed through the clutter. Use bullets to break up the text, cut the unnecessary wording, and get to the point. In as few sentences as possible, explain what you need, the basic job duties, and what sort of background is required.

Reduce Bias

Today’s software professionals are highly diverse, but poorly worded job descriptions will make them keep looking. Watch out for language that could indicate a gender or racial bias, as well as anything that could be construed as ageism. Talk about the importance of soft skills, and stress your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Separate must-have tech skills from those that are “nice to have” but nonessential.

Describe Your Tech

Your tech stack may be a deciding factor for software professionals who are considering applying at your company. Everyone has their favorites, so there is no right or wrong. Just be honest about what they will be working with day to day.

What’s in It for Them?

Transparency and authenticity are key to attracting top talent. List the salary range and benefits in your job descriptions. Talk about any perks you offer, such as catered lunches or remote work arrangements. If there’s an annual retreat or other major get-together, be sure to mention it!

And don’t forget about work culture. Some people prefer a more traditional, buttoned up office environment. Others like a more relaxed vibe. Again, it’s not a matter of right or wrong, but simply a question of fit. Work culture also includes your company’s overall mission, values, and commitment to the local community. The more information you can provide about what to expect day to day, the more likely you are to attract the candidates you’re looking for.

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