Whether you’re looking to hire a researcher, a technician, a scientist, or other biology-related position, you should consider posting on a job search engine. According to Jibe, 60% of candidates noted career sites as their top channel for finding a new job. Using an outside source beyond your own website can help attract new candidates who may not be aware of your organization; in other words, fresh candidates with fresh perspectives and experiences.
Additionally, job search boards dedicated to niche markets, e.g. a biology job board, can be one of the most effective ways to attract the right talent; attracting more relevant applicants means you have fewer resumes to dig through and can fulfill the position more quickly.
Best Practices for Job Posting
Below are some best practices for posting job openings whether on the employer’s site, on a major job search site like Monster, or on BioOne’s biology job board.
Make a persona of the perfect hire.
Work with your team to flesh out the perfect candidate. What might their background look like? What are their skills and experience-level? What type of person do you think would work well in your culture?
Don’t forget operational-related questions in terms of the prefect hire e.g. if they’re from out of town, are you willing to help them relocate? What is the maximum amount you’re willing to pay them?
Be descriptive. Fill out as much information as you can.
Using the persona of your perfect candidate, draft a detailed job description. More information gives more insight into what the job actually entails which means you will be more likely to get more qualified and truly interested people (AKA fewer fluff candidates to weed through).
Bonus: More specifics makes it easier for people searching online to find your job posting.
All that said, don’t make it a novel - know what to include and what to leave out.
Basic job description requirements
Aptly name the position.
This may sound a little silly but it’s best to at least start with a common industry term so job seekers can better understand the type of position you’re hiring for. Then, you can tack on more specifics or oddities later in the title or in the description itself.
Also, the job may have a different title internally and that’s ok.
Make your application process simple.
More steps and more documents up front means fewer applicants and a larger margin for error. Keep it simple.
Promote your job opening.
Share your posting on applicable social media networks. Don’t be afraid to share the news a few times e.g. when it’s first posted, with a deadline warning, and even after it’s been filled to prevent more applications from coming in - you could even highlight your new team member!
Don’t be afraid to edit your posting.
Maybe you’re not getting the right applicants. Maybe you’re not getting any applicants. Don’t be afraid to make some edits to make your posting more appealing. Also, check out similar postings and compare and contrast your offers - maybe you need to readjust your persona or what you’re willing to pay.
Post in a timely fashion.
To give your team and potential candidates enough lead time, post your position as soon as you can. This will help you collect more candidates and give you time to edit if necessary.
Note: If you have a job that you need filled fast, we suggest getting your job posting up before Monday morning. According to Monster, people most typically look for jobs Monday through Wednesday.
Have questions about posting your job with us? Don’t hesitate to contact us!