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Why recruiters must be extra careful to correct writing mistakes

If you work in recruitment or if your organisation hires people directly – you MUST take the time to check your external writing.

 

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The writing reflects the professionalism and reputation of your organisation and (if you are a recruiter) your client.

I understand that the recruitment industry is currently in turmoil and many people in the job of recruiting others  are themselves losing their jobs.

Recruiters  or the “initial screeners” in the selection process are often so quick to judge about any mistakes in job applications  – and yet often the  job descriptions are riddled with errors.

I understand that in the recruitment process – fewer people are having to do more work.

However – it’s vital that you take the time to try to reduce the errors in your writing.

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I am a real word nerd. I carefully analyse how professionals express themselves in places such as Linked In. I also analyse the quality of writing in the recruitment industry.

Why Recruiting?

Some of my favourite business bloggers are from the Recruitment Industry. I study and learn from their style and they give me  so many insights about changing industry trends.

I’m “old-school” and I’ll often take the time to send a quick message to these talented writers to let them know someone notices and appreciates their quality writing.

But..

I also notice appalling mistakes littering most descriptions from many Recruiters.

Some from this morning:

  • Eperienced Online Marketing specialist wanted!
  • join a growing orgnanisation 

and other mistakes:

  • superior communciations skills
  • prior experince with creative flair and attenton to detail

Often the mistakes are in the first few lines readers read. What a bad first impression!

Now,  sometimes the mistakes are made by the recruiters. Sometimes the mistakes may be in original material supplied by a client.

My point is that it’s up to the  recruiter to  check and correct any mistakes – because the bad writing reflects on the Recruiter AND the client.

Maybe I worry too much about at least trying to reduce mistakes.

Maybe I should give up caring – the way it seems many organisations have given up worrying about quality control.

Then again, when I read good writing from Recruiters – it  encourages me that some professionals still care. The good writing makes me think this organisation is probably as efficient and professional as its writing.

What do you think? Am I expecting too much?

Does the “new normal” of business mean we can’t expect the same quality as pre-GFC?

We all make mistakes – but at least we should try to minimise the number of mistakes that slip through.

If you are interested, here’s a previous rant about quality control.

https://efangelist.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/dont-blame-poor-writers-in-your-organisation-help-them/

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One comment on “Why recruiters must be extra careful to correct writing mistakes

  1. efangelist
    August 12, 2014

    Reblogged this on efangelist.

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