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Everything You Need To Know About Job Advertising

Everything you need to know about job advertising

Good job advert examples

If you want to attract the right people and build the best possible team, a good job advert is essential. A job advert portrays more than what you want; it represents your company and its culture. 

If you have never written a job advert before, then the task might seem daunting. You can use a good job advert template to get started, and here we have two good job advert examples (one long, one short) to help you get started.

The difference between a job advert and a job description

A Job advert is a shortened version of a job advert that portrays the key elements of the role such as company name, role title, salary and various other details about working hours. (see below). If you want to learn more about a role, all you need to do is click the advert for an in-depth job description.

Writing a job description?

We have produced a template to help you create the perfect job profile. We can also send you job descriptions, just enter the job title required and we will share.

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Job advert example:

How can I advertise my job for free

It is worth noting that there is no such thing as free, as there are always business costs involved, whether it is the time of employees or hosting costs for a website. However, there are low-cost methods and ways to avoid incurring additional or unnecessary fees.

To minimise job advertising costs, you could use:

  • A totally manual approach – You write the job description and job advert yourself and then post the job on your website, various job boards, or your social media platforms.
  • Tools & software – You find a company that provides talent acquisition software to help you manage the process more effectively. This approach is often cheaper than taking a totally manual approach.
  • Managed services – You pay someone such as a recruiter to handle the process for you.

List of free job advertising sites

The UK has several job advertising sites, known as job boards that support free advertising:

  • Indeed – A job posting site used by more than three million companies. A basic listing is free with additional charges for premium job posts that boost visibility, starting from £75 per month.
  • Job Today – The fastest-growing mobile hiring platform allows you to create a company profile and post your first job advert for free. Various packages with different fees exist after the first free listing.
  • Jora – You can post ten free job posts per month but the site lacks extra features such as accessing candidate databases. You can sponsor ads to increase their visibility.
  • Adzuna – The London-based job board offers the first 30-day ad for free with bespoke prices once the free ad is used.
  • LinkedIn – The world’s largest social media network for professionals permits free job posting on your profile page, but you will need to pay to target qualified candidates. LinkedIn uses a pay-per-click pricing model for promoting your vacancy.

Many job advertisement sites offer at least one free job advert, and you can use free job description templates to create your post. 

Pros and cons of free advertising

The manual approach may appear to be the cheapest. However, it is not always the case when considering:

  • The number of candidates who see your job advert is restricted, and you cannot post your job in as many places.
  • The quality of the candidate may be lower and take more time to validate.
  • The time it takes to find a candidate can be costly in terms of lost production or sales.

Managing recruiting costs and candidate reach

While free job advertising may seem like an attractive proposition, it is often ineffective, drawing interest from few candidates or flooding you with candidates that do not have the talent, skills, or qualifications your business needs.

Using job board advertising tools and services can produce better results by:

  • Cutting down hefty commissions.
  • Shortening the process from advert to hire.
  • Taking less time to manage with only one job description to create.
  • Maximising job advert reach with simultaneous listing on hundreds of sites.

Hiring People offers job board advertising on hundreds of sites for £195 or less, complementing our branded advertising and flat-fee recruitment services.

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