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How to Write a Job Description: Tips from Literary Legends

Struggling with how to word a job description for your company? Here, we take a look at wise words offered from literary legends and how their message can help you craft the perfect job listing! Learn more hiring solutions at

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How to Write a Job Description: Tips from Literary Legends

  1. 1. Tips from Literary Legends HOW TO WRITE A JOB DESCRIPTION
  2. 2. Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light. - Joseph Pulitzer Write clearly & briefly, but make it memorable.
  3. 3. Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. - William Allen White Don’t use overly fluffy language.
  4. 4. I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead. - Mark Twain Writing a clear and concise job description takes time. Use it wisely.
  5. 5. Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very.’ Otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. - C.S. Lewis Use jargon-free language.
  6. 6. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. - Benjamin Franklin Create a job description that’s enticing & worth reading.
  7. 7. There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. - W. Somerset Maugham Don’t feel forced to use a specific job description format. Be creative!
  8. 8. If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time, or the tools, to write. Simple as that. - Stephen King Find job descriptions you like and use them to inspire your own.
  9. 9. If it sounds like writing, rewrite it. - Elmore Leonard Write like you speak to make your brand seem more human.
  10. 10. I myself find that I trust my own writing most, and others seem to trust it most, too, when I sound most like a person from Indianapolis, which is what I am. - Kurt Vonnegut Write a job description that applicants can trust and relate to.
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