The more I think about it the more I come to the conclusion that we need to return to the basics. I was involved in a discussion today about the need for recruiters to learn to create better job postings. There is still a lot of what we used to call spaghetti recruiting out there. For those of you not old enough to have heard that expression spaghetti recruiting is the methodology of throwing enough resumes at a hiring manager thinking one of them simply has got to stick!

As I thought about job postings and the approaches recruiters have it occurred to me!! What if I posted a personals ad as we do a job req. I'd bet I'd have women lining up for the job as we do for the jobs we post for our highly sought after Business Analysts or Software Architects. Here is what I thought it would look like:

Business Title: Housewife
Job Requisition: #12531BR
Full/part time: Full-time
Job Function: Homemaker
Business Unit: Homemaker Services

City: Hometown, USA

Job Description:

Need top talent for the natural and most fulfilling role for a lady. Primary role is that of child-care provider, supporting the children's physical, intellectual, and emotional development. The perfect candidate can be found in cooperative preschools and volunteering in numerous community organizations. This position is requires all shifts and must be called to work any shift any time.

Key Responsibilities:

Must have dinner ready. Planned ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time. Must make time to prepare self as to be refreshed when husband arrives home. Must be able to hold interesting conversation to offset boring days at the office. Must gather up schoolbooks, toys, papers, etc. and then run a dustcloth over the tables. Over the cooler months of the year, must prepare and light a fire for to unwind by.

Must wash the children's hands and faces, comb their hair and, if necessary, change their clothes. Must minimize/eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer, or vacuum upon husband's arrival. Must know that husband's topics of conversation are more important.

Never complain, whine or nag. Must be able to communicate well to address concerns and resolve issues.


Associates Degree in homemaking or equivalent work experience
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
Ability to support husband's needs
Ability to shop, cook, clean
Attention to fine details
Experience with yard work, home repairs, money managing is preferred

I could see the line forming now!!!!

If the point isn't obvious enough, let's write better job postings. Is it any wonder we don't have candidate breaking down our doors to fill our open positions?

Moises Lopez,

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