In recruiting, we know that casting the right bait in the right locations is key to attracting top talent. Whether we are vetting incoming candidates or actively sourcing passive ones, everyone eventually comes into contact with the proposed job description, and this makes all the difference.

Job descriptions are a kind of necessary evil. Writing them is universally despised, but it’s also the only way to concisely explain what you need and who you are looking for. In today’s competitive, equity-focused talent market, employers cannot afford to make a mistake. Too often, we write unconsciously gender-biased descriptions and lose good people along the way. Businesses must gain a new level of awareness and write in a way that appeals to both men and women.

Prudential’s latest Pulse of the American Worker survey, conducted in March has some interesting insight on important shifts in the job market coming our way. They found that 1 out of 4 workers (26%) plan on looking for a new job once the pandemic is behind us. The percentage is even higher for millennials (now hitting 40 years old by the way) at 34%. This reshuffling of the deck is going to be especially hard on employers who aren’t ready to replace highly skilled talent.