Tips for Creating Recruitment Advertisements that Attract your Ideal Candidate

Believe it or not, recruitment advertisements, or any advertising to fill a position in your company is very similar to how you would go about creating any other type of ad.  This means many of the same rules apply.

Kim Ridgeway, a Senior Media Sales Associate who has been working with professional recruitment advertisers for more than 5 years and has worked with titles such as USA Today, ADA, JADA Family Medicine, and STFM  says that her best advice is simple.   “Don’t overindulge the information. Give a short description of the job and requirements. In addition, it is important to provide some basic information about work/life balance. These include the most popular reason people move to the location.  Just keep it simple.” Secondly, she says, “ It is also important to share something that makes their company more unique than others.”

Person looking at a dental recruitment ad on their cell phone Tips for Creating Recruitment Advertisements that Attract your Ideal Candidate


When you are creating a recruitment advertisement you should consider including information on the salary. As well as the additional key benefits that may be included in the position.

There are several other simple rules to keep in mind when placing professional recruitment advertisements. These are attractive subject lines, short sentences, and a clear call to action.  This lets your prospective audience know when and how they need to respond to the job.


In some cases you can request for your ad to be placed in specific location within the publication so that it is easily seen. Requesting to have your ad placed in the upper right hand corner area when running an ad in the newspaper. A reader’s eyes naturally go from the top down and view the bottom left side of the paper last.

Tracking the response of your ad is also just as crucial when placing recruitment ads as it would be when placing branding or sales ads on any other type of media Ads indeed suggests using the following formula to keep track of your recruitment ad spending

Cost per applicant (CPA) Total media outside cost / number of applicants Example: $5,000 / 750 applicants = $6.67 CPA Cost per hire (CPH) Total media outside cost / number of hires Example: $5,000 / 6 hires = $833 CPH

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