Shipping Recruitment Southampton

How to write the perfect job advert & attract the right candidates

At SDW, we have seen a lot of companies looking to recruit themselves or some companies utilizing our recruitment services whilst also using direct hiring strategies, even if this is just posting an advert on their own website or on their social media accounts. So if you currently try to recruit yourselves or this is something that you are looking to do in the future, this blog post is for you.

You may ask, why am I sharing this information, surely it is arming companies with all they need to bypass a recruitment agency like SDW and recruit directly? Well, yes it may well do in some cases, but most of our customers use us as they need to outsource the whole process because a) they just haven’t got any spare time to devote to the advertising, sourcing & shortlisting process and b) They need to hire asap, and wish to tap into our current & active database of freight professionals. Plus we have also launched our sister company, SDW eRecruit, which is an online recruitment advertising solution, in which we write a compelling advert, post it to the leading job boards and actively source candidates for you – but this is not a blog to sell SDW eRecruit, but if you do wish to know more, please visit 

Let’s get started – having worked in recruitment for over 15 years, specialising in the shipping & logistics industry, we have successfully recruited for thousands of logistical roles throughout the UK. The key component of making any recruitment campaign a success is sourcing the right candidates in which to shortlist & interview from. Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? But if it is so obvious, surely common sense would ensure that the advertising process is fundamental to any recruitment campaign – attracting the right candidates!

You’d of thought… but time & time again we see poorly written adverts written on company websites, job boards, social media & all over the internet. It’s not just employers who are guilty of this – some of the worst I’ve seen have been poorly written adverts by recruitment agencies, whom just by going on sheer volume of adverts they write on a weekly basis, should be better job marketers & copy writers – especially as they are working on behalf of their clients, trying to attract the very best candidates.

One major mistake I see – many shipping & freight companies  target their advert at potential applicants who are actively looking for another job.

So, what’s wrong with that I hear you say? Okay, of course you want suitable & experienced applicants who are currently looking for a new role to apply – these candidates are spending a lot of time scrolling through the job boards & the internet, so you’ve got a fair chance of them finding your advert & getting their attention.

BUT… 75% of all potential applicants are in work right now – working for one of your competitors. Within this 75%, you are most certainly going to find the best calibre candidates.

The 75% are currently working, so very time poor – so if they are searching online, they are only doing this either at lunchtime or early evening, most likely whilst they’re eating their tea after a bad day at the office.

With this in mind, you firstly need to ensure that you advert is fully optimised and appears towards the top of the listings, if not – the very top. The potential applicant needs to click the job title and then you need to quickly address the applicants subconscious question of – what is in it for me?

You need to hit their emotional buttons & influence them into applying for your job. Job seekers have become job shoppers!

Remember – the main goal is get them to click the apply button and turn them into an applicant!

So, you hear recruiters, employers, friends & colleagues saying how job adverts & job boards don’t work anymore. But is it any wonder they receive a poor response? The quality of the advert is crap.

So, before you started reading this, I bet you thought writing a job advert was easy, didn’t you?

Please feel free to download our comprehensive guide to writing the perfect advert that will generate over 5 times more applications (from the right candidates). There is no forms to fill in, opt ins, clever tracking systems or anything like that just click here just click here and the guide will be yours to, save & use as you wish.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you think I may be able to offer some advice around a particular problem you are having, recruitment related please :-). I am just a phone call or an email away.

Both myself & the team here will keep writing what we feel is valuable content and sharing it, via our website, email newsletters & across social, so please do let me know if there if there are any topics of particular interest. If I don’t know the answer, I am sure I will know someone who will that I can tap into or point you in the right direction.

All the best.


Steve Wyeth

Director & Founder of SDW