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Inclusive writing—the importance of writing at language level B1

Don’t miss the boat! Diversity and inclusion in the workplace are highly valued nowadays. Of course, it’s the right thing to do and on top of that, research shows that diversity plays an important role in the profitability of a company. A prerequisite for diversity and inclusion in the workplace is writing job descriptions that everyone can understand. Research shows that the average reading level is dropping, however, most job descriptions are written at a level that only a very small percentage of people can understand. For the ones paying attention, this suggests that the importance of understandable writing in job descriptions is not yet fully understood by those responsible for recruiting. Let’s work on that!

 

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)!

Well, that’s a mouthful! I don’t know if I was ever so happy with an abbreviation…anyways, back to business. In Europe, the CEFR specifies three language levels: A, B and C. These are divided into two sublevels: 1 and 2. Language level A1 is the lowest (easiest to understand) and C2 is the highest (most difficult to understand). The language level that most people, that is, about 60% of the population, are able to read and understand is B1. So, what do you do when you want as many people as possible to understand your job descriptions? Exactamundo! You need to write them at a B1 level. Job descriptions that aren’t written at a CEFR B1 level are not readable for the majority of your target group.

 

Keep it simple: write at a B1 level

Keep it real, keep it simple! The majority of the job descriptions posted these days use language that is far too complex. It means you’ll probably miss out on a large group of very suitable candidates. On top of that, it makes it even harder to reach your diversity and inclusion goals. Such a shame! After all, what are the chances of attracting a diverse group of candidates when very few people find your job descriptions understandable? Understandable writing in job descriptions means writing at a B1 level. By doing so, most people will be able to fully understand the requirements of the job. You’ll also make your job description more accessible to people suffering from dyslexia or those who aren’t native speakers of the language you’re writing in.

 

A little help, a big difference

Do you want to make sure your job descriptions are written at a CEFR B1 level? Then there are a number of tips and tricks you can use. But it’s far easier to use the platform we offer at Textmetrics! This platform uses AI algorithms to assess the readability of your job description. Say what?! And as if it wasn’t enough, the tool will give you suggestions to reach the desired B1 level. It is an important step toward more diversity and inclusion in your workforce and yes, it is as easy as it sounds. You’re welcome!

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