Writing job descriptions when you’ve never done the job can be a bit difficult and potentially intimidating. You’ll want to be sure to talk to anyone at your company who is more familiar with the job role, especially for help writing the description of responsibilities. Here at Field Recruitment our recruitment consultants’ have put together some simple tips to help you write a job description along with a sample job description template.
The job description should include specific details such as responsibilities, job duties, and skills required to perform a role. It might also includes a list of common day-to-day tasks, equipment or tools used, who the role reports to within the business, and overall goals.
Tips on how to Write a Job Description:
– Use an accurate job title.
– Write a brief summary paragraph that provides an overview of the job.
– Define what success looks like in the position after 30 days, the first quarter, and the first year.
– Write only the job responsibilities that are necessary for this job, not every job.
– List essential qualifications.
– Have someone proofread it.
– Get the hiring manager to sign off on it.
– Publish it where candidates can get easy access to it on company website, job boards, social media platforms, etc.
Sample Job Description Template
Formal position title.
Reports To: The [job title] will report to [positions title or titles this position reports to].
Job Overview: Provide a brief description of the role, what success in the position looks like, and how it fits into the overall company.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- List the essential duties required to carry out this job.
- List them in order of importance.
- Use complete sentences.
- Start sentences with verbs.
- Use the present tense.
- Use gender-neutral language.
- Education level.
- Specific skills.
- Personal characteristics.
- Physical abilities.