How to write an effective job description

Published on: Mon, 27 Jul 2020
By: Elliott, redwigwam

A well-written job description is crucial when looking for suitable staff as it could be the difference between lots of unsuitable candidates wasting your time or having the pick of the crop.

So how can you write job descriptions that will attract the right type of people?

Be clear

This may appear seemingly obvious, but having a clearly defined role description will not only help you to understand what the role responsibilities entail, the key skills required and what attributes you’re looking for in a person but will also give potential candidates a better idea of what it is you’re looking for, thus reducing any confusion of what the exact nature of the role is.

What should be included?

A well-written job description should be comprised of the following:

  • Job title
    This needs to include the job role title and level.

  • Key responsibilities
    Detail all the essential requirements of the position and the tasks at hand.

  • Departments and management
    This information refers to who the candidate will report to and where they sit within the team and company as a whole.

  • Skills and qualifications
    Make a list of required and preferred skills (including desired personality traits) along with any necessary qualifications and desired years of experience.

  • Job goals
    Make clear what the objectives and expectations are in the short, medium, and long term

  • Location
    Where is the job based and what travel is necessary.

  • Employment type
    Specify what type of employment is being offered i.e. full-time, part-time, temporary, etc.

  • Salary and any available benefits
    Advise of the rate of pay, whether it be salary based or by the hour, along with detailing information such as holiday days.

  • Company background 
    Background information on the company culture, missions and goals will help potential candidates better identify themselves with the business.

The use of clear and direct language is also vital when writing job descriptions for it will ensure potential candidates understand precisely what skills and qualifications are required and what is to be expected of them. If you overcomplicate with confusing terminology then this could be easily misconstrued, resulting in more applicants thinking they are qualified for the role when in fact they are not.

Include the above aspects when writing your job description and you’ll be well on your way to hiring the right people for your job.

Of course, redwigwam's online form makes this process really simple and we even go one step further by matching the right skilled people to your role - get in touch for some more information about how we can help. 

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