The job description
Despite how important the job description is, many companies don’t pay too much attention. In some cases, businesses looking to hire will use recycled or generic descriptions that don’t provide enough information to entice the candidates. Well, in case you have had issues writing the right description in the past, we have a few pointers that may help you out.
Here they are:
The Job Title
The job title is the essential aspect of any job description. It needs to be short, catchy, and straightforward. The job title should highlight what the prospective candidates will be doing and their level within its organizational structure. Someone must be able to look at the title and immediately identify what the role is means. Some companies are trying to be playful with titles. For instance, instead of having a title like “Experienced developer,” you will find titles reading like “Guru Developer” or “Sales Ninja.” It is not allowed for two reasons. First, it takes away the professional nature of the job. Secondly, these words are not optimized on job boards, so it’s hard for people to find the ads.
The job description also needs to highlight the location of the job. People need to know where they will be working. It helps to determine whether they are ready to fit in or not. The location should be carefully placed at the top of the job description. It should be evident for anyone to see. In some cases, the location can be included in the job title.
What’s the job involve?
It is also essential to provide a simple summary about the job. Highlight why the company is looking to hire in that particular position, the objectives expected of the successful candidates, and how they will be met. However, this is very different from specific roles and responsibilities.
Roles and Responsibilities
This section covers the specific roles and responsibilities of the prospective candidates. I include the specific day to day activities the candidates will be expected to fulfill once they are hired. The responsibilities are done in short and precise bullets. The language used here should also be very professional.
Of course, most companies will want to bring in people who have enough experience in the job description they want to fill. But it’s more than just throwing in the years of experience you want. As a company, you have to think very carefully about this. If you overstate the desired experience, you may end up locking out many candidates who are exceptionally qualified to handle the task at hand. Always make sure that the desired experience is as reasonable as possible.
Unique benefits for employees are always desirable. A significant portion of people will look at the benefits offered by a given job before deciding to work there or not. Whether it’s health insurance, retirement savings, or time offs, this information needs to be very clear.
Unlike most misconceptions out there, the salary is not part of the benefits package. But many companies don’t feel comfortable disclosing the expected salary range. They will often use generic terms like “good compensation” or competitive pay.” However, it is vital to give a clear indication of how much money you intend to pay.
If there are rules or regulations that employees in your organization need to comply with, it is essential to include them in the job description. Although this doesn’t apply to all companies or businesses, it will be a significant consideration for prospective candidates who wish to join your organization.