A job description typically outlines the necessary skills, training and education needed by a potential employee and it is key to attracting the most suitable candidates for the job. You need to write your job description with the understanding that competitors will also be seeking a similar standard of professional out of the same candidate pool.
A good job description will help to focus your attention (and that of your recruiters) on what is really needed in the role. Whether it is a replacement hire or a newly created position, the nuances of a particular role should be clearly highlighted and a clear set of objectives must be provided in order to identify the most suitable candidate.
Done well, the job description will save time ensuring you see only the most relevant professionals. Here are some key elements not to forget when drafting a job description:
- Job title - ask your consultant if your role title effectively sells the position
- Department - outline how your team fits in with the wider organisation
- Key summary on your company, including a line on culture and career progression
- Reporting lines - who are the direct reports and any 'dotted line' reports
- Specific key responsibilities - describe in detail but write them in an engaging way
- Length of employment (i.e. is this going to be a permanent or contract position)
- Qualifications required
- Work experience/background - remember to differentiate what's essential and what's ideal
- Salary and benefits.
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