When posting a job opening, it is critical to have a really captivating description to attract the right candidate.
Here are nine must-haves when writing an effective job description:
1. Write a job title that is clear and concise
This should be easy enough, but many companies fail to impress with their job titles. Your title should be specific, brief (no more than 3-4 words), and focus on the role you want to fill.
2. Describe the role
The first paragraph of the job description shouldn’t just be about your organization; it should also be about the candidates. What is it that you’re looking for? What type of person are you looking for? What is it that makes this company unique and special? This is where you should highlight the perks you provide, such as benefits, bonus plans, training and development opportunities, perks, and your company’s culture.
3. Describe the daily responsibilities
This is where you’ll describe the job’s primary tasks, the skills required to perform these tasks, and the work environment. Your candidate will need to know if they’ll be working alone or in a team, if they’re expected to travel and more.
4. Describe the qualifications
Let the candidate know what they need to succeed in the role. Do they need experience? Are you looking for a specific degree? Do they need certain certifications?
5. Describe the organizational culture
Here you’ll highlight what the organization believes and how they behave. Let candidates know if they’ll have access to training and professional development opportunities.
6. Describe the environment
This section is optional, but it can be very helpful for candidates interested in finding out more about their potential workplace. Describe the physical space and any important details about the company’s culture.
7. Describe your organization
Here you’ll tell candidates what they should know about your company, such as its history, products, vision and values. You want to let candidates know what they can expect to work for your company. Does your company value creativity? Are they big on collaboration? What are your company values? This is also where you can add what type of atmosphere you want to create in your office. Does your company value fun, or are they more serious? Your candidates want to know what type of work environment they can expect, so don’t be afraid to tell them. If you have a fun atmosphere, then let them know. If you have a more serious atmosphere, then tell them that too. People want to work for companies that fit their personalities. They want to feel that they can fit into the company culture.
8. Highlight career opportunities and development
Let candidates know what they have to look forward to should they become part of your company. You can also let them know where they can go if they want to advance their career with your organization. Show them what types of opportunities are available with your company and how they can work towards those opportunities.
9. Describe how to apply
This is where you’ll give candidates all the information they need to apply for your job. Let them know if they should send their resume or CV, how many copies of their resume or CV they should send and if they need to apply through an online application form or send a hard copy via mail.
A well-written job description can help you get the right person for the job. A great one can engage candidates and make them want to apply for your position. It is important to define what you are looking for to make sure that you attract the right candidates.