How to write a job description

Before a person applies for a job, or even consider putting in an application, they will want to know what will be expected of them and also what development opportunities there are. Therefore preparing and writing a job description is key in making sure you attract the best people.

Your job description will:

  • Provide a clear direction as to what their role is
  • Give a prospective applicant full details of  what the role they are applying for involves
  • Give managers clear direction as to what they can expect from their staff
  • Help plan the interview process and the questions to be asked

A complete job description should include:

  • The job title
  • The department
  • The location
  • The purpose of the job
  • Who the person reports to
  • Any supervisory duties
  • Accountabilities
  • Main duties
  • Working conditions (e.g hours of work)
  • Qualifications and experience
  • Technical skills
  • Salary and benefits
  • Prospects
  • Any other relevant information that you think is pertinent to the job

Above all make sure this job description clearly defines the goals of the position and a timeline for reaching them. Remember that unicorns do not exist so have realistic goals when it comes to referencing salary, experience and qualifications.


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