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Where to start when writing a job description

Where To Start When Writing A Job Description

When writing a job description where do you start?

Here are a couple of ideas:

  • First point of call, look internally. Do you have an internal database of job descriptions or have you written similar job descriptions in the past?
  • Look online, Google is a great source of information with databases of job descriptions and free job description templates which can help you get started.

If not, you may be able to find something suitable on a job board, aggregators like Indeed are a great place to look, or you may have a long withstanding relationship with an agency who can probably share something suitable.

Agree with the job specification internally, ensuring that all the team members that you want to be involved have their say now. Consider who should you involve, who will be working closely with this person.

Sample job descriptions can inspire and help but you need to define what success looks like in this position. What is important to your company and what impact do you expect this position will have to the business?

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What would you like?

A few considerations to take whilst creating your job description

What training is required? What are the roadmaps along the way? Agree what support you’ll need to provide the employee. What costs might recruiting someone in this position incur? If they are in sales, marketing will be required, commission will need to be paid, will they need a lead generation person?

If they are in IT employee they’ll be interested in new technologies and how technically your company is looking to evolve – can you provide the platform for this person to help your company thrive?

For most employees regardless of their job you’ll need to consider courses and further training, this comes at a cost and will involve time out of the office so make sure you do your research now!

What skills does the candidate require? What experience must they have had? Do they need to come from the industry or a competitor?

Give a concise outline of duties – be truthful about the position and make it captivating.

Final thoughts

Look through the eyes of the candidates and understand what is important to them. You need to create a great first impression so make sure when writing a job description that you build candidate desire. What makes the job compelling, tell the company storey and have a clear message about the company, consider the culture and be positive!

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