Elements of a Perfect Job Description

Hiring the right candidate begins with a job description that perfectly describes what your company is looking for in a candidate. Since job titles can often be misleading, it is vital to include an accurate description of what experience a qualified applicant should have and what your expectations are of their performance.

If a job description is vague or is inaccurate then you may end up receiving a lot of applications from unqualified candidates, interviewing mediocre candidates, and possibly even end up delaying the entire hiring process.

So how can you ensure your job description is perfect?

Though individual factors of a job description will vary based on the company, as well as the actual job, below are the key elements you need to include when creating the perfect job description.

  • Job Title/Position – This is the first piece of information a candidate sees
  • Department within the Company – Gives candidate an idea of where he/she would be in the company’s structure
  • To Whom the Candidate Will Report – Allows a candidate to understand relationships for the position, can also include who would be reporting to the person in the Job Title/Position
  • Short Summary ­– Two to three sentences highlighting the function of the position within the organization, as well as, the position’s main responsibilities
  • Bullet Points of Major Functions – Very detailed list of all possible functions pertaining to the position, can also mention how often each duty is performed, as well as, what percentage of estimated time the candidate will spend performing each duty
  • Whether the List of Job Duties is Exhaustive or Not – Informs a candidate that there may be additional functions not specifically included in this job description
  • Qualifications – Necessary skills, knowledge, educational background, languages, previous employment history, or training required

These key elements allow for a company to specify exactly the type of candidate they are searching for to fill a position. By using this aid, we know you will find the right candidates for your company!

If you are still unsure if your job description perfectly reflects the needs of the position feel free to contact us.  We’ll be happy to help you craft just the right message!