A well written job description can help snag the right candidate for the job. The job description is your employer’s introduction to the candidate, so it should be clear, concise and free of any grammatical or spelling errors.
Here are five lessons for your employers to learn about creating effective job descriptions.
1. The devil is in the details. Things to include:
* Job title
* Location of the position (if there are multiple locations)
* Title of supervisor
* Pay grade or level (if your company has this)
* Type of employment, such as full-time versus part-time
* FLSA status (exempt versus non-exempt)
2. Compete for the total package. Remember that your competitors are out there describing their workplace as the best. What sets you apart as an employer? Are there special benefits? Determine what you have to offer so that you can attract the candidate you need to meet your business needs.
3. Don’t worry about pedigree. In today’s job market the workers are typically highly skilled and qualified. Don’t discount a candidate because they have a bachelor’s degree and not a master’s. Often times those with more on the job experience can bring a lot to the table and ensure that your organization is setup for success.
4. Must have vs. Nice to have. Perhaps you’ve crafted your dream candidate in your head, but do they truly exist? Consider making a list of must haves and nice to haves. Remember some skills are quickly and easily obtained.
5. Reporting for duty. Certain decision points go behind applying for a position. If the position your hiring for is reporting directly to the CEO, President or C-level management. Let candidates know this critical information to attract the right talent.