Writing effective job listings is an important task and your job description needs to be clear and precise, not lengthy but yet all important information must be included. This explainer offers guidance on key sections that are important to include for clarity, as well as suggestions for promoting the position so you can hook the readers with a thoughtful and unique job description. A typical job listing provides a list of duties, responsibilities, tasks, requirements, demands for setting job expectations and the employee's ability to perform the work as described. However, it’s often not construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities.
When writing a job description, consider the following:
- Highlight the accurate job title;
- Provide a general company introduction;
- Provide a brief summary or introduction that provides an overview of the job;
- Specify the relevant job duties and responsibilities that are necessary for this position;
- List essential qualifications;
- Be clear and concise;
- Have someone proofread it;
- Make sure that HR and the hiring manager will sign off before publishing it;
- Define what success looks like in the position after 30 days, the first quarter, and the first year;
- Provide direct contact details of the manager or HR department who will follow up on the candidates.
- Publish it via several social media platforms, or offline media, so you are sure that in-house employees also can get easy access to it.
- Address the candidates directly to help them to feel more related eg. Use the word "you" instead of "they";
- Include an "about us" brief summary about your company;
- Include all benefits that comes with the job position.