How to Write an Effective Job Description

January 5th, 2016

When you need to hire someone, the best way to tangibly figure out what you need is to write a job description. Job descriptions provide your expectations of the candidate’s qualities, as well as their responsibilities within the company. Here’s how to write an effective job description:

Consider Your Goals

Ultimately, what are your goals? This can be taken to mean in a company sense, or specifically for this position. Too many companies write job descriptions without a clear goal in mind, but this usually backfires. If you can define clear goals for your company or this new recruit, you will have a much easier time visualizing the role you need your new employee to fill.

Visualize The Perfect Candidate

If you can visualize the perfect candidate, you will have an easier time writing the job description. This will help because it can help you narrow down the skills, qualifications, and experience you actually want your candidate to possess.

Quantify Whenever Possible

It’s easy to get caught up in unquantifiable traits such as being a “hard-worker” or a “team player,” but these traits can be confusing and do more harm than good. If you can quantify your requirements such as asking someone to have 3 years’ experience with this and 3 years’ experience with that, it will be more helpful than asking someone to be “well-rounded.” The more the job description is quantified, the less chance it has to be vague.

Give Measurable Objectives

In the job description, make sure to give measurable objectives. What would you like the recruit to do, and when do you want them to do it by? Should they provide you with three references and two dates they are free to interview? Make sure to include all of that in the job description to be as specific as possible. The more specific you are; the better chances you have at achieving what you want.

If you have written a fitting job description and are in need of an employee, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to come up with a group of perfect candidates for your needs according to that job description.


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