Thursday April 11 2013

How to structure a Job Description

How to structure a Job Description

In this article Simon Speak, Recruitment Specialist at AFR Consultants explains why composing a a well-structured job description is vital for attracting the right candidates for your role.

Beyond the recruitment process, composing a a well-structured job description helps employees understand their responsibilities and helps you evaluate their performance.

The job description allows you to showcase the job and is your opportunity to attract the most appropriate candidates so include as much as you can as well as the usual role, responsibilities and qualifications.

Here are my top tips to help you write the job description for the role you want to recruit:

  • Dont just write what the person in the role currently does, but what you would like that position to be able to do consider the businesses current situation as well as looking ahead to growth and development.
  • Bear in mind the job you describe must be achievable make sure that youre not creating a job that very few people could fill.
  • Be specific where possible but think responsibilities rather than individual tasks.
  • Try and develop a standardised approach to job descriptions across company/ department

The typical structure of a job description template is as follows;

  • Job Title
  • Location
  • Reports to
  • Job Purpose (ideally one sentence)
  • Responsibilities/ Duties (8-15 bullet points)
  • Essential and desirable criteria
  • Company/ team overview
  • Application information

Having a well written job description will help you generate more relevant interest and is beneficial for recruiters sourcing and briefing target candidates.

Remember, the best candidates will have more than one opportunity to choose from, so to ensure that yours is their favoured role and attract the top talent you need to sell it through the job description giving potential applicants a great impression of your business.

For more help and advice on how to structure a job description, please contact Simon Speak at AFR Consulting on 01204 694973.


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