How to Write a Good Job Description

How to Write a Good Job Description

by Jackie Lauterbach, Communications Coordinator, Acclivity Healthcare

Job descriptions are extremely important communication tools for a company to have in place. A good job description should provide both the candidate and the employer a practical, clear and accurate description of what’s expected from the position. It can be a useful tool to attract qualified candidates for your position and help ensure a smooth hiring process. Good job descriptions will:

  • Help attract the “right” kind of candidates
  • Provide a clear picture of the major responsibilities
  • Outline performance expectations for both the candidate and the employer
  • Act as a solid reference point for compensation and promotion decisions

When crafting a good job description you typically include the purpose and responsibilities of the job, a detailed analysis of all individual tasks involved, the methods used to complete those tasks, and the ideal qualifications needed for the job. Job descriptions are generally formatted in the following structure:

  • Job title
  • Objective or purpose of the position
  • Overall summary of the job functions
  • List of critical duties or tasks performed
  • Specific standards and requirements
  • Location of the position
  • Salary range

Keep in mind that your descriptions should be as clear as possible and leave little room for interpretation. Sentences should be written in present tense and avoid biased terminology. Double check your spelling, grammar and punctuation before publishing. Remember, potential applicants are evaluating your company just as much as you’re evaluating them.