How to write a job description

In essence, a great job description showcases your role to the potential candidates looking for a role.

A good job description will also focus your attention and your recruiters on what is really needed in the role. Whether it is a replacement hire or newly created position, the chances of a particular role will be clearly highlighted and provide a clear set of objectives to identify the most suitable candidate. Done well, the job description will save time and ensure you see only the most relevant professionals.

Job description essentials

  • Job title- ask your consultant if your role title effectively sells the position
  • Department- outline how your team fits in with the wider organisation
  • Key summary on your company, including a line on culture and career progression
  • Reporting lines who are the direct reports and any dotted line reports
  • Specific key responsibilities- describe in detail but write then in an engaging way
  • Length of employment (i.e is this going to be a permanent or contract position)
  • Qualifications required
  • Work experience? background- remember to differentiate what’s essential and what’s ideal
  • Salary and benefits


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