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How to Ace a Job Description in 4 Simple Steps

A job description is a detailed account of the roles, responsibilities, and required skills for an advertised job position. It is the first and foremost formal description that piques the prospective candidates’ interest by giving them an insight about:

  • An understanding regarding the scope of the job.
  • The skills and competencies required for the position.
  • The organization’s objectives prior to the initiation of the recruitment process.
  • What the organization has to offer its employees

Hence, to find the right fit for the job particularly if you are strapped by time constraints; a well crafted and engaging piece of information in the form of a job description can make your hiring process successful.

Now let’s take a look at these 3 pointers to keep in mind when writing a job description that is precise and accurate enough to help smoothen the recruitment process:

1.     Highlight Relevant Requirements

Instead of just putting every skill that exists, mention only the relevant ones required for the position.

  • Highlight the required soft and interpersonal skills and competencies using researched keywords.
  • Make sure you paint a picture about the hired individuals’ interaction and with superior management and reporting officers.
  • Shed light on how the hired individual’s role has an impact on the company as a whole.
  •  Underline the desired and essential qualifications effectively. Segregate between the two accordingly.

2.     Describe the Roles and Responsibilities

A brief description of the hired individual’s roles and responsibilities helps get the candidates acquainted with the nature of the work that needs to be performed when hired.

Listing down everyday chores highlighting specific duties will help the candidates visualize how a typical day at work will look like. Avoid vague sentences and instead focus on writing direct and clear sentences to describe the assigned duties of the hired candidate. This specific detailing will in turn help pull a higher quality of candidates for the prospective job opening.

For instance, instead of writing “You will be managing the social media accounts” enlist certain responsibilities such as:

  • Manage Social Media posts for various clients on social media handles.
  • Develop creative strategy according to client needs.
  • Measure ROI’s and KPI’s

3.     Add a Salary Figure

Providing information about the range of salary gives potential candidates and an idea of what they will be offered. This helps them make mindful decision when applying for a particular job and get the salary they expect out of it.

Sometimes when you don’t add a salary figure there are chances candidates might back out after the final interview process owing to the difference between expected salary and offered salary.

Besides filtering candidates, adding a salary figure will selectively draw candidates who can work for you in the given range without compromising on their roles and responsibilities as an employee. Adding a figure on the job description helps trim down this problem to quite an extent and save both the candidate and the employer’s time in the long run. 

4.     Emphasize On the Perks

Extend your job description to what the company has to offer- write about everything that is unique to your company. It can be anything – an equipped cafeteria,  a shuttle service, travel reimbursements, health insurance, in-office gym, flexible hours, crèche facility, paid parental leave, or a higher percentage contribution to the retirement funds.

Also, add how friendly and progressive is the work culture at your place. Positive work place ethics act as a magnet to pull in potential candidates.  Add employee testimonials, and recommendations on job portals to testify your statements.

All these added perks can help attract individuals to your company in order to reap these benefits that help improve the quality of their life at home and the workplace. 

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