A good job description should include a company overview and job overview, as well as an explanation of the associated responsibilities, skills & qualifications, and work environment. Below are some general guidelines for writing each of these sections effectively.
1. COMPANY OVERVIEW
Providing an accurate, concise description of your business is a great way to attract the right employees. Think of this section as an advertisement for your company -- why should prospective employees want to join your team?
Some useful things to include here are:
- Core company values
- Mission statement
- Brief history of your organization
- Anticipated growth
- Business goals
2. JOB OVERVIEW
In a few sentences, describe the purpose, importance, and fundamental qualities of the position being offered. No need to be too specific or comprehensive here -- the idea is to provide a zoomed-out image of the role the applicant would be filling in your company.
This is where you’ll outline the specific day-to-day responsibilities of the job. Bullet-point format is typically the most practical way to present this information.
4. NECESSARY SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
List in bulleted format the skills & qualifications that are absolutely essential to this position. Consider as many specific conditions of the job as possible in order to create a complete list of qualifications an applicant must have in order to succeed.
5. PREFERRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
List in bulleted format the skills & qualifications that are not essential, but would make an applicant more eligible for the position being offered.
6. WORK ENVIRONMENT
Describe the environment in which the applicant would be spending most of their time. In this description, include information about:
- Company culture
- Pace of work
- Amount of collaborative vs. independent activity
- Who the employee will report to (or vice versa)
Below is our animal trainer job description. You can post it as-is to an online job board like ZipRecruiter, or download and customize it to match the unique aspects of your business. Keep in mind that adding a custom company overview and description of the work environment (outlined above) will help you draw in the right applicants.
Animal Trainer Job Description
Our animal trainer will acclimate animals to the culture of training. They’ll teach them how to perform certain actions upon command and ensure the safety of all animals and people on site. We need our animal trainer to be intuitive to the animal’s needs and attitudes. They should know when to stop and start based on the animal’s temperament and how to reward the animals so they continue to act in the proper manner. Finally, the animal trainer needs to build trust with all of our animals to avoid accidents and to promote safety.
- Training animals according to specific objectives
- Building trust with animals and rewarding them as needed
- Testing out a variety of methods for better results
- Learning new animal training philosophy and applying as needed
- Working with owners to ensure that they understand training methodology
- Teaching owners how they can reinforce the behavior at home
- Preparing paperwork for clients and documenting training program
- Observing animals for illness or temperament to ensure their safety
- Feeding, exercising, and giving animals medication according to schedule
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- At least 1 year of experience as an animal trainer
- Strong intuition for animals’ moods and behavior
- Experience giving a variety of verbal and hand commands
- Excellent problem-solving skills
- Calm demeanor
- Clear verbal and written communication
- Highly organized with the ability to adhere to a strict schedule
- An understanding of animal regulations and safety laws
- High school diploma (or equivalent)
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Animal trainer certification
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field
ENSURE LEGAL COMPLIANCE
Hiring employees can be an intimidating and time-consuming process, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve created a hiring compliance checklist to help you get over the legal hurdles with ease. From obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to confirming work eligibility, our guide covers everything you need to know.
SET UP PAYROLL
Even if your business only has a few employees, setting up a payroll service can save you time for running your business and also ensure that your company is compliant with important federal requirements, such as employee withholding.
We recommend Gusto, a user-friendly payroll platform for small businesses. Try out their services and get one month free.
ACQUIRE WORKERS' COMP INSURANCE
Workers’ compensation insurance provides financial and legal protection for your business and its employees.
Whether or not you need workers’ comp insurance for your company depends on the nature of the job, the employer-employee relationship, and the unique regulations of your state.