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 animator 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.
Animator Job Description
Our company’s Animators bring the characters in our video games to life. Animators create both 2D and 3D visuals for video games and work on promotional videos for our marketing department. As a video game company that specializes in narrative games, we prefer Animators who have experience working on storyline-driven projects.
- Develop storyboards based on game scripts and requirements
- Sketch raw designs to accompany storyboards
- Revise sketches as necessary to better suit a game
- Create digital drawings and illustrations from approved sketches
- Create special effects, landscapes, and backgrounds for games
- Synch visual frames with the provided audio
- Use finalized animations to make promotional videos
- Collaborate with other animators, editors, and game developers on projects
- Help brainstorm ideas for current and new projects
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Associate degree in computer animation, graphic arts, or a related field
- Minimum of one year of experience as an animator
- Strong portfolio of past work
- In-depth knowledge of the Adobe Suite, Maya, and 3ds Max
- In-depth knowledge of stop-motion, computer-generated, and 2D and 3D animation
- Creative talent and aptitude for visual art
- Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
- Willingness to be a team player and collaborate with others
- Willingness to work overtime when necessary to meet deadlines
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in computer animation, graphic arts, or a related field
- Minimum of three years of experience as an animator
- Experience with game development and/or heavily narrative projects
- Experience with project management
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.
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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.