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 babysitter 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.
Babysitter Job Description
Our babysitters provide engaging and safe care for children throughout the community. Working in home settings lets babysitters connect with children in an environment where they’re comfortable. Much more than a mere children-watching service, we strive to help kids make the most of each and every day that they’re with one of our babysitters.
- Supervising children
- Ensuring child safety
- Taking children home, to appointments, and to activities as necessary
- Preparing meals and snacks for children using provided foods and drinks
- Overseeing schoolwork and other required practice (sports, playing an instrument, etc.)
- Assisting with school and other projects when help is needed
- Engaging children in age-appropriate activities (games, pretend play, reading together, etc.)
- Answering phone calls and taking messages for the family
- Providing parents with a report of activities when they return home
- Immediately alerting parents to any pressing issues or incidents
- Responding to emergencies appropriately (calling authorities, administering CPR, etc.)
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- 18 years of age or older
- 3+ years of experience babysitting
- 3+ positive references
- CPR and first aid certified
- Clean driving record
- Reliable transportation
- A desire to connect with children
- Good communication skills
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- 5+ years of babysitting experience
- Experience watching children of different ages
- Red Cross Babysitting & Child Care Certification or equivalent
- Evening and weekend availability
- High school diploma or equivalent
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.