WHAT TO INCLUDE IN A JOB DESCRIPTION
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)
Back-end Developer Job Description
Below is our back-end developer 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.
Back-End Developer Job Description
Our back-end developer is in charge of keeping our back-end functionality as secured and efficient as possible. It’s their job to monitor and fix any potential network vulnerabilities and to keep our data as protected. They’ll be expected to write the web application logic for each project before implementing their work into the larger systems. All web services and plugins need to be accessible to our front-end developers to ensure everyone can finish their assigned tasks.
- Assume responsibility for back-end application lifecycle
- Work with front-end developers to clarify expectations
- Define technical and design requirements
- Write web application logic and reusable code to meet project parameters
- Implement security and data protection
- Troubleshoot applications and fix vulnerabilities
- Conduct UI tests and adjust to increase efficiency
- Research new back-end technology
- Comply with best practice changes
- Participate in educational programs and conferences
- Confer with supervisor to create a better network architecture
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field
- Minimum of one year of experience as a back-end developer
- Basic understanding of front-end technologies and platforms
- Good understanding of server-side CSS preprocessors, such as LESS and SASS
- Proficient in back-end programing language
- Familiar with major programming languages and database tools
- Comprehensive understanding of different delivery platforms (e.g. mobile vs. desktop) and how to optimize output accordingly
- Strong sample code
- Outstanding web development skills
- Strong technical and problem-solving skills
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Minimum of three years of coding experience
- Flexible schedule
Create a free account with ZipRecruiter to post this job description to their online job board.
3 STEPS TO TAKE WHEN HIRING EMPLOYEES
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.
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.
Find out how much the right insurance will cost you.