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)
Bicycle Salesperson Job Description
Below is our bicycle salesperson 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.
Bicycle Salesperson Job Description
Our bicycle salespeople are tasked with matching people with the perfect bike for them. Whether a person is interested in mountain bikes, cruisers, or a hybrid, our salespeople have to be ready to ask the right questions to drive to the heart of what the customer really wants. We don’t want our customers to feel pressured, but rather empowered to make a smart choice for them. Our salespeople are also expected to be up-to-speed on new bicycle technology so they can better assist the customer in upgrading their current models.
- Greeting customers and providing customer service
- Asking questions to determine the type of bike a customer needs
- Answering questions regarding available inventory
- Learning details of all merchandise
- Researching new bike technology to better handle customer requests
- Ringing up sales
- Working with vendors to discover new opportunities for the store
- Performing general store maintenance and cleaning
- Arranging ‘test drives’ for customers before they buy
- Building relationships to ensure future business
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- At least 1 year of sales experience
- Excellent people skills
- Ability to test a variety of bikes to form personal opinions
- Passion about new bike technology
- Ability to lift heavy inventory
- High school diploma or equivalent
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Prior experience in bike sales
- Knowledge of general bike repair and maintenance
- Trade school certification with a specialty in bicycle building or repair
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.