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 captain 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.
Captain Job Description
Our Captain is tasked with keeping up with a variety of activity on the water. We look to our captain in emergency situations, so they need to exceptionally quick decision-makers to ensure the safety of everyone onboard. They’ll need to oversee the staff and passengers while monitoring everything from weather conditions to the state of the equipment. The captain will determine the best route, adjusting as necessary to limit risk. Our captain is expected to know all of the devices onboard, and they should be able to perform general repairs to ensure that our ship is fully functional. Finally, they’ll also need to know and thoroughly understand how current maritime laws should be implemented in real-life situations.
- Hiring, training, and managing shipboard staff
- Making high-level decisions regarding all onboard operations
- Inspecting, maintaining, and repairing ship equipment as needed
- Directing staff and passengers in times of emergency
- Mapping out routes and making contingency plans for unexpected circumstances
- Negotiating with officials and authorities as necessary
- Ensuring the welfare of all onboard
- Adhering to budget
- Communicating and collaborating with shipboard leaders
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- At least 5 years of experience in a shipboard leadership role
- In-depth knowledge of maritime law
- Documented experience with search and rescue missions
- Exceptional problem-solving abilities
- First aid and CPR background
- Captain’s license through federal maritime authority
- Bachelor’s degree in marine science
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Masters degree in marine science
- Formal leadership awards or recognition
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.