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 contractor 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.
Contractor Job Description
Our Contractors are in charge of organizing our projects from beginning to end. They’ll recruit and hire staff, obtain any permits required for the job, and ensure all work is in full compliance with local, state, and federal building regulations. They should be comfortable in a leadership role as they’ll need to direct staff and coordinate a number of moving parts on the job. From buying materials to scheduling inspection, Contractors assume responsibility for the quality and legal structure of each project.
- Recruit, train, and manage all employees
- Schedule all work according to building timeline
- Estimate the budget and timeline of all work
- Provide all the necessary building materials
- Collaborate with the client to ensure expectations are met at every stage
- Negotiate contracts with third-party vendors
- Schedule any necessary inspections
- Adjust plans to ensure all building codes are met
- Obtain necessary permits to complete each project
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Minimum of five years of experience in construction
- Experience reading and following blueprints
- Thorough understanding of local, state, and federal regulations
- Ability to draft budgets and formal work schedules
- Strong leadership capabilities
- Excellent time-management skills
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Trade school education in a construction-related discipline
- Experience working on commercial and private buildings
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.