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 CPA 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.
CPA Job Description
Our firm’s certified public accountants (CPAs) perform a variety of financial services for clients, including accounting, tax preparation, and auditing. CPAs oversee a team of accountants that help them with the many services clients request. Because we’re a comprehensive accounting firm, our CPAs have backgrounds in many different tax and accounting fields.
- Overseeing a staff of three to six team members
- Assisting clients with tax planning and answering their tax-related questions
- Preparing clients’ tax returns and other related documents
- Representing clients during state, IRS, and other audits
- Researching and resolving accounting and tax issues for clients
- Reviewing tax forms completed by team members
- Developing relationships with existing and new clients
- Updating and organizing financial records for clients
- Performing regular audits to make sure clients’ records are accurate
- Helping clients with budgeting, revenue forecasting, and other financial matters
- Respecting client confidentiality at all times
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in accounting
- CPA certification
- 5+ years of experience as a public accountant
- Detailed familiarity with QuickBooks
- Detailed familiarity with federal, state, and local tax laws
- Strong organizational skills and an ability to meet deadlines
- Team-oriented work ethic
- Commitment to providing a high level of customer service
- Willingness to work overtime during tax season
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- 7+ years of experience as a public accountant
- Extensive experience preparing different types of tax returns
- Experience providing other financial services to clients
- Bilingual in Spanish and English
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.