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 dermatologist 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.
Dermatologist Job Description
Our dermatologist assists clients with any skin issues they may have and prescribes medication or treatment plans based on their conditions. They must understand a wide range of common skin disorders and how they present in order to accurately diagnose the patient. Our dermatologist needs to have an excellent bedside manner, be able to explain to patients why their body is reacting in a certain way and tell them how they can adjust their lifestyle to fix the problem. They should be able to use a variety of diagnostic tools (biopsies, allergy tests, etc.) and equipment to accurately identify any abnormalities.
- Evaluating and treating skin disorders
- Analyzing patient history and assessing individual risk levels for certain conditions
- Employing diagnostic technology and tactics to identify conditions
- Developing, explaining, and enforcing specific patient recovery plans
- Referring patients to other specialists as necessary
- Administering or prescribing medication
- Compiling and maintaining accurate patient notes and records
- Conducting long-term recovery treatments (chemotherapy, etc.)
- Participating in professional conferences and opportunities
- Writing and submitting appropriate cases for publication
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- At least 1 year of experience as a licensed dermatologist
- Experience using common diagnostic equipment
- Excellent listening skills and bedside manner
- Familiarity with common prescriptions, treatments, and theories
- Passion for updates in dermatology
- Current state licensure
- MD or DO
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Published author in major medical journals
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.
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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.