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)
Fashion Director Job Description
Below is our fashion director 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.
Fashion Director Job Description
Our fashion director will devise the overall fashion strategy for our company. They must have a passion for the current trends of the day and find ways to merge different styles together to create a bold vision. We look to our fashion director to propel our company into the future. We need them to give direction and expectations to a variety of departments so they can shape and mold our brand. We expect our fashion director to be versatile and willing to tackle a number of tasks. We may ask them to step in on a variety of activities—from hiring models to negotiating with suppliers.
- Develop and oversee new concepts, strategies, and plans
- Work with Marketing and Sales to ensure consistent and effective messaging
- Assist with photo shoots, book staff, and provide direction for photographers
- Hire suitable models who can best showcase our brand
- Research new trends in fashion design and implement them, when needed
- Assess and evaluate new product lines, materials, and suppliers
- Resolve high-level disputes or arguments among clients, employees, and third-party partners
- Attend fashion conferences, seminars, and lectures
- Network with clients, photographers, and designers
- Provide fashion advice and recommendations to clients
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- At least five years in the fashion industry
- Creative, driven, and intuitive
- Comfortable wearing a number of hats throughout the day
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills
- Familiarity with project management principles
- Ability to travel
- High school diploma (or equivalent)
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree or technical training in fashion
- An existing network of photographers, models, and designers
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. 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.