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 first mate 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.
First Mate Job Description
Our first mate is the second-in-command on our ship, answering only to the captain and taking lead in the event of an emergency. The first mate is tasked with leading the deck department of our ship, ensuring that all cargo is being handled correctly and the deck crew knows how to do their jobs. They’ll need to know the exterior of the ship inside and out and take responsibility for repairing and maintaining equipment. And while their day-to-day responsibilities may center on the exterior of the ship, our first mate also needs to understand the overall safety regulations and navigation principles of each outing. We need our first mate to stay level-headed and calm at all times so they can seamlessly transition from one role to the next while onboard.
- Working with the captain to make and enforce orders
- Overseeing all loading and unloading of cargo
- Training and managing the deck crew according to the protocol
- Looking out for the safety and welfare of all onboard
- Assisting with emergencies as needed
- Assuming the captain’s role if necessary
- Maintaining deck log
- Managing submersibles
- Inspecting, cleaning, and maintaining equipment
- Conducting safety drills
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- At least 3 years of experience on a qualifying vessel
- Official second mate endorsements
- Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) certificate
- Excellent leadership skills
- Successful completion of Deck Exam
- High school diploma or equivalent
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in marine science
- At least 5 years of experience as a First Mate
- Documented success in emergency situations
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.