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 geologist 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.
Geologist Job Description
XYZ Oil Inc. is an international oil company, proudly serving customers in over fifty countries. We are currently looking for a Geologist to fill a position in our X field office. As our Geologist, you will use your expertise in geology, physics, and mathematics to discover new locations of fuel (natural gas and oil) in sediments and/or reservoirs. You will conduct field studies to collect and analyze data, turning that data into useful reports for upper management. Your ultimate goal will be to accurately estimate fuel amounts and develop drilling strategies for safe and profitable fuel extraction. Collaboration with various teams will be critical, during the planning and implementation stages of the extraction process. If you possess the knowledge and experience necessary to lead the company towards reaching our short and long-term goals, we would love to learn more about what you have to offer.
- Collect and study rock cuttings from oil and gas wells; determine what rock formations are being drilled into; identify the safest and most profitable way to proceed with future drilling
- Gather data and generate reports based on findings
- Maintain accurate logs of completed drilling; share information with the operations geologist; offer geological advice to relevant management teams
- Analyze the risk assessment of geological hazards and factors and share your assessment
- Determine the integrity of the various components of the earth on company land; analyze samples
- Explain changes in geologic formations using your expertise in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology
- Collect and study fossil, mineral, and rock remains on site to identify the sequence of processes that have and are affecting the development of Earth; determine age of collected samples
- Locate underground water resources and deposits (e.g. petroleum, mineral, and geothermal)
- Study land for engineering of buildings, dams, and tunnels
- Draft geologic reports and maps
- Conduct environmental studies and draft reports to share with relevant parties
- Utilize your findings to assist in the design, planning, and construction of engineering projects; ensure projects operate safely and efficiently
- Collaborate with other departments to define and implement drilling strategies for fuel extraction
- Draft and share post-project reports
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in Earth Science, Geology, Geophysics, Geosciences or related field
- 4+ years proven experience as a Geologist, preferably in the oil industry
- Extensive knowledge of sciences and their applications, particularly related to the oil/fuel industry
- Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists
- Strong organizational skills with attention to detail
- Adept at analyzing numerical and graphical data
- Ability to communicate with a dynamic audience, both verbal and written
- Extensive knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) and the global positioning system (GPS)
- Ability to work as a team and on individual, self-directed projects
- Dedicated to continued professional development and a deeper knowledge of the Earth
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Postgraduate degree in Petroleum Geoscience
- Certification for Petroleum Geology
- Individuals with chartered geologist status with the Geological Society will be considered first
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.