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 graduate assistant 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.
Graduate Assistant Job Description
Our department’s graduate assistants help faculty members with their teaching and researching duties. Depending on a faculty member’s needs, assistants may teach undergraduate classes, oversee research projects, or do a combination of the two. Graduate assistants may work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and more over the summer.
- Teaching assigned courses, including lecturing, facilitating discussions, assigning work, and grading assignments
- Providing undergraduate students with additional aid as necessary for their success
- Working with faculty members to develop potential course ideas that are relevant to the department
- Facilitating assigned research projects, executing experiments, and reporting data accurately
- Supervising undergraduate students who are also working on an assigned research project
- Working with faculty members to develop additional research projects based on past projects’ results and findings
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in a field related to the department’s work
- Pursuing an advanced degree in the department
- Good academic standing with the university
- Status as a full-time student for the duration of the assistantship
- Willingness to collaborate closely with faculty members and other graduate students
- A desire to help undergraduate students and/or pursue research opportunities
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- 2+ semesters of experience as a tutor or teaching assistant
- 2+ semesters of experience working on research projects
- Published article based on a research project
- Personal interest in a teaching or research career
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.