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 headhunter 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.
Headhunter Job Description
Do you enjoy meeting and talking to people? Our dynamic organization is searching for an equally dynamic person for the role of Headhunter. You will be working with our HR department to identify and recruit qualified candidates for various roles within our company. You’ll develop organizational standards, in conjunction with HR, for the purpose of qualifying the candidates, as well as marketing and promoting the organizational needs of the company. As a Headhunter, you should also be prepared to travel and understand the necessity of a social media presence in connecting with today’s modern workforce.
- Monitor resume websites and connect with potential employees across multiple digital platforms
- Maintain a social media presence for the purpose of recruiting and advertising for the company
- Create job advertisements and distribute to relative websites and organizations
- Work with HR and hiring managers to define workplace needs
- Contact potential employees, following successful interviews
- Maintain a database of work resumes and work histories
- Manage workplace turnover and employee satisfaction data
- Create multiple lines of communication with various company entities
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Experience working in HR departments, managerial positions, or other headhunter positions
- Excellent interpersonal and communicative skills
- Detail-oriented and able to maintain impeccable employee records
- Strong computer skills and a developed internet/social media profile
- Comfortable talking to crowds/medium to large audiences, as well as conducting one-on-one interviews and conversations
- Solid time management and work scheduling abilities
- Able to work a flexible schedule, including travel, nights, and weekends
- Associate’s degree from accredited college/university
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s in Communications, Business Management or other related fields
- Prior experience in an HR department or headhunter position
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.