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 home stager 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.
Home Stager Job Description
Our successful and respected real estate office is looking for a Home Stager to assist in staging newly listed homes for showings. As the premier real estate office in the area, we not only work with buyers and sellers. We also have a long-standing partnership with some of the city’s biggest home developers. We are looking for someone to utilize their creative skills and eye for space to showcase all that each home or office space has to offer. Overall, your professional demeanor and attention to detail will define your success. If you believe you have what it takes, we would love to hear from you.
- Meet with clients, visit staging space, and Assess client needs; visit staging space to determine how best to meet their needs; determine budget
- Assist clients in decluttering their space, advise owners as to what household items should be removed for storage or rearranged, remove personal mementos; rearrange furniture
- Commission contracted work for painting, carpentry, landscaping, and other home-service needs
- Coordinate real estate photographer appointments once staging is complete
- Educate clients regarding ongoing staging needs so home is ready for showings
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- High School diploma
- Strong portfolio of decorating or staging work
- Creativity and an eye for design
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interpret the individual needs of each client
- Photography skills
- Aptitude for critical thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Certified Staging Professionals home staging certification
- Willingness to travel
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.