WHAT TO INCLUDE IN A JOB DESCRIPTION
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)
Hospice Counselor Job Description
Below is our hospice counselor 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.
Hospice Counselor Job Description
Our hospice organization is looking to add a hospice counselor to our growing team. The ideal candidate is compassionate, dedicated to guiding terminally ill patients and their families through this difficult time. Often, listening will be your primary role. Answering questions, helping patients and loved ones cope with unresolved issues, and allowing them to discuss their fear of dying are all part of this difficult process. Our team places patient and family needs above all else, ensuring that they are able to pass with dignity and grace.
- Working with hospice staff members to ensure that patients receive medical, emotional, and spiritual support
- Offering support to family members both before and after a patient has passed; directing them towards community services
- Spending time with family and patients, listening to their needs, and answering questions
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Nursing degree from accredited institution
- Certification from the National Board for the Certification of Hospice Nurses
- 2+ years experience as a Hospice Counselor or in a related field
- Current CPR certification and continuing education
- Ability to pass background check
- Ability to balance emotions, offering patients compassion, strength, and information
- Good listening and communication skills, both verbal and written
- Ability to multitask, balancing multiple patients at any given time
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Master’s degree
- Flexible schedule to accommodate the needs of your patients
3 STEPS TO TAKE WHEN HIRING EMPLOYEES
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.