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 investigative reporter 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.
Investigative Reporter Job Description
Our investigative reporter will find the in-depth stories our readers want to know. They’ll evaluate the priorities of our target demographic before finding newsworthy statistics and occurrences to report. We need our investigative reporter to understand their subject matter from the inside out. They need to be accurate in the facts reported, but they also need to have the writing skills to keep people engaged in the pieces all the way to the end. We look to our investigative reporter to deliver new insights and draw relevant conclusions that will help our readers better understand the topic.
- Collect data from a variety of credible sources
- Interview professionals and compile their responses
- Write and edit drafts before uploading the final version
- Collaborate with fellow writers and editors to ensure cohesive content
- Build relationships with relevant contacts for future reference
- Attend special events, conferences, and last-minute press briefings
- Research industry trends and predict future happenings
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- At least one year of experience as a journalist
- Inquisitive and analytical personality
- Strong people skills
- Flexible schedule
- Willing to go the extra mile for a story
- Excellent writing skills
- Clear verbal communication skills
- Subject matter expertise
- Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, or relevant field
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Master’s degree in a related field
- Relevant awards in investigative journalism or writing
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.