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 line cook 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.
Line Cook Job Description
We are seeking a professional Line Cook who is able to work with the Head Chef in preparing restaurant menu items. The ideal candidate should be able to follow specific instructions and assist the Head Chef in ensuring that each customer has a positive food experience. Candidates should possess professional kitchen experience and an understanding of the duties of each line station. A successful Line Cook will be a key player in ensuring that customer satisfaction and organizational goals are met.
- Maintaining sufficient levels of food and supplies at each station
- Prepping and portioning food prior to service (e.g. butchering meat, preparing sauces, and chopping vegetables)
- Cooking all menu items, following guidelines set by the Head Chef
- Sending out quality dishes in a timely fashion and properly presented
- Maintaining a sanitary and clean station in compliance with all safety standards and nutrition and sanitation regulations
- Storing leftover food based on industry standards
- Maintaining professional and positive relationships with customers and colleagues
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Minimum of 1 year of previous experience as a line cook
- Understanding of kitchen equipment, cooking methods, and ingredients
- Team player, committed to consistently delivering a quality product
- Ability to stand for long periods of time and lift 50 lbs
- Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment
- Flexible schedule
- Reliable transportation
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Food safety certification
- Experience in full-service restaurant
- Formal culinary arts training
- Availability for up to 40 hours per week
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.