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 nail technician 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.
Nail Technician Job Description
As a nail technician in our busy salon, you will be expected to communicate with customers and identify their nail care needs. Nail care treatments include manicures, pedicures, applying gel and acrylic nails, and painting designs. The ideal candidate is creative and up-to-date with nail art techniques and dedicated to delivering consistent, stellar customer service.
- Collaborating with clients regarding their style preferences; recommending colors and designs
- Cutting, cleaning, and shaping nails; applying acrylic and gel nails
- Giving hand and foot massages
- Offering nail care treatment advice
- Painting fingernails and toenails; painting intricate designs when requested
- Communicating with customers throughout the appointment
- Educating clients regarding additional salon services; up-selling treatments and products
- Sterilizing equipment
- Helping staff keep the salon clean and fully stocked
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- High school education or equivalent
- Certification in Cosmetology or Nail Art
- Proven work experience as a Nail Technician or in a related field
- Knowledge of nail techniques
- Artistic, with the ability to provide advanced airbrushing and painting designs
- Knowledge of cosmetology trends
- Understanding of sterilization and sanitation standards
- Strong time management skills and ability to manage own schedule
- Customer service experience
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Flexible schedule; ability to work nights and weekends
- Ability to sit for long periods of time
- Reliable transportation
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.