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 occupational therapist 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.
Occupational Therapist Job Description
Our offices are currently searching for a highly qualified and certified occupational therapist to start meeting and treating some of our patients. Once a patient has been treated for an injury or mental illness, they may need the assistance of an occupational therapist to help them regain some regular functions for day-to-day life. You must have a degree in occupational therapy from an accredited college or university, as well as be certified by the AOTA. If you meet these requirements, we’d love to meet you and see how you might fit in with our professional organization.
- Assessing, monitoring, and treating patients of various states of recovery
- Planning and monitoring treatment regiments
- Creating patient files and regularly adding notes on behaviors, recovery times, and overall assessments of progression
- Organizing and outfitting recovery rooms and treatment facilities
- Collaborating and conferring with other therapists, doctors, and family members to create best practices for recovery and improvements life
- Continually reading and educating for the purpose of understanding emerging methods of treatment and recovery
- Helping to normalize activities to encourage patient participation
- Regularly acting as a motivator
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Strong observational abilities
- Positive and upbeat attitude while still maintaining realistic goals
- Professional demeanor and attitude towards patient health
- Licensed therapy certificate (state and national)
- Degree in occupational therapy
- Ability to travel for conferences and seminars regularly
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Previous experience in occupational therapy
- Proven track record of patient success
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.