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 paramedic 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.
Paramedic Job Description
Our ambulance service’s paramedics provide high-quality medical care to whoever calls for help. Paramedics regularly provide on-scene emergency care, transportation to hospitals, and transfers between medical facilities.
- Responding to radio calls from emergency dispatchers
- Driving the ambulance to scenes or between facilities when necessary
- Properly using equipment on board the ambulance when caring for patients
- Examining patients on-scene and providing a preliminary diagnosis
- Providing appropriate emergency treatments on scene
- Providing both simple and advanced medical care in the field (first aid, CPR, epinephrine, etc.)
- Stabilizing patients and transporting them to the hospital
- Monitoring patient’s’ condition and continuing treating as necessary en route to the hospital
- Coordinating care with fellow emergency responders
- Collaborating with other interested parties (family members, firefighters, police, doctors, etc.)
- Writing up accurate and detailed reports in a timely fashion
- Following all prescribed protocols and company policies
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- 1+ years of experience as a paramedic working on an ambulance
- Current paramedic license
- Current BLS-CPR and ACLS certifications
- General familiarity with medical terminology, treatments, and procedures
- Ability to remain focused and calm during stressful and chaotic situations
- Patient-focused desire to help people recover from illnesses and injuries
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to pass a drug screening
- Valid driver’s license
- High school diploma or GED
- Open availability including most nights and weekends
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- 2+ years of experience as a paramedic
- 3+ years of experience working on an ambulance in any capacity
- Basic knowledge of local roads and communities
- Bilingual in English and Spanish
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.