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 recording studio director 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.
Recording Studio Director Job Description
Our studio is currently accepting inquiries and resumes for the studio director position. We are looking for a self-motivated and detail-oriented individual to keep our team of technicians and employees, as well as our studio space, operating at a professional level. The studio’s continued success will depend on the studio director's leadership, so we look to hire an individual with a vision for the future, both technologically and regarding studio personnel.
- Maintaining the studio’s overall appearance, client appeal, and functionality for daily use
- Scheduling and coordinating studio reservations
- Hiring, firing, and organizing studio personnel
- Contacting, instructing, and invoicing vendors, technicians, and additional studio-related personnel or services
- Scheduling regular maintenance, repairs, replacements, and upgrades of studio equipment
- Overseeing marketing and advertising of the studio
- Preparing and distributing financial reports outlining spending and goals for future/continued success
- Being the face and ambassador of the studio
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to identify and address problems and create solutions
- Thorough knowledge of the music industry, recording equipment and processes, and business acumen
- Strong interpersonal skills and comfortable talking one-on-one or in audience scenarios
- Tech savvy and web literate
- BA/BS in Communications, Business, or a high school diploma coupled with extensive experience in and around recording studios as well as managerial experience
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Recording studio experience, both managerial and technical
- Ability to travel regularly for work
- Prior music industry experience
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.
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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.