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 reporter 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.
Reporter Job Description
Our publication’s reporters accurately relay newsworthy stories in a timely fashion. Reporters both follow given leads and seek out their own scoops, always focusing on the stories that matter most to our readers. We specialize in local events taking place in the immediate community and the surrounding area.
- Find and research newsworthy and captivating stories
- Investigate story ideas and tips from members of the community
- Accept prescribed assignments from the publication’s editors
- Obtain and verify facts pertaining to stories
- Compose well-written short- and long-form pieces from gathered data and research
- Work on location to provide firsthand accounts of stories
- Network with new and existing contacts to find sources
- Maintain accurate and detailed records of research and interviews
- Manage multiple assignments simultaneously and meet deadlines
- Turn stories around on short notice when necessary
- Adhere to the profession’s ethical code at all times
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English or a related field
- Minimum of one year of experience as a journalist or reporter
- Portfolio of bylined published stories
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Strong interpersonal and networking skills
- Ability to manage several projects while meeting deadlines
- Ability to work both on a team and independently
- Experience with common office software and digital editing software
- Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
- Willingness to work long hours when stories require quick turnarounds
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Minimum of three years of experience as a journalist or reporter
- Experience with both digital and print publications
- Experience with television and/or radio
- An established local network of sources
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.