WHAT TO INCLUDE IN A JOB DESCRIPTION
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)
Security Officer Job Description
Below is our security officer 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.
Security Officer Job Description
Our organization is looking for a highly-qualified and dedicated individual for the position of Security Officer. Candidates must be physically fit and possess great attention to detail. Our security officers must also be available to work long hours and both day and night shifts. Prior training in security or law enforcement is a bonus. Ideal candidates should also have experience working directly with managerial teams to ensure compliance with company protocols.
- Monitor CCTV and patrol company buildings, properties, and perimeters
- Regulate all employees and visitors entering the building according to company policy
- Maintain a diligent and keen eye for out of place individuals and/or vehicles
- Regularly communicate anomalies or suspicious actions on or near company premises
- Develop a keen eye for all company property and maintain a checklist of areas to patrol
- Address safety concerns with managerial teams
- Regularly develop safety protocols for both work hours and after hours
- Investigate alarms and/or security breaches
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Clean criminal background check
- Great attention to detail
- Physically able to patrol on foot
- Computer literate and able to operate security hardware and software
- Able to work alternating hours and shifts
- Valid driver’s license
- Strong sense of loyalty
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- State Security Guard Certification
- Current state concealed carry permit
3 STEPS TO TAKE WHEN HIRING EMPLOYEES
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.