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 senior consultant 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.
Senior Consultant Job Description
Our senior consultants are tasked with helping clients optimize their resources and are primarily responsible for client retention. Our clients are interested in concrete suggestions they can use to reach their goals, and our senior consultants will develop strategies, solve short- and long-term problems, and reframe issues so the problem areas become clear. They should be able to implement solutions that can be adjusted and scaled to meet future goals and expectations. We look to our senior consultant to keep track of their efforts and prepare documentation that will support their recommendations.
- Advising clients of best practices
- Analyzing work processes and suggesting improvements
- Participating and directing activity during audits
- Assessing project risk and communicating potential delays
- Creating charts and graphs that will further illustrate recommendations
- Interfacing with potential clients
- Performing financial breakdowns of client costs
- Informing clients of new regulatory changes that affect their industry
- Assembling financial forecasts for clients
- Contributing to the development of new products and services based on client feedback
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- At least 3 years of experience in a consultant or lead sales role
- Excellent customer service and leadership skills
- Financially savvy with the ability to maximize limited resources for clients
- Strong understanding of regulatory laws
- Ability to explain high-level concepts to clients
- Strong understanding of financial and graphics software
- Strong cultural awareness, ability to adapt speaking style and mannerisms for different clients
- Bachelor’s degree in a business-related field
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- At least 1 year of experience in a senior consultant role
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.