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 sommelier 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.
Sommelier Job Description
Our restaurant’s sommelier helps us obtain fine wines from the region and around the world, and they encourage patrons to discover the many great wines we offer. Sommeliers are responsible for assisting with wine and food pairings for the menu, overseeing the serving of wine to patrons, and sourcing wines from vineyards. As a restaurant that’s known for its local focus, we’re looking for a sommelier who has extensive connections with vineyards in the region.
- Maintaining an updated list of wines that complement our food selections
- Collaborating with chefs and the food and beverage manager when making selections
- Creating food and wine pairings for each of our seasonal menus
- Recommending wines to patrons based on price, personal taste, and food selection
- Overseeing the serving and storage of wine and training the waitstaff on the wine selection
- Making sure wines are served in the correct glassware and at the proper temperature
- Networking with area vineyards to find unique selections and get fair prices
- Negotiating purchase prices with vendors
- Holding one wine-tasting event each month
- Making sure all guests served wine are of proper age
- Following all safety and health regulations
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- 2+ years of experience as a sommelier or wine steward(ess)
- Detailed knowledge of wines in general and especially of area wines and vineyards
- Familiarity with vineyards’ winemaking processes
- Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills
- Open availability, including during business hours, evenings, weekends, and holidays
- Willingness to travel regionally to meet wine producers and distributors
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- 4+ years of experience as a sommelier or wine steward(ess)
- Experience within the winemaking industry
- Certification as a sommelier
- Bachelor’s degree in hospitality or a related field
- Bilingual in English and French, Italian, or 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.