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 tax accountant 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.
Tax Accountant Job Description
Our company is looking for a well-trained and organized individual for a tax accountant position. The ideal candidate should be well-versed in state and federal tax law and policy. They should also possess excellent mathematical skills and exhibit great attention to detail. As you will be managing the tax payment and account systems, you should also be organized and efficient and ready to work long hours, especially as April tax deadlines approach. 3+ years of prior experience is recommended, yet not always necessary, for hiring consideration.
- Properly assessing and preparing tax payments
- Correctly estimating tax returns and communicating estimates to management
- Overseeing regular auditing and financial checks and balances
- Creating company policies for tax accounting purposes
- Preparing all necessary paperwork for tax incidentals
- Communicating regularly with the accounting department to stay aware of quarterly figures
- Remaining aware of industry trends for proper tax preparations and company auditing procedures
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Excellent mathematical and organizational skills
- Prior experience in tax preparation positions
- Strong attention to detail and the ability to work independently or with other individuals or departments
- Analytical and driven to maintain copious notes and records
- BS degree in business finance, tax law, accounting, or another related field
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Prior experience as a tax auditor or in a financial management position
- Ability to work nights and weekends
- Ability to travel for work training or tax seminars
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.