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 technical educator 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.
Technical Educator Job Description
Our growing nursing school has an immediate technical educator position to fill. As an educator at our facility, you will be responsible for developing and delivering the curriculum for students in their first year of nursing school. The ideal candidate has earned a nursing degree and has experience in a leadership and/or educator role. If you possess such experience and are passionate about sharing your knowledge with aspiring nurses, we would love to meet with you.
- Develop curriculum and deliver lectures
- Create visual aids and printed materials
- Demonstrate procedures and offer hands-on instruction
- Observe students in the laboratory and answer questions
- Administer practical and written assessments to evaluate student performance
- Ensure the classroom is clean and orderly for the next class
- Complete and submit all required documentation at the end of each semester
- Provide students with constructive feedback
- Continuously work to revise and update course material to ensure active student engagement
Necessary Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- Minimum of two years of instructional experience in a learning environment or group training setting
- Ability to command an audience and deliver lessons in an engaging manner
- Excellent listening and observation skills
- Knowledge of adult learning theory and process improvement principles
- Ability to remain on-course and manage time appropriately
- Ability to work with students of varying backgrounds and abilities
- Ability to effectively and respectfully represent our institution
Preferred Skills & Qualifications:
- Proficient in Microsoft OfficeSuite applications
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.
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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.