Writing your job description will help you to build an idea of your perfect candidate, forcing you to think about the exact skills and qualifications you really want. This is great when it comes to the interview stage, as you’ll already have a really clear idea of the kind of person you want for your team. But an effective job description is important for candidates too. It helps to weed out inappropriate applicants- or those who aren’t really interested in the role- as they are able to see what they would be doing on a day-by-day basis.
You can also use the job description as a check list when going through their CVs, or even in interviews.
Making your descriptions effective
Begin by ensuring you’re very clear on the timeline. What deadlines have been put in place?
Next, outline all the responsibilities included in the job, and expectations you have of the person. Is there any chance the role will change? Make sure you’re unambiguous about possible change or growth so your new recruit won’t feel they’ve been misled if things change later on.
It’s important to think through ‘required’ qualifications thoroughly. Are they really essential? Or are they just ‘desirable’?
Make sure you include:
The job title and department – as well as details of who they will be reporting to and managed by
The salary, benefits and location of the job
Main duties and day-to-day structure of the job. Here you could also outline any specific projects or tasks they are likely to be working on
What qualifications and skills are essential or desirable?
Whether they need any specific knowledge of software or equipment, for example Photoshop, any CRM systems or social media
Don’t include any inappropriate requirements that might discriminate against certain ages, genders, ethnicities or backgrounds. For example, try to avoid sentences like ‘Must have ‘5′ years’ experience’.
Still stuck? Your CharityJob account manager will be delighted to offer you more tips and advice, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.