How To Write Effective Job Descriptions

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    President and CEO of Job.com Brian Alden discusses how to write effective job descriptions to find the best talent.

    Brian Alden: If you are trying to hire new employees for your organizations, it's crucial that you put your best foot forward by writing an engaging and informative job description.

    In most cases, a job description also known as a job ad or a job posting is the first interaction a potential employee will have with your company. You need to make sure that you describe the position in a way that gets a potential new employee excited about working for your company.

    When writing the posting, ask yourself why would someone want to work here? Logistically, a job description must include the title of the position and the department name, including the position to which the new hire reports.

    Avoid odd titles that make only sense internally and make refuse applicants. The first paragraph should be a summary overview that provides information about the company and what the position entails. Beneath that comes the list of job duties and responsibilities.

    Qualifications required for the job should also be included in a separate paragraph. Finally, make sure your job description stands out from the crowd. While it is important to describe exactly what your company needs from a candidate, don't forget to include a section about what makes the company a great place to work.

    Write up a brief summary about company culture, benefits or any other information that is enticing to it, would be applicant. Be as descriptive as possible about what makes your company stand out from the competition.

    Follow these tips and your job description will be well-positioned to help you attract more applicants and better qualified candidates ultimately helping you hire a great new employee for your team.