There are many elements to ensuring that you find the candidate that you’re looking for. A very good place to start is by writing an enticing job description for your role; or refreshing existing documents making sure they are still relevant and fit for purpose. Here are our top 10 tips to writing an effective job description…

1. Choose an accurate Job Title

Ensure your title is clear, appropriate and means something to potential candidates outside of your business, avoiding in house jargon. This will also ensure your role comes up when people are searching for work online.

2. Describe the company, culture of the business, team and strategy

In order to fully engage potential candidates, detail what makes you a great place to work. Describe your company culture, values and the structure of the team that the role is based in.  Consider including an outline of the strategy of the business and why the future is excitin

3. Explain the overall purpose of the role

Include a high-level description of why this role exists and what the overall objective is. It should be around a paragraph long and clearly, concisely describes the position.

4. Clearly list the main duties and expectations on the person fulfilling the role

Attempt to list all of the duties that a potential candidate will be asked to undertake to ensure that there are no surprises later on for the new hire.  Also detail expectations around volumes and output and what success looks like.

5. Detail the skills and attributes required of the person

It is important to be clear on the main key skills that a person MUST have to be successful. The importance should be placed on skills but do include attributes that are important on the person being the right fit for the type of role and vice versa.

6. Detail any specific education requirements

Certain professions require a specific qualification in order to carry out the role and some require a minimum of 5 GCSE’s A-C or equivalent. Be clear to set this out and also confirm whether this is essential or desirable.

7. Ensure it is legal and non-discriminatory

If you have never written a Job Description before or it has been a little while, seek professional advice as to what you can and can’t include from a legal perspective. You could find yourself in hot water if your JD is in any way discriminatory.

8. Detail salary bracket and bonus opportunities

Stating “dependent on experience” won’t generate the same level of interest as being explicit about salary and earning potential. If it is a new role and you are unsure what the nature of potential candidate commands, do plenty of research in advance.

9. Read it from the viewpoint of a potential candidate

Before signing off on the document, try to read it as if you were outside of your organisation and a potential candidate. Would it give you a clear idea of what is required and would it excite you enough to go for it!

10. Check it for errors

A basic point but one that many fail to do is to ensure that there are no typos, spelling mistakes in the document.  This can immediately undermine your professionalism in the eyes of a potential candidate.

However you decide to construct your own Job Descriptions, without doubt every role should have one and if you are clear about exactly what you are looking for, it will make the recruitment process much easier for everyone involved.

For any further help or advice, get in touch with the team at Elite Staffing Solutions on 01823 429 566 or