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How to write a job description

Writing the Perfect Job Description

In essence, a great job description showcases your role to the potential candidates looking for a role.


A good job description will also focus your attention (and your recruiters) on what is really needed in the role. Whether it is a replacement hire or a newly created position, the nuances of a particular role will be clearly highlighted and provide a clear set of objectives to identify the most suitable candidate. Done well, the job description will save time, ensuring you see only the most relevant professionals.

Job description essentials:

  • Job title - ask your consultant if your role title effectively sells the position

  • Department - outline how your team fits in with the wider organization

  • Key summary on your company, including a line on culture and career progression

  • Reporting lines - who are the direct reports and any 'dotted line' reports

  • Specific key responsibilities - describe in detail, but write them in an engaging way

  • Length of employment (i.e. is this going to be a permanent or contract position)

  • Qualifications required

  • Work experience/background - remember to differentiate what's essential and what's ideal.

  • Salary and benefits

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