How to write a job description


Crafting a compelling job description is essential to helping you attract the most qualified candidates for your job. With more than 16 million jobs listed on Indeed, a great job description can help your jobs stand out from the rest. Your job descriptions are where you start marketing your company and your job to your future hire.

The key to writing effective job descriptions is to find the perfect balance between providing enough detail so jobseekers understand the role and your company while keeping your description concise. We’ve found that job descriptions between 700 and 1,100 words see an average 24% increase in apply rate.

Use the tips below to create a compelling job listing.

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Job title


Make your job titles specific. Targeted job titles are more effective than generic ones, so be precise by including key phrases that accurately describe the role.

Avoid internal lingo that may confuse the jobseeker. Stick to standard experience levels like “Senior” rather than “VI” or other terms people are less likely to look for.

Keep the job title concise. Our data show job descriptions that are 80 characters or less receive more clicks.

Job summary


Open with a strong, attention-grabbing summary. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position.

Hook your reader with details about what makes your company unique. Your job description is an introduction to your company and your employer brand. Include details about your company culture to sum up why a jobseeker would love to work for you.

Include an exact job location. Provide an exact job location to optimise your job posting so it appears higher in job search results.

Responsibilities and duties


Outline the core responsibilities of the position. Make sure your list of responsibilities is detailed but concise. Also emphasise the duties that may be unique to your organisation. For example, if you are hiring for an “Event Management” role and the position requires social media expertise to promote events, include this detail to ensure jobseekers understand the requirements and can determine if they’re qualified.

Highlight the day-to-day activities of the position. This will help jobseekers understand the work environment and the activities they will be exposed to on a daily basis. This level of detail will help the jobseeker determine if the role and company are a right fit, helping you attract the best candidates for your position.

Specify how the position fits into the organisation. Indicate who the job reports to and how the person will function within your organisation, helping jobseekers see the bigger picture and understand how the role impacts the business.

Qualifications and skills


Include a list of hard and soft skills. Of course, the job description should specify education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills required for the role. You may also include soft skills, like communication and problem solving, as well as personality traits that you envision for a successful hire.

Keep your list concise. While you may be tempted to list out every requirement you envision for your ideal hire, including too many qualifications and skills could dissuade potential candidates.

 

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