In essence, a great job description showcases your role to relevant professionals who have expressed interest in working for you. It also offers job seekers a glimpse into what your business is about and the key objectives that your company/team is working towards.
A good job description should focus on the key responsibilities of a role, including how the role fits into the wider organisation.
Whether it is a replacement hire or a newly created position, the nuances of a particular role should be clearly highlighted so that the most suitable professionals can be identified.
Done well, the job description will save time ensuring you see only the most relevant professionals. A good job description will focus your attention (and your recruiters) on what is really needed in the role, including both the technical competencies required and also the softer skills that are needed to succeed as well.
You need to write your job description with the understanding that competitors will also be seeking a similar standard of professional. Therefore, you should treat the job description as an opportunity to sell the role and your company. To do this, focus on what the ideal job seeker is looking for and write the description for them, rather than focussing solely on what you want.Think about:
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