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How to Write a Great Job Description: A Guide for Employers

In today's competitive job market, attracting top talent is crucial for any organisation's success – and one of the most powerful tools at your disposal is a well-crafted job description. A job description not only outlines the responsibilities of a role, but also serves as an opportunity to showcase your company. As a recruitment agency, we understand how important this is – so read on for our tips on how to write a strong job description that will attract the best candidates.

1. Start with a clear job title

The first step in creating a compelling job description is to have a clear and relevant job title. Avoid using vague or jargon-heavy wording that might confuse potential applicants. Instead, opt for descriptive titles that accurately represent the role and will resonate with job seekers.

2. Craft a captivating summary

Your job description's opening should be attention-grabbing and concise. Summarise the job's primary objectives and how it contributes to the organisation's success. Make it exciting and inviting to entice candidates to read further.

3. Outline duties and responsibilities

Provide a comprehensive list of the key duties and responsibilities the successful candidate will undertake. Clearly explain the scope of their role and how it aligns with the company's goals. A well-defined list will help applicants gauge whether they have the necessary skills and experience. You should also mention if the person will be required to travel, domestically or internationally, and for how long.

4. Define the qualifications

To ensure you attract candidates with the right expertise, we recommend listing these three essential qualification components as a bulleted list:

a. Experience: State the required number of years of experience in a relevant field or similar roles. This will ensure your applicants are qualified and helps candidates assess their suitability.

b. Knowledge: Highlight any specific industry knowledge or domain expertise needed. Be clear about the niche skills you seek to filter out unqualified candidates.

c. Skills: List both technical and soft skills required for the role. Identify skills that are critical for success in the position, and emphasise their significance.

5. Mention educational requirements

State the minimum educational qualifications or certifications needed for the role. Clearly communicate if specific degrees or professional courses are essential to the position.

6. Working hours

Spell out the working hours and describe any shift patterns. Don't forget to mention any possibility of flexible or remote working.

7. Accessibility and mobility

Describe how the employees can access the workplace. Give information about public transport, especially for shift workers, as well as parking space availability etc. Describe any issues for mobility-impaired people such as steps, lack of elevators or other workplace hindrances that may be challenging.

8. Salary and benefits

Ideally, mention the salary or the salary range of the role. This will help candidates in their decision whether to apply for the job or not. Lastly, explain any additional benefits packages that your company offers.

IRIS THAUMAS offers recruitment, payroll and employment compliance solutions in Malta and beyond. Visit our homepage to find out more.


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