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Crafting Job Descriptions

Creating a wonderful job description is essential to helping you attract the best candidates possible for your job. With all the jobs listed on Healthcare Consultant, a well-written 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 hires.

The trick to writing beautiful job descriptions is to find the harmony between providing enough detail so potential candidates understand your company and their role, while keeping everything clean and concise. Don’t worry, we’ve got some tips to get you started.


What Exactly Is A Job Description?

It summarizes the responsibilities, qualifications, skills, and activities required for a role. This document describes the type of work performed. A job description also should include all important company information - mission, culture, and any benefits it provides to employees. It may also specify whom the position reports and the salary range. Having all this information in a job description helps candidates to decipher if they’re qualified to apply for or interested in the position.


The Job Title

Targeted job titles are more effective than generic ones, so use key phrases that accurately describe the role.

Avoid internal lingo that may confuse the job seeker. Stick to standard experience levels like ‘Senior’ rather than “II” or other terms people don’t normally search for.


Job Summary

When typing your summary, make sure that it’s strong and attention grabbing. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Make sure you hook your reader with details about what makes your company unique. Your description of the job is an introduction to the company and the brand you set as an employer. Include details about your company culture to provide the information for why a candidate should work with you. Also make sure to include an exact job location, providing this will optimize your job posting so it appears higher in job search results.


Responsibilities And Duties

Make sure the core responsibilities of the position are detailed. Also emphasize the duties that may be unique to your organization specifically. You also want to highlight the day-to-day activities of the position. This helps candidates to determine if the role and company are a right fit, helping you attract the best candidates for your position. Lastly, let them know who the job reports to and how the person will function within your organization, help them to see the bigger picture.

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Skills And Qualifications

Make sure to include a list of hard and soft skills applicants will need to have for the position. The job posting may specify education, previous job experience, technical experience, and certifications that may be needed for the role. You can also include soft skills like problem solving or communication that are needed for someone to be successful in the role.

Keep that list of skills as tight as possible. You might be tempted to list out every single requirement you are looking for in the ideal hire; however, if you have too many skills and qualifications it might actually scare them off from applying. This is why it’s important to differentiate between the mandatory skills and qualifications they might have and the bonus ones.


Salary and Benefits

Make sure to include a salary range on your job posting. Quality candidates look for opportunities that meet their salary needs. List out your top perks and benefits. What does the candidate get? Do you offer perks like:

  • PTO
  • Flexible hours
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Snacks
  • Dog-friendly office

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In any case, educating the potential hires as much as possible will lead you down the road to a successful hire.

Crafting Job Descriptions
Jake Tilk

Jake is the Digital Marketing Manager for OptyConnect and Healthcare Consultant. He holds a B.B.A. in Marketing with a minor in Business from Western Michigan University and has a certification in Software Development.

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