How to write a good job description

How to write a good job description

A job description summarizes the general duties and responsibilities for a role. It should include any required skills, qualifications, and certifications. An ideal description is concise–including only the most important information–while also providing enough context for a job seeker to understand the position.

A good job description can help you attract quality applicants. Read the description from applicants’ point of view. Avoid using company-specific jargon that may confuse job seekers. Make sure you offer them a clear understanding of the job and its responsibilities and qualifications.

For a list of example job descriptions by job title, see Job Descriptions - Examples by Title.

The job description must meet the minimum requirements:

  • Be between 30 and 1,000 words.

  • Have no major formatting issues, for example, multiple exclamation points at the end of a sentence.

  • Not contain words or phrases that discriminate or violate our guidelines. See SimplyHired Job Posting Guidelines.

  • Not include any outbound links or email addresses in the job description, as that violates our Terms of Service.

What to include in a job description

Job seekers should understand what an ideal applicant looks like from the description. A successful job description includes:

  • A summary that briefly describes the role

  • A detailed list of responsibilities and duties

  • Any preferred qualifications, such as previous work experience, educational background and desired skills or traits

Use the following tips when writing your job description.

Job summary

A good summary provides an overview of your company. You can describe the company culture and explain the primary expectations about the job.

  • Provide a compelling and unique introduction to the advertised role

  • Introduce prospective applicants to your company

  • Help prospective applicants understand at a high level what the job entails

  • Include information such as location, full- or part-time, and department

Job responsibilities

Outline the core responsibilities of the job. Highlight the job’s day-to-day activities, and explain how the job fits into the overall company structure.

  • Outline the primary functions of the job

  • Highlight any responsibilities that may be unique to the role

  • Describe how the role fits into the larger organization

Job requirements

Keep the list short and concise. Include the most important hard and soft skills an applicant needs to be successful.

  • Offer a realistic set of qualifications

  • Include desired education and previous work experience

  • List required hard skills, including experience with industry-specific tools and software

  • List required soft skills and personality traits, such as excellent communication, leadership, creativity, or problem solving

Job benefits

Describe the benefits and perks an applicant can expect if hired to work for your company.

  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life insurance

  • Paid time off policy

  • Parental leave policy

  • Option to work remotely

  • Commute stipend


Last updated: April 11, 2022
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