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 may include any required skills, qualifications, and certifications. An ideal description is concise–including only the most important information–while also providing enough context for an applicant to understand the position.

For a list of sample job descriptions by job title, see example job descriptions.

All job postings must follow the job posting guidelines. See SimplyHired Job Posting Guidelines.

What to include in a job 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

Job seekers should understand what an ideal applicant looks like from the description.

Job descriptions cannot include any outbound links.

Job summary

Use the following tips when writing your job summary:

  • 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

Use the following tips when writing your responsibilities section:

  • 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

When writing your requirements section, use the following tips:

  • 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


Last updated: December 02, 2021
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