A well thought out and comprehensive job description is essential to ensure the right candidate is recruited in to your oragnisation. Start your position description with a detailed background of the company, then move into the specifics of the role.
1) Define the Position Objectives and Responsibilities
Position descriptions should include objectives that clearly explain the purpose of the job. Outline the responsibilities and duties grouped together in key areas and list both ongoing and daily duties in order of importance.
2) Outline the Position Qualifications
For the best chance of attracting the right candidate, it is important to list the criteria that they must have to be considered for the job. This includes specifications for education, experience, knowledge, technical skills and any transferable skills.
3) Highlight and differentiate between NON Negotiable and Desirable
Unfortunately, you will never get every requirement met on a job spec thus its critical to establish which areas of the role are non negotiable and which areas you can show flexibility on.
4) Esatblish the salary band upfront and be flexible on the requireements if the budget is limited
Some companies loose out on the best talent in the market because they offer salaires that are not market related. If the budget is set and can not be extended then it may be best to reconsider the expectations of the job spec. The effect of not having a strategic role filled is much more detrimental and costly then appointing a hard working, ambitious and fast learning candidate that can be groomed into the role.