How To Write A Job Description: A Hiring Manager’s Guide

October 11, 2022

Finding the perfect fit for your team is not always a walk in the park. It takes time and effort to source, screen, interview, hire, onboard and train candidates for your business. Our top tip? Learn how to write a clear and concise job description for candidates.

According to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), it takes an average time of 42 days to fill a single role. That’s a lot of time and effort! As much as we love the hustle of the entire recruitment process, half the battle is won when we provide a complete description of the role to set expectations from the beginning.

The last thing we want to do is present the candidate for the final interview, only to find out that their understanding of the role is completely different, like night and day.

So how does a hiring manager write a clear-as-day job description? here are some of the critical things we consider:

  1. Provide the salary range –  for complete transparency
  2. Provide an overview of your business –  what you do and who they will be working with
  3. Keep the role and qualifications to 7 bullet points maximum – Less is more. Use clear and concise language to make it easier for the applicants to understand and remember.
Here’s an example of how SUMO does it:

Here at SUMO, we understand that everyone’s time is valuable. We make sure every meeting scheduled is with a specific purpose and brings value to each participant. That is why getting it right from the start is of utmost importance. Finding the perfect fit for the role, the team – ours and our clients, is our top priority.

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