The formal position of the successful applicant. Use clear terminology.
The name of your organization.
Describe the general nature, purpose and objective of both the organization and the job. Capture the broad scope of the position in no more than three or four sentences.
Duties and Responsibilities
Identify functions that are essential to meeting the objectives of the job, and secondary requirements. These should be differentiated in the job description. As specifically as possible, list each duty and responsibility of the job. Each statement should begin with an action verb describing the activity. Examples of action verbs: performs, drives, cooks, coaches, monitors, plans, delivers, supervises, recommends, analyzes, paints, weeds, answers, trains, verifies, sells, organizes, files.
Qualifications and Requirements
Identify the minimum qualifications needed to perform the essential elements of the job: education, languages, experience, credentials (for example, to practice in a profession or to operate equipment), skills, and knowledge. Draw attention to any critical expertise or skills. Say whether experience will be viewed as equivalent to formal education requirements. Be careful not to inflate the qualifications for the job. If only a high school education is necessary, make this the minimum requirement rather than a university degree.
Lines of Communication
Identify where the position fits within the hierarchy of your organization.
Special Working Conditions
Are there are any unique working conditions that the candidate should know about - for example, a non-office environment, or working with violent clients. It is also useful to mention commitments your organization has to pay equity and/or employment equity.
Salary and Benefits
You may want to identify the starting salary or pay range and benefit entitlements that are associated with the position. Mention whether the salary is fixed or falls within a range. If it is negotiable, what factors will influence it? For example, is it dependent upon experience? Job seekers prefer knowing as accurately as possible how much you expect to pay them.
Provide a contact name for applications and information about how job seekers can get in touch - telephone and fax numbers, e-mail and mailing address.